A year ago this project was dead. It "all fell to bits, everyone’s got other jobs", according to composer Grant Kirkhope. But in the last few months the Twitter accounts of both Kirkhope and the project itself sprang to life with cryptic hints and tweets. Today, the account is now known as @PlaytonicGames, a new indie studio composed of former Rare devs and the core team of Banjo-Kazooie and other platformer collect-a-thons of the day (the GoldenEye and Perfect Dark team has since moved on to form Free Radical Design and more recently Crytek. Another bunch of former Rare devs, led by the Stamper bros., have since formed FortuneFish - a mobile games developer) In two days, their first game is set to be revealed in Edge magazine. All we know is that it is a platformer, a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie/Donkey Kong 64/Banjo-Tooie, presumably Kirkhope is doing the music due to his constant hinting, and that the game has funding but they are looking for a publisher - ideally Nintendo. Their mission statement is to create "the video game stars of the future that are inspired by [their] past." We'll know more in a few days, but right now I am excited. This has been a done genre, and now we're getting both A Hat in Time and this mystery game!? Is the 3D adventure platformer collect-a-thon due for a rebirth? Or are these just a couple short nods to the past? I have long hoped that since Microsoft's Rare is an empty shell, that Nintendo could scoop up the haphazardly scattered core developers of yesterday year and form a Western-centric team, and buy back the Banjo license lol Well, we're part of the way there now.