Rare gives a peek at Banjo-Kazooie’s early development

Chris Scott Barr - Dec 22, 2015, 2:27pm CST
Rare gives a peek at Banjo-Kazooie’s early development

Banjo-Kazooie was easily one of the best non-Nintendo games to hit the Nintendo 64. From the loveable characters, to the beautiful open world, there were many reasons to love the game. But what you might not know is that it was originally supposed to be a completely different game.

Fresh off of the release of Donkey Kong Country, the team at Rare had a vision of an RPG that took the same engine, and utilized it in a new way. The game was labeled Project Dream, and followed the adventures of a group of pirates. Well today we get a closer look at Project Dream, courtesy of the very people who were working on it.

When you hear about a game going through as many changes as Project Dream did, it usually doesn’t have the same fairy tale ending. Games like Daikana and of course Duke Nukem Forever come to mind. However, it would seem that in Rare’s case, they made the right decisions along the way.

It’s hard to imagine a world where Banjo-Kazooie starred a regular guy with a dog, or a rabbit that looked like a man in a rabbit suit. If you want to relive some of those classic Banjo-Kazooie games, then you’ll be happy to know that Rare released a host of their classic games for the Xbox One, dubbed Rare Replay earlier this year.


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