The Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase is just a day away and has largely done a good job of preventing major leaks. It’s unclear what will be shown at the event, though Xbox fans have high hopes for seeing many major franchises. One revelation that few probably expected is: Banjo-KazooieRare’s 3D platform series that started in 1998 on the Nintendo 64. But according to the latest rumor from Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase, a Banjo-Kazooie reveal is exactly what will be delivered.
The rumor comes from a surprising source. Dimitris Giannakis, better known by his online name ModernVintageGamer, is a developer at Nightdive Studios. Giannakis recently took part in the Nate the Hate podcast, sharing news of a new Banjo-Kazooie in development. Giannakis explains that he has heard things from several different people confirming that a Banjo-Kazooie-related announcement is scheduled to be “soon”.
Or the Banjo-Kazooie announcement will be made during the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase however is not clear. Giannakis explains that he feels “pretty strongly” that the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase is where the announcement will be made, but that was not explicitly stated. It’s more than he’s been told that the announcement has been coming for months. As confident as Giannakis is, he does make it clear that he is a developer and not an insider. Sharing this kind of information does not necessarily have to be in his wheelhouse.
Banjo-Kazooie has been absent from the gaming space for some time. The last major game release in the franchise was Banjo-Kazooie: nuts and boltswhich was launched in 2008. That doesn’t mean that Banjo-Kazooie however, has disappeared from the culture. Nintendo teamed up with Microsoft to bring Banjo-Kazooie until Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a fighter in 2018, showing that the series remains relevant even without modern game releases.
Several retro genres have seen a modern revival of late, including the 3D platformer. Crash Bandicoot and Spyro have seen both reissues, as an example. That could have indicated to Microsoft that there was an opportunity for: Banjo-Kazooie to return. Alternatively, it is possible that something new is being done with the franchise.
Xbox fans should definitely keep their expectations in check regarding this rumor. While the source is confident, there is absolutely no confirmation for it. There has been no meaningful discussion in the industry about even the possibility of Banjo-Kazooie coming back. And even Grant Kirkhope, the composer for Banjo-Kazooie, says they don’t believe it. As far as the rumors go, though, it’s exciting to even consider the possibility of Banjo-Kazooie coming back.
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