Phil Spencer knows fans want a new Banjo-Kazooie game

Phil Spencer knows fans want a new Banjo-Kazooie game
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Megan Cooke

Published 

2nd Dec 2023 23:23

It has been 15 years since the last Banjo-Kazooie game was released for the Xbox 360 and the franchise has remained fairly dormant since.

Fans of the franchise have been calling for a new game for a while, however based on an interview with Phil Spencer, it seems like nothing is in the works at the moment.

Phil Spencer acknowledged that fans want a new Banjo-Kazooie game

Banjo-Kazooie has been rather neglected as a franchise since the most recent iteration of the game was released in 2008.

Since then, fans have been patiently waiting for a new entry into the series, with very limited acknowledgement from those who have the power to make it happen.

That is, until Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming, gave a shout out to Banjo fans in a recent interview.

In an interview with Windows Central, Spencer said: “You’ve seen from our history that we haven’t touched every franchise that people would love us to touch — Banjo fans, I hear you,” he said. “But it is true that, when we find the right team, and the right opportunity, I love going back to revisit stories and characters that we’ve seen previously.”

While this statement may seem promising, especially as he has directly acknowledged the plight of Banjo-Kazooie fans, it also suggests that there are currently no plans to continue on the Banjo franchise.

Phil Spencer has previously confirmed that it is up to Rare whether or not classic Rare franchises like Banjo-Kazooie are revived, and employees from the original Rare development team have stated that they do not see a new game coming anytime soon.

Though it seems that Phil Spencer is aware of the demand for a new Banjo-Kazooie game, it is unlikely one is coming at any point in the near future.

Megan is GGRecon's Evening & Weekend News Writer. She has an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing and is working towards finishing her masters in Journalism. When she isn’t writing about games she can be found reading romance novels or playing cosy games like Stardew Valley, Animal Crossing, APICO, and Disney Dreamlight Valley.

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