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It's time to bring back Banjo-Kazooie and Xbox's other family-friendly IPs

Published: 11:41, 23 January 2022
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Banjo Kazooie recently got added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Banjo Kazooie recently got added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

With the potential Activision Blizzard acquisition, Xbox have a perfect studio for a Banjo-Kazooie reboot in Toys for Bob.

If Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard goes trough, the American tech giant will add over ten new studios under their Microsoft Gaming umbrella.

In addition to Infinity Ward, Treyarch and a bunch of other Call of Duty teams, Microsoft would also own Toys For Bob, a California-based studio in charge of beloved franchises such as Spyro and Crash Bandicoot, who have been working as a Call of Duty support studio lately. 

But now that Microsoft should be taking over, Activision Blizzard studios who don't usually work on Call of Duty, such as Toys For Bob, will be allowed to focus on their own games and other Activision and Xbox IP.

This is according to Microsoft Gaming head Phil Spencer who confirmed that Xbox team will talk with developers about working on a variety of franchises from the Activision vault.

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But what about other Xbox frachises  such as Banjo-Kazooie, Conker or Blinx, which have been pretty much dead for over a decade? Could Toys for Bob choose to work on these IPs? Of course they could but the question is, would they want to?

Toys for Bob do seem like a perfect candidate for these types of games since their experience and knowledge within the genre is unquestionable.

With the creative freedom that Xbox give their studios and financial backing, Toys For Bob would have everything at their disposal to create a memorable Banjo-Kazooi, Conker or Blinx game. 

All these IPs have been waiting to be revived for many many years but until now, Xbox have been unable to find a studio that are eager to work on their old family-friendly IPs.

Phil Spencer even said that a new Banjo-Kazooie game is up to Rare, the studio behind the original games but it seems that Rare are not quite interested in such project given that they're busy with Sea of Thieves and Everwild.

AltChar Xbox have many great franchises that are now just collecting dust Xbox have many great franchises that are now just collecting dust

Microsoft certainy have many great, family-friendly IPs that would be a perfect addition to Game Pass. On top of this, family-friendly first-party games is one of the areas that Xbox is lacking at the moment. 

However with the rumoured Spyro and Crash Bandicoot projects and a wide variety of other potential reboots, the future of family-friendly games on Xbox does look bright.

It remains to be seen if any of the newly acquired studios have a desire to work on these old franchises that deserve their own modern reimagined versions. 

Make it happen, Xbox. 

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