Playtonic Games announcing their spiritual successor to Banjo Kazooie in the form of an entirely new property is exciting news for fans of the old Rare games. Microsoft hasn’t really utilized Rare’s properties beyond giving Killer Instinct to another developer, but Playtonic’s Gavin Price says he would be down with cross-promotion of their projects with Microsoft’s Rare, if the parent company was kosher with it. According to Price, he’d love to feature Banjo & Kazooie in their upcoming project as an homage to the roots of it. I wanted to get across with my Rare comments how that even though we’ve left them, lots of people are still there who we consider to be our friends and of course we wish them well with whatever they do in their future careers. I don’t see us collaborating on a game in future, more a sense that we help cross-promote each others games in fun ways if the chance arose either in Ukulele or other games we do in future. For example, IF Rare and Microsoft were up for it, it would be great to have a certain Bear and Bird lost in one of our worlds and needing the help of our new heroes to get back. Playtonic Games is made up of several former Rare employees who left the company to pursue their own goals. Earlier this year, the dev team announced Project Ukulele, which is supposed to be a throwback to the classic platforming action from Banjo Kazooie, albeit with entirely new characters. It’ll be interesting to see if the team will be able to recreate the magic of memorable mascots and perhaps we’ll get a better sneak peek at what the team is working on at E3 this year. local_offer microsoft Nintendo playtonic games rare wii u stars Further Reading The cost of Nintendo consoles in today's dollars Wii U gets firmware update Watch the Smash 4 EVO Finals on Disney XD Take a peek at this week’s Nintendo Dow 9 things you probably didn't know about Super Mario Bros. Insane Mario Maker level still unbeaten.