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Ex-Rare Devs Of Playtonic Games Will Debut First Game Soon
You might not know the name Playtonic Games, but you sure know the talent behind it. This studio comprised entirely of ex-Rare veterans will reveal their teased game Project Ukulele next month at the 2015 EGX Rezzed event.
Playtonic’s presentation will be on Saturday, March 14th with the subtle name ‘A rare reunion: Rebirth of the 3d platformer.’ That’s a lofty goal, for sure. Gavin Price, Creative Director over at Playtonic, describes the presentation:
It was the fans of our past work who inspired the creation of Playtonic, so we’re delighted to be able to showcase our vision to them in person at EGX Rezzed – as well as a few cheeky details of our game!”
Resurrecting a dead genre is a tall order, but Playtonic has the resume to do it. I wrote about Playtonic when they came out as a studio last month. Price and his partner in crime Chris Sutherland have credits on Banjo Tooie, Viva Pinata, Conker’s Bad Fur Day, and Jet Force Gemini just between the two of them.
Playtonic Games was formed in response to the downfall of Rare, one of the biggest developers in the late 90’s. Price wants to reclaim the golden-age of N64 platformers, and he’s going to start with Project Ukulele.
Their announcement last month was very light on details, so the presentation at EGX Rezzed will be our first real glimpse at anything substantial. Price has touted Project Ukulele as the “spiritual successor to Banjo Kazooie” on multiple occasions. Expect anthropomorphic animals wearing clothes for some reason and a ton of collectibles.
The above image is the only released picture of Project Ukulele. You can already see the big, cartoony eyes that made us fall in love with the likes of Banjo, Kazooie, Crash Bandicoot, and other old-school platforming characters. We’ll just have to wait and see how Playtonic plans to bring back 1998.