Rumor: Playtonic Developing a New Banjo-Kazooie?

It has been over a decade since Nuts and Bolts, the last Banjo-Kazooie game. But the wait for another title may be coming to an end, thanks to some familiar faces. Playtonic Games, comprised of former Rare employees, have made some interesting hires lately, which has fueled the fire of a potential new Banjo-Kazooie game in the works.

Rumor: Could Playtonic Be Developing a New Banjo-Kazooie?

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:

If that wasn’t enough, Gavin Price—co-owner, studio, and game director at Playtonic—added this to his Linkedin profile:

Playtonic Credits
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.

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