New Banjo-Kazooie game isn’t being developed by Playtonic

Yolanda Curtis
November 7, 2019

The speculation stems from a ResetEra thread, after Playtonic announced that Ed Bryan - character artist for Banjo-Kazooie - had joined the studio.

Both suggestions were addressed in a statement released by Playtonic on Twitter. Outside of Banjo and Kazooie appearing as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Microsoft has mostly squandered its ownership of the Banjo-Kazooie license, with fans requesting a brand new game for years now.

A series of too-suspicious-to-be-circumstantial events has led the internet to believe a new Banjo-Kazooie game is in the works from Playtonic Games, the indie studio made up of former Rare developers now known for retro platformer Yooka-Laylee.

However, Playtonic has now dismissed the rumors that it's helping bring this unconfirmed new Banjo-Kazooie game to life, saying that it remains an independent studio committed to its own original projects.

We needed to handle the hypothesis at the moment swarming our mentions. The statement was issued following a day of online rumors suggesting such.

One could probably say good on PlayTonic to not let people get their hopes up and let a rumor like a new Banjo-Kazooie game get too far out of hand.

Whereas we'd like to work with the bear and chook once more, that ball isn't in our courtroom. Well, Playtonic chose to set the record straight.

Yesterday, we reported about Playtonic Games rumored to be working on a new Banjo-Kazooie game and in the middle of an acquisition process from Xbox Game Studios, which was something Xbox fans were looking forward to happening at X019.

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