As many will know, Playtonic Games consists of ex-RARE developers who developed the Banjo-Kazooie series. Nowadays, they’re working on the similarly whimsical Yooka-Laylee series – although some signs could point at them revisiting the bird-and-bear duo!
Namely, the company and its staff have been undergoing some interesting developments. The first of which was the registration of a new company titled ‘PLAYTONIC GAMES DEVELOPMENT LIMITED’ awhile back. This was accompanied by one its co-owners, Gavin Price, updating his LinkedIn resume as follows:
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.
This pretty much points to the studio having new projects in its pipeline.
However, fans speculation really began heating up when one of Playtonic’s developers posted this image of a Microsoft bag – stating that he was bringing it ‘out of retirement’.
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
For those out of the loop, Microsoft is the current owner of the Banjo-Kazooie IP. While it could just be a pure coincidence or joke, some took it as a teaser that Playtonic could be working with Microsoft on something – especially something involving the bird and bear! Of course, many others were understandably skeptical.
Makes sense. This feels like the right time for a new Banjo.
Also, one of those three games is probably an HD remaster of Kazooie and Tooie.@PlaytonicGames please come up with a better name than “Banjo-Threeie.” It’s hard to pronounce.
— Joseph R. Casper (@MoJoe_Casper) November 5, 2019
I feel like it’s the latter
I’m sure that Microsoft would let Playtonic be their own studio, but let them work on a Banjo-Kazooie game as a partnership
— Geno and Doom Slayer Believer (@UmbranHedgehog) November 5, 2019
Oh I hope they do. Banjo Kazooie remake bundle? PLEASE?
— Bradley Sprinkle ⚔️252?️ (@blasterboy_1995) November 5, 2019
I honestly do NOT trust Playtonic to make a new Banjo Kazooie game. They are better off remaking the original Banjo game.
— ell D (@PlumeDude) November 5, 2019
Rumors are going around that Microsoft is going to acquire Playtonic and they will be making a new Banjo-Kazooie game…
Playtonic was formed by ex-Rare employees who left Microsoft to do their own thing and becoming exclusive again would be a total cop out.
Hope it's false.
— James Rolls (@TheJamesRolls) November 5, 2019
What do YOU think? Is this all just a happy coincidence, or could Playtonic really be returning to Banjo-Kazooie? Feel free to share your thoughts below!