Banjo-Kazooie’s reputation after Rare’s purchase by Microsoft has been questionable, especially with the stumbling of Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, but Rare’s most recent effort to draw attention to the franchise is easily their most unsettling.
Rare showed off a tech demo featuring Banjo and Kazooie at the SXSW Gaming Awards today, one that gave the audience the ability to control Banjo and Kazooie with motion controls. The audience would move their arms in the air together to move the iconic heroes.
— Rare Ltd. (@RareLtd) March 15, 2015
Rare revealed on Twitter that the demo was created by Audience Entertainment specifically for SXSW. While this was no confirmation of any sort of Banjo-Kazooie game to come, it shows that Rare still has interest in their iconic franchise. A video of the demo is available on Audience Entertainment’s vimeo channel.
Rare has been teasing a Banjo-Kazooie project for months now, with E3 2015 being the rumored time and place for its official unveiling. While a Kinect-based Banjo-Kazooie title is certainly controversial (even if this wasn’t it), know that Playtonic Games (built from Rare alumni) are working on Project Ukulele, a game that’s more in tune with classic Banjo-Kazooie platformers.