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Rare: Banjo not a racing game

After leaked screenshots appear on the Internet ahead of the official unveiling, a Rare rep is quick to point out that all has not yet been revealed.


Microsoft's Rare dinghy sprang a few leaks over the weekend, as the Internet was awash with screenshots from the upcoming Banjo-Kazooie. The screens show several different vehicles, including a jeep, a plane, and what looks like a flying cauldron.

Tomorrow? But we're hyperactive now!
Tomorrow? But we're hyperactive now!

However, a Rare representative was quick to stress that the latest Banjo won't be a racing game. He told GameSpot, "Please don't jump to any conclusions because you haven't seen the half of it yet. You're better off waiting for tomorrow when we will talk about it in much more detail. You can't really tell the gameplay mechanics from a screenshot, and it's the gameplay mechanics which are going to blow people away tomorrow." Tomorrow, Microsoft will hold a Gamers' Day event in San Francisco.

The first Banjo-Kazooie was released in 1998 on the Nintendo 64, and featured a bear called Banjo and a bird named Kazooie on an action adventure to rescue Banjo's sister Tooty. A sequel followed in 2000, also for the Nintendo 64, called Banjo-Tooie, where the sisters of witch Gruntilda Winkybunion are planning to get her a new body. This was followed by Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge, and Banjo-Pilot. The next-gen iteration of the franchise was announced back in 2006 at Microsoft's X06 press conference.

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