Banjo-Kazooie is back (kinda) at SXSW

There might not be a new Banjo-Kazooie game in the works, but developer Rare did pick a couple of familiar characters to illustration motion controls and audience participation at this weekend’s SXSW Gaming Awards.

Rare's Banjo-Kazooie-themed tech demonstration

Rare’s Banjo-Kazooie-themed tech demonstration

The short clip featured both Banjo and Kazooie flying around the big screen, seemingly controlled by the audience’s waving arms. There is a nifty video of the awards available (Banjo-Kazooie is around three-minutes in), but Twitch, in its great wisdom, has muted the audio for copyright purposes.

This experience was created specifically for SXSW by Audience Entertainment, and it raises a couple of interesting questions: Will we ever see a new Banjo-Kazooie game? Will this sort of technology appear outside of tech demos?

What we do know: Rare is definitely putting in long hours on something, referred to as the “spiritual successor” to Banjo-Kazooie. In the meantime, the studio’s sharing its characters with a number of other developers. Conker is set to pop up in Project Spark, while Battletoads are appearing in Shovel Knight real soon now…

(Image via Geoff Keighley)

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