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Microsoft Says Banjo-Kazooie, Perfect Dark, Battletoads and Other Classics Will Return


A lot of classic, fan-favorite franchises from Rare have gone untouched for years, but that doesn’t mean they’re forgotten. Amid rumors that a new Banjo-Kazooie game will be announced at E3, Microsoft Studios creative director Ken Lobb has teased the revival of a handful of classic Rare titles, including Banjo-Kazooie, Perfect Dark, and Battletoads.

Speaking on the latest edition of the The Inner Circle podcast, Lobb fielded a question about the recent renewal of the
Battletoads trademark and other classic Rare IP.

Will there ever be another Banjo, Viva, Blast Corps, Battletoads? Yeah, someday. And I think the reason you see things like [the Battletoads trademark] revived, is because we know there’s value.

So we renewed the trademark. Does that mean it’s coming this year? No. Does that mean it’ll never come? Absolutely not. We have a lot of passion internally for each of the games. And we have surprises in store in the near and long future. — Ken Lobb

Lobb went on to talk about other classic Rare games, including Perfect Dark. Despite what numerous rumors suggest, Lobb says there is currently no Perfect Dark game in development, but that the series is “in the discussion a lot” when Microsoft plans out games that should be part of the new generation. What classic Rare games would you like to see return?

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