Proposed spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie scrapped, according to Grant Kirkhope

Posted on April 23, 2014 - 6:40pm by Ryan Conway

The "Mingy Jongo" project has been scrapped, says legendary composer Grant Kirkhope. 

In the Fall of 2012, a talented group of ex-Rareware staffers joined together in an effort to gage interest in a possible spiritual successor to the beloved Banjo-Kazooie franchise (the first two games in particular), which has fallen mostly be the wayside since Microsoft bought the studio.

The project, dubbed "Mingy Jongo," ​was to be everything that made Banjos Kazooie and Tooie great, a 3D collect-a-thon platformer with colorful and wack worlds to explore and goofy, googly-eyed characters to occupy them. 

Within three months, the proposed project received quite a bit of fan support, as its Twitter account peeked at over 16,200 eager followers and there were even talks of a Kickstarter campaign. Unfortunately, the group abandoned @MingyJongo just before Christmas and the Kickstarter never materialized. 

Many fans were left wondering what happened to the project and if it had been scrapped or if there was still a slight chance of it coming together. This past weekend, project composer and Rare veteran Grant Kirkhope confirmed during a Reddit AMA session, "Mingy Jongo" was indeed scrapped.

Why? As Mr. Kirkhope pointed out, it was just another case of life getting in the way. 

"The other guys actually had a secret meeting in a pub near Rare and we even got as far as having a character drawn up and a demo level type thing but it all fell to bits .... everyone's got other jobs, etc." 

This is a real shame, as a faithful recreation of the N64 glory days of 3D platforming made by those who crafted the best of the best, would have been wonderful. However, as long as these good people continue to work in the industry and inspire others, well, legends like Banjo and his feathered friend Kazooie, will never truly die!

Source: Reddit via Joystiq

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