"We Love Banjo & Banjo Fans"
So far, Playtonic Games has had a good run.
After a very successful Kickstarter for Yooka-Laylee, they also released their second game, Impossible Lair, which had better reception with a more streamlined platforming approach. They seemed to really be hitting their stride, and their publishing partnership with Team17 lasted for several years. What do they do next? That's anyone's guess! But this is not a Banjo-Kazooie revival.
If you haven't heard, there are myriad rumors that Playtonic is working on a new Banjo-Kazooie game for Microsoft, either for Xbox One or Xbox Series X. Well, Playtonic decided to put these rumors to bed this morning, simply stating that "these are rumors" and that they "are not working on a new Banjo game". The account clarifies that they "don't want fans to get their hopes up," so they decided to shut down this rumor quickly.
The account goes on to say that they "love [banjo] fans" and acknowledged the rumor as they don't want "hope". Smart move! Even though Banjo-Kazooie isn't strictly Nintendo property anymore, it does have Nintendo roots, and everyone knows the rumor mill can go wild with anything in this arena.
In other Playtonic news, the studio is extending an offer to Yooka-Laylee Switch owners from April 9-19: If you own the game on Switch, you can get Impossible Lair for 50% off. Additionally, the Nintendo 64 model update will arrive on Xbox One and PS4 "before the end of April" and the plan for Yooka DLC will involve "small incremental updates free, for everyone, rather than contributors only like originally planned".
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