Conker is a name in gaming that is loved by many. With so many years having passed since it’s release on Nintendo 64, Microsoft might have finally decided to bring him back to the stage. But who would they get to develop it for them? With their main team at Rare currently hard at work on a new title, they can’t just have anybody develop it.
So they turned to Insomniac, creators of Ratchet and Clank, Resistance, and Microsoft’s recent exclusive Sunset Overdrive. While it sounds like a match made in heaven, Insomniac had to say no to Microsoft’s offer.
According to a verified Reddit user named Certain_Ability, the reason why we didn’t get a new Conker for so many years simply came down to popularity:
“So the Conker IP has been pretty much been stagnant since the Xbox version, and it’s kind of fallen by the wayside. With other IPs, management seems pretty chill in discussing new ideas, but for the longest time Conker was never really on the table for new projects. A lot of people around the office thought that MS didn’t have much faith in the Conker IP. From what I heard, a lot of people thought the style felt really dated, and that the crude humor of it felt too 90’s for modern audiences. That was just rumors and gossip from the staff, some of which have been with the company since the first Xbox came out, so I trusted what they said.” — Certain_Ability
Come 2014, the concepts started flying around the company, and Microsoft was rushing to push the supposed Conker game out the door faster than Insomniac would be able to develop it. They just weren’t able to come to terms with a 2015 release date.
“All of a sudden, I became flooded with emails and design docs for a new Conker game. Basically, MS wanted to reboot Conker, and was shopping around for developers to make the new game. MS wasn’t comfortable developing it, and Rare DEFINITELY wasn’t making it.
“For a while, it really looked like Insomniac would take on the Conker reboot, they were already doing third-party stuff for MS, and they had made a hit platformer series in the past.
“However, Insomniac turned MS down too. Apparently MS wanted Conker to hit store shelves by the end of 2015, and Insomiac refused because of the short dev cycle. MS wanted Conker out the door really quickly, because they wanted to reintroduce audiences to a bunch of older IPs that MS were planning on rebooting for 2016-17, like Perfect Dark and Banjo.” — Certain_Ability
While we can’t really back up his claims just yet, Reddit mods have been provided with proof of this user’s credentials and are adamant in saying that this is true. In the meantime, let’s just be happy with the thought that we were that much closer to a return to Conker, and the idea that we could see a new Perfect Dark or Banjo game within the next two years.
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