Playtonic Aren't Working on Banjo-Kazooie; No Plans to Join Xbox Game Studios

By Heidi Nicholas,
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair has been doing well all-round, and Playtonic Games fans have been questioning whether a reveal of a new Banjo-Kazooie game was in the works. Over on ResetEra, user mazi hypothesised about what recent hirings over at the studio and tweets from its employees could mean, referencing the hiring of Ed Bryan, a character artist for Banjo-Kazooie, and even his tweet about his Microsoft bag "coming out of retirement". Playtonic Games have now stepped forwards to put the rumours at rest.

"We hate to be the bearers of news that isn't what you want to hear, but we thought it best to come out and say — we aren't working on a new Banjo-Kazooie game", they said on Twitter. "While we would love to work with the bear and bird again, that ball isn't in our court." They referenced the rumours, saying "we found it amusing that Ed Bryan's bag is being used as serious "evidence", but we reckon it wouldn't be fair if we didn't set the record straight". The rumours of a new Banjo-Kazooie game were perhaps heightened by the fact that Playtonic Games has a number of former Rare developers, who created Banjo-Kazooie with Microsoft, but Playtonic Games have emphasised in their tweet that they "remain an independent studio".

One fan jokingly commented on Playtonic's tweet that they didn't mention anything about a remake, only that they wouldn't be working on a new Banjo-Kazooie game. Playtonic responded with: "We're not at all working on the Banjo-Kazooie IP", with a smiley face. Clearly, even though they do it with a smile, Playtonic are determined to emphatically quash these rumours before fans get too carried away.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Heidi graduated with an MA in English Literature, and now enjoys writing news, reviews, and features across TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies. When she’s not writing, Heidi is usually either looking for her next RPG, or trying to convince the rest of the team to hear about yet another delightfully wholesome game she has found.