Some of the Rare staff liable for the studio’s N64 golden age titles are getting the band again collectively to work on a brand new platformer referred to as Tamarin.
Truth be instructed, we do not know a lot about Tamarin at this level. The trailer hints at a principally cutesy platformer that appears remarkably much like latest 3D platformer throwback title, Yooka-Laylee. We see our hero watch his village be brunt to the bottom, which (naturally) evokes him to go on a globe-trotting quest. Along the best way, he encounters what seem like industrial villains bent on destroying the sport’s lush and pure world.
While that journey seems to incorporate the all the puzzle fixing and amassing we have come to affiliate with 3D platformers made throughout the N64 period, we’re somewhat shocked to see the lovable foremost character wield a gun. While all of the motion appears to be like appropriately cartoony, the traditional Rare platformers of outdated had been by no means actually about motion. At the identical time, this mechanic does seem like a reasonably attention-grabbing means to brighten up the outdated components for these titles.
The element that actually issues, although, is who’s engaged on this recreation. Tamarin is being developed and designed by Donkey Kong 64 artist Richard Vaucher, composer David Wise (who labored on Donkey Kong Country and different Rare classics), Graeme Norgate (whose sound work contains GoldenEye 007, Blast Corps, and Perfect Dark), and what we assume shall be a small group of further builders.
Maybe it is a bit optimistic to have the ability to count on these guys to recapture the outdated “Rare magic,” however there’s at all times the hope that they could. While latest Rare video games like Sea of Thieves are pretty good, there was a time when Rare was often called probably the greatest studios within the enterprise (due partially to their unbelievable 3D platformers for the N64). Many wish to see Rare return to the 3D platformer style, however since that appears prefer it won’t occur within the close to future, Tamarin may be as shut as we get.
Tamarin is about to launch this summer season for PC and PS4.
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