Playtonic Games Clarifies Intentions To Collaborate With Rare On Project Ukelele

by Kyle Hilliard on Mar 29, 2015 at 06:54 AM

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Playtonic Games' Gavin Price spoke of a hopeful collaboration with former employer Rare, and wanted to offer some more details and clarity on exactly what he meant.

If you're unfamiliar with Playtonic Games and Project Ukelele, it's a recently formed studio made mostly of former Rare developers who are working on a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie. Not much is known about the game, currently known as Project Ukelele, as Playtonic is still being very secretive, but you can find out more here and here..

Regarding the original statement that got Banjo-Kazooie and old-school Rare fans a little too excited, Price told The Guardian, “You never know, there are some good old mates of ours down the road [at Rare], they may want to do a little multi-studio collaboration,” when asked about collaboration.

Following that interview appearing online, Price wrote on Playtonic's message boards about what he meant.

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' Project Ukelele is still very mysterious. It showcased more of the game recently however, and announced a Kickstarter planned for the game in May, which you can read about here..

[Source: The Guardian, Playtonic forums]


Our Take
This is far from damage control – Price just wants to make sure fans who are excited about Project Ukelele have their expectations in check. I'm looking forward to seeing exactly what the game is, but Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor is enough to make me excited.