By: Sebastian Guadalupe (MS) | 17-10-20
Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, commented that the development of new Banjo Kazooie and Conker installments depends on Rare
Rare has been under Microsoft for almost twenty years. During his years with Nintendo, the company became popular for developing fascinating properties. Two of the biggest that they created were Banjo Kazooie and Conker’s Bad Fur Day. Both titles were revolutionary for the Nintendo 64 and so far they are beloved. However, their fans have been waiting for years for the return of both. Many have assumed that the absence of these characters is because Xbox prevents them from developing sequels, but this does not appear to be the case.
In an interview with Kotaku, Phil Spencer, the most important person on Xbox, commented that Rare has all the freedoms in the world. According to Spencer:
I let the studios choose what they want to do. I have a lot of respect for Rare and the work they do. They like to build new things and have found success with Sea of Thieves. I think they are very excited about Everwild, but the response to Battletoads was nice too. And I think Dlala did a good job with the game. So I think it’s a balance.
When you see this you may wonder “So where is the new Banjo?” and the answer can be given by Gregg Mayles, one of the heads of Rare. Mayles commented on Twitter that “A new Banjo game would have to offer something different, both to interest and challenge me as a designer and to appeal to new players who didn’t grow up with it.” It was for this reason that Nuts and Bolts was such a different game from other installments of the bear and the bird. They wanted to do something different.
Will we ever see these protagonists back? It is possible, but it will only emerge if its developers find a way to make the characters interesting once again.