Ex Rare Ltd. Devs Create ‘Playtonic Games’

Playtonic is a new independent game development studio formed entirely of staff who once worked for Rare Ltd., the creators of Donkey Kong Country and Banjo Kazooie.

The studio revealed themselves on PlaytonicGames.com and asked that people join them on their “epic quest” to create “unforgettable fun, unforgettable characters and unforgettable experiences, all sprinkled with a hint of magic dust from a golden age of gaming.”

The website currently only features an image of 2 sets of eyes behind leaves with the caption “who’s hiding in here?” and a news post outlining the company’s future plans. It says:

“Currently we’re a sextet of artists, programmers and designers – sort of like The Pussycat Dolls with computer science degress – with one thing in common; we were all once core member of famous UK studio Rare, where we helmed franchises such as Banjo-Kazooie, Donkey Kong Country and Viva Piñata.

“We’ve got the bloke who programmed Donkey Kong Country, the character designer behind Banjo and Kazooie, and the artist who made your console fit to burst with lavish environments across a decade’s worth of adventure games.”

The post also announced the studuio’s debut game, ‘Project Ukulele’. It is set to be a spiritual successor to “fondly remembered” platforming adventures such as Banjo Kazooie and Banjo Tooie.

“Over the coming months we’ll reveal more about our project and future growth plans, and we very much intend to get you involved and listen to your views on our game’s direction,” they added.

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