Banjo-Kazooie is one of those games that has a passionate following, despite a dearth of titles. Many of the original developers from Rare reunited at Playtonic Games in 2014 and have made two games that showcase their skills from the old days. The BZ-inspired Yooka-Laylee and its Donkey Kong Country-inspired sequel Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair have reminded gamers how good classic Rare games were. It’s no wonder then that fans would start to hope for a new Banjo-Kazooie title made by the folks who worked on the original.
But no, that’s still not happening, as Playtonic has reiterated:
We aren't working on a new Banjo game.
We're clarifying this because we don't like the idea of fans getting their hopes up. Sorry. https://t.co/p7GSpF07jG
— Playtonic (@PlaytonicGames) April 9, 2020
It’s easy to see where this idea might spring from. Banjo & Kazooie are now characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, released to great fanfare and with a fun and powerful kit. Additionally, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is back in the news after the developers announced a slew of free DLC yesterday. All these reminders of how good a new Banjo-Kazooie would be if the original creators had their hands on it again can get to be a lot for fans of the originals.
Sadly, it doesn’t seem meant to be. Playtonic has addressed this before, and it’s clear that they won’t be taking on the bear and the bird anytime soon. I’ve never played the original games on the Nintendo 64, but they’ve always been on my list. And I know what it’s like to hope for a quality follow-up for my favorite games — a new Chrono title seemed like a guarantee when Square and Enix merged, after all. Personally, I’m hoping for a best-of-both-worlds approach once Yooka-Laylee is more established and a crossover with Banjo-Kazooie makes more sense. For now, the team at Playtonic seems to be content making content for its current animal duo.