Playtonic Games, the studio composed of former Rare employees born from the ashes of the Mingy Jongo project (a spiritual successor to Banjo-Tooie), has been getting a lot of attention since their formal debut earlier this month. Now, the studio is getting three more Rare alumni on board for their Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Project Ukelele, this time for the music composition.
The first composer on board is David Wise, a long-time Rare veteran who has composed music for the Donkey Kong Country series. Wise’s more recent endeavors include Star Fox Adventures, Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise, and a return to the Donkey Kong Country series in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
Next on the roster is Steve Burke. Burke has composed music and sound effects for games like Viva Piñata, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, and Kameo Elements of Power (where he worked with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra).
Finally, fan favorite Grant Kirkhope will be contributing music to Project Ukelele. Kirkhope’s acclaim has become legendary among nostalgic gamers, as he composed the soundtracks to Banjo-Kazooie, Perfect Dark, and Donkey Kong 64 (including the DK Rap). Kirkhope also composed the score to Civilization: Beyond Earth and will be contributing to another Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor, Gears for Breakfast’s A Hat in Time.
All three of these men have not only worked with Rare in the past, but have collaborated together musically before. Playtonic Games have a trio of talent on board for their Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor, so we’re eager to hear what new tunes these men will create for the game.