The release of Sea of Thieves and the upcoming Everwild has recently seen Rare Studios cemented as one of Microsoft’s key developers once again. Unsurprisingly, this has seen many fans wonder if this would result in the return of the vast IP that Rare developed in the past.
In a recent interview with Kotaku, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer commented on the matter, saying that the return of Banjo-Kazooie or Conker was up to Rare.
“I leave it up to the studios in terms of the things that they want to go work on,” Phil said. “I have a lot of respect for Rare and the work that they do. They do like building new things, and they’ve seen success with Sea of Thieves. I think they’re really excited about Everwild. But also the response to Battletoads was nice. And I think Dlala did a good job with the game, so I think it’s just always a balance.”
Now feels like a great time for a revival for some of their IP, particularly Banjo-Kazooie. With the overwhelming reception to the addition of the character to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, alongside the revival of other platforming titles, like Crash Bandicoot and Spyro, there’s definitely an audience looking for more platformers.
Still, Rare look to be knee-deep in Sea of Thieves and Everwild, at least for the time being. Phil pointed out the success of Battletoads which was developed by Dlala Studios while Rare oversaw and offered guidance. Perhaps this is something we’ll see with some of their other titles?