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E3 may be over, but we’re still seeing footage and interviews pour out of the show. Eurogamer now has its own interview up with Yooka-Laylee art director Steve Mayles and composer Grant Kirkhope, along with footage. See their video below.

GameXplain chatted with Grant Kirkhope and Steve Mayles at E3. The two commented on expandable levels, minecraft segments, lessons learned from Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie, and more. The full interview is below.

Rare created Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie, but the team never went on to develop a third platformer in the series for the N64. Some may wonder why.

Speaking with Kotaku, Grant Kirkhope indicated that it came down to fatigue. While Rare did go on to make Donkey Kong 64, they were a bit tired when it came to making 3D platformers, and Rare didn’t do too much else in that space.

As Kirkhope explained:

“I think with Tooie we were tired of it at that point. We’d done two games, and, if you do continual sequels—Rare didn’t like to do that—we didn’t want to do another Banjo game. And that’s why it kind of ended there.”

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The latest Yooka-Laylee comes from Polygon, who sat down with Grant Kirkhope and Andy Robinson to discuss the 3D platformer. The two commented on topics such as not wanting to copy Banjo-Kazooie, taking inspiration (and elements) from Donkey Kong Country, and more.

Head past the break for a roundup of the Q&A. You can find Polygon’s original piece here.

At E3 2015 this week, GameXplain sat down with Grant Kirkhope and Andy Robinson to talk about Yooka-Laylee. You can watch the full half-hour discussion below.

Yooka-Laylee composer Grant Kirkhope has shared the first piece of music from Playtonic’s new 3D platformer. The track is simply called “Jungle”, and should play out in the relevant level. You can have a listen below.


During the latest LoboCast, it was revealed that Grant Kirkhope will be involved with the Kickstarter-funded indie game Lobodestroyo. He’ll be composing the theme to the “Liga De Los Villanos” theme while Gooseworx will be remixing it.

Kirkhope has worked on such classics as GoldenEye 007, Banjo-Kazooie, and Donkey Kong 64. More recently, he contributed to Kingdoms of Amalur, Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, and A Hat in Time.