Mingy Jongo, a planned spiritual successor to Banjo Kazooie, has been officially confirmed as a dead project.
Planning to be a 3D platformer in the spirit of the classic Nintendo 64 games, Mingy Jongo would have been a continuation of the popular Banjo Kazooie series. A group of ex-Rare employees began pushing for the game back in 2012, and the project garnered a lot of support, reaching over 16,000 followers on the Twitter account.
Grant Kirkhope, one of those attached to the project, and the composer for games such as Donkey Kong 64 and Banjo Kazooie, participated in a Reddit AMA yesterday. In the AMA, Kirkhope was asked for the status of Mingy Jongo.
“It all fell to bits,” explains Kirkhope, “everyone’s got other jobs etc.” There was some progress made before it fell apart though. “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.”
Bad news for 3D platformer fans then. Before being scrapped, the game was to be created in Unity, with the PC as one of the release platforms. Kirkhope did also state in the AMA that he would be more than happy to work on the music for ‘Banjo-Threeie’, if asked by Rare, so all hope isn’t lost just yet.