Newswire: Banjo-Kazooie creators unveil new game about an animal duo with musical names

Earlier this year, the Rare Ltd. expats who formed Playtonic Games started talking about their not-so-secret project: a new game in the mold of Banjo-Kazooie, one of Rare’s signature creations from the Nintendo 64 era. Today, Playtonic pulled back the sentient, googly-eyed curtain on its “spiritual successor.” The new game is called Yooka-Laylee, named for the reincarnated spirits of Banjo and Kazooie that serve as its starring animal buddy-duo. Yooka is a bipedal chameleon, and Laylee is the bat that hangs out on his head. Together, they’ll run and jump through themed worlds and collect a bunch of stuff, including “Pagies” (not to be confused with “Jiggies”).

Some of the key creative minds behind Rare’s most beloved games are heading up development. The studio is led by Chris Sutherland, the lead programmer on the likes of Donkey Kong Country and Banjo-Kazooie. (He’s also the voice of …

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