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  • Rumor: Playtonic Games Possibly Joining Xbox Game Studios Or Developing New Banjo-Kazooie Game

    November 6th, 2019GamespotUncategorized

    There are hints that Playtonic Games, the developer for the Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee, have been acquired by Microsoft and / or working on a new Banjo-Kazooie game.

    Playtonic Games announced it has hired Ed Bryan, former Rare developer who was the character artist for the Banjo-Kazooie games. He left Rare in 2011 and helped on the designs for the first Yooka-Laylee game.


    Following the tweet from Playtonic, Ed Bryan tweeted a picture of a bag with the Microsoft logo on it. He says it has come out of retirement.



    The co-owner, studio and game director at Playtonic Games Gavin Price updated his LinkedIn profile with the following text:

    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.

    Playtonic Games on September 17 registered a new company called PLAYTONIC GAMES DEVELOPMENT LIMITED.

    Microsoft's next big Xbox event, X019, will be held in London from November 14 to 16, and Playtonic Games is a British developer. A new episode of Inside Xbox will be held at the event on November 14 at 12pm PT / 3pm ET / 8pm UK.

    This should be treated only as speculation and a rumor until an official announcement is made. 

    Thanks ResetEra.

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