Yooka-Laylee dev squashes rumors of work on new Banjo-Kazooie

Ruben Fields
November 7, 2019

After some personnel shifts at the studio, fans started to speculate that Playtonic is working on a proper Banjo sequel as part of Microsoft Game Studios, and that speculation has gotten far enough out of hand that the developer had to shut it down.

Both suggestions were addressed in a statement released by Playtonic on Twitter.

Those hopeful fans who were banking on a rumor that the folks at PlayTonic were going back to the Banjo-Kazooie were in for a taste of disappointment today.

The rumor formed on November 3, 2019 when PlayTonic Character Developer Ed Bryan (and creator of characters like Mumbo Jumbo in Banjo-Kazooie) posted an innocent image of a Microsoft tote bag on his personal Twitter.

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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 wanted to address the speculation now swarming our mentions", said the company. We hate to be the bearers of reports that isn't what you need to hear, however we thought it finest to come back out and say - we aren't engaged on a brand new Banjo-Kazooie recreation and we stay an unbiased studio.

Playtonic Games has said it would "love to" make a new Banjo-Kazooie game, should Microsoft ever approach the studio.

Whereas we'd like to work with the bear and chook once more, that ball isn't in our courtroom. At first, we discovered it amusing that Ed Bryan's bag is getting used as critical "evidence", however we reckon it wouldn't be truthful if we didn't set the file straight.

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