- Recently rumors started flying about Playtonic being bought by Microsoft.
- The possibility of a new Banjo-Kazooie game was also being touted by media outlets online.
- Playtonic eventually responded after the rumors got way out of hand based on a picture of a bag.
Rumors are a pretty constant fixture of the games industry. It seems like only every other day we hear about some rumor that a new game is being made or one company is buying another. The latest internet rumor concerns Playtonic, developers of Yooka-Laylee.
Basically a rumor started flying around that they were being bought by Microsoft. On top of that, it was also being said that they would be working on a new Banjo-Kazooie game! Apart from making it seem like we’ve gone into a time loop, how did this rumor get started? Well, it was mostly about a bag.
From Bags to Banjo(-Kazooie)
It all started with the announcement that Ed Bryan, artist for some original Banjo-Kazooie characters, was joining Playtonic. Obviously, this was great news for the future of the studio. Already primarily made up of alumni from Rare, it makes sense to get even more people from the old crew onboard.
Next up, Bryan tweets a picture of a bag, saying: “Well, I never really had any plans to use this again.” Many people took this to mean that he was bringing the bag out of retirement because Playtonic would be working with Microsoft. As it turns out, nothing could be further than the truth.
In fairness to the people who believed this, there was a bit more evidence than a bag. Playtonic had recently registered a new company. Also, the co-founder of Playtonic had made a change to his Linkedin profile,