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We know from recent interviews with Phil Spencer that it's up to Rare to do more with classic characters like Banjo-Kazooie and Conker, and despite there being successful revivals of Killer Instinct and Battletoads those were made by different developers, so I'm wondering who is the most qualified developer, in-house at Microsoft or otherwise, to make a new Banjo-Kazooie game (even if it's a reboot).

From what I've seen and heard Sumo Digital is good with making games using cartoony art styles (Snake Pass, Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing and Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed), and if Sackboy: A Big Adventure on PS5 is a success, then they really will have proven themselves qualified to bring back Banjo-Kazooie.

Unfortunately I don't know of any other developers who have proven themselves capable of making a good modern collect-a-thon platformer who would be available now or relatively soon. Gears for Breakfast is still working on A Hat in Time, Playtonic said they're not making a new Banjo-Kazooie, and obviously the Super Mario Odyssey dev team hasn't access to Banjo-Kazooie.

Who do you think should make a new Banjo-Kazooie?

And anyone who says "Why bother?!", get out.



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Yooka Laylee was amazing considering it was a small developer. Give that team 25-50 more members for their team and a good budget and they could absolutely make a worthy, modern take on Banjo and, personally, I'd like to see it! But I'd also like more Yooka with a bigger budget too!

I'd be happy if MS bought them and financed their dream games!



Iron Galaxy or Play-Tonic



Bite my shiny metal cockpit!

Rare, they still have some original Banjo staff. Or possibly Rare x Doublefine



Rare would be ideal, if they can hire back a couple of people would be a bonus. I would trust Playtonic with it if Microsoft allowed it. The Rayman Legends team could probably do it if they trusted Ubisoft. Nintendo has allowed 3rd parties access to their ips like F Zero and Star Fox, so Microsoft could do the same. I like A Hat in Time, but I don't have a lot of faith in their practices. Saying we will never make it for the Switch mocking fans, a few years later here you go Switch you get the game and all the dlc's, oh but Sony and Microsoft you are stuck with just the bare bones version and no dlc. Apparently they are still working on the dlc, but come on the game released 3 years ago!



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Guys Double Fine is releasing Psychonauts 2 next year. They are a 1st party studio with recent platformer experience. Rare and them should collaborate on the next entry



Xbox: Best hardware, Game Pass best value, best BC, more 1st party genres and multiplayer titles. 

 

Do we really want a new Banjo? I don't know why that game is so well-loved... I thought it was Meh.



Tommy Jean, CPA, CGA

Dulfite said:
Yooka Laylee was amazing considering it was a small developer. Give that team 25-50 more members for their team and a good budget and they could absolutely make a worthy, modern take on Banjo and, personally, I'd like to see it! But I'd also like more Yooka with a bigger budget too!

I'd be happy if MS bought them and financed their dream games!

ONE MORE MENTION OF SUCH A DISGUSTING IDEA AND YOU GO!!!!! GOT IT?!!!

Leynos said:
Iron Galaxy or Play-Tonic

I've only seen Iron Galaxy do a fighting game. What makes you think they can do a 3D platformer?

sales2099 said:
Guys Double Fine is releasing Psychonauts 2 next year. They are a 1st party studio with recent platformer experience. Rare and them should collaborate on the next entry

That works, especially if Psychonauts 2 turns out as good as people wanted it to be.

yvanjean said:
Do we really want a new Banjo? I don't know why that game is so well-loved... I thought it was Meh.

YOU WERE WARNED IN THE FIRST POST!!!!! *rips out yvanjean's eyes, replaces them with dynamite and lights them* ANYONE ELSE WANNA SAY WHAT HE SAID?!!!



CaptainExplosion said:
Dulfite said:
Yooka Laylee was amazing considering it was a small developer. Give that team 25-50 more members for their team and a good budget and they could absolutely make a worthy, modern take on Banjo and, personally, I'd like to see it! But I'd also like more Yooka with a bigger budget too!

I'd be happy if MS bought them and financed their dream games!

ONE MORE MENTION OF SUCH A DISGUSTING IDEA AND YOU GO!!!!! GOT IT?!!!

Leynos said:
Iron Galaxy or Play-Tonic

I've only seen Iron Galaxy do a fighting game. What makes you think they can do a 3D platformer?

sales2099 said:
Guys Double Fine is releasing Psychonauts 2 next year. They are a 1st party studio with recent platformer experience. Rare and them should collaborate on the next entry

That works, especially if Psychonauts 2 turns out as good as people wanted it to be.

yvanjean said:
Do we really want a new Banjo? I don't know why that game is so well-loved... I thought it was Meh.

YOU WERE WARNED IN THE FIRST POST!!!!! *rips out yvanjean's eyes, replaces them with dynamite and lights them* ANYONE ELSE WANNA SAY WHAT HE SAID?!!!

I mean PG is only known for action games but they have made good RPGs as well. Gamefreak made a good sidescrolling platformer on Genesis. Monkey Ball studio made Yakuza and F-Zero GX. Rare was only known for platformers but they also made a good Shmup on NES and at the time a decent third-person shooter on N64. Vanillaware is known for their 2D action games and just made one of the best 2020 games and it's an RTS. Devs can branch out in other genres and they are a talented studio. So why not.



Bite my shiny metal cockpit!

CaptainExplosion said:
yvanjean said:
Do we really want a new Banjo? I don't know why that game is so well-loved... I thought it was Meh.

YOU WERE WARNED IN THE FIRST POST!!!!! *rips out yvanjean's eyes, replaces them with dynamite and lights them* ANYONE ELSE WANNA SAY WHAT HE SAID?!!!

Haha, I missed the warning but I like your passion for this new game, in that case, the best option would Playtonic give them full support as a second party studio to make a proper Banjo. 



Tommy Jean, CPA, CGA