With the inclusion of Banjo-Kazooie in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, some fans speculated that it could build interest in a new title for the long-dormant franchise. One curious Reset Era user has riled some of those very fans with an interesting array of coincidences.
As shown by a Reset Era thread started by an individual named Mazi, a recent Playtonic hire of Ed Bryan, former Rare developer that was the character artist for the Banjo-Kazooie titles, among others, was the tip of the iceberg. From there, Bryan tweeted a vague image of a Microsoft-themed bag, stating that he “never really had plans to use [it] again.” When asked about it by a follower, Bryan responded that it had “come out of retirement!” The interaction can be seen below:
Well, I never really had any plans to use this again. pic.twitter.com/r3wS18vrrR
— Ed Bryan (@ItsMingyJongo) November 3, 2019
It’s come out of retirement!
— Ed Bryan (@ItsMingyJongo) November 4, 2019
If that wasn’t enough, Gavin Price—co-owner, studio, and game director at Playtonic—added this to his Linkedin profile:
Yooka-Laylee, Yooka-Laylee & The Impossible Lair, and in the foreseeable future that game #3, #4 and the #5 one too which is the one I always thought would be game #1.
And finally, as alleged by Reset Era user Klobrille, Playtonic registered a new company, PLAYTONIC GAMES DEVELOPMENT LIMITED, randomly on September 17th. What on Earth could Playtonic possibly need a second company for?
With all this happening within such a short timeframe, many have speculated that Playtonic will be joining Xbox Game Studios, considering the Microsoft-themed bag and the company’s roots with Rare, which is currently owned by Microsoft. And with the vague information provided by Price’s Linkedin profile, this could all be leading to a massive announcement in the near-future. Whether or not a new Banjo-Kazooie game is in the works, the rumors will circulate until an official statement is provided. And for those that have waited this long, fingers crossed.