A group of ex-Rare developers have chosen to part ways with the Microsoft owned studio and have established Playtonic Games. The six strong team currently made up of Chris Sutherland, Gavin Price, Steve Mayles, Jens Restemeier, Steven Hurst and Mark Stevenson.
On the Playtonic Games website they introduce themselves as
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.
Together, our all-star ensemble is aiming to build its debut game, ‘Project Ukulele’, into a worthy spiritual successor to those fondly remembered platforming adventures we built in the past.
It is unlikely their new game will be Banjo Kazooie as the IP is owned by Rare and Microsoft, but they could come close with the platforming action we miss from recent releases.