Yooka-Laylee Dev Isn’t Making A New Banjo-Kazooie Game

Over the past few days, rumors and speculation have been swirling around developer Playtonic Games, the creators of platforming series Yooka-Laylee. The indie studio is, of course, comprised of numerous ex-Rare employees who previously worked on the Banjo-Kazooie games.

The rumors speculated that the studio was either making a new Banjo-Kazooie title, or that it had been acquired by Microsoft. As it turns out, neither of these is true.

Playtonic did recently hire ex-Rare artist Ed Bryan, and he did tweet a picture of a Microsoft bag with the caption: “Well, I never really had any plans to use this again.” But the rumors spiralling out from this tweet were overblown.

The Yooka-Laylee creator has set the record straight, releasing a statement to assure fans that Playtonic isn’t making a new Banjo-Kazooie game, and that it remains an independent studio.

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So there you have it, there will be no new bird and bear game from Playtonic. The studio did, however, recently release Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, a 2.5D platformer that changes the formula of its 3D predecessor. In GameSpot’s Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Layer review, Allesandro Barbosa said, “The Impossible Lair is definitely a better attempt at capturing the magic of platformers than Yooka-Laylee’s first crack at it, but it’s still not remarkable. If you’re itching to return to a bygone era, then The Impossible Lair might scratch it. Just don’t expect much beyond that.”

from GameSpot – Game News https://www.gamespot.com/articles/yooka-laylee-dev-isnt-making-a-new-banjo-kazooie-g/1100-6471205/

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