Xbox One fans and potential Xbox 2 customers have been dealt a blow this week, as a UK studio shuts down two big rumours.
Recent reports have suggested that classic platforming franchise Banjo-Kazooie was getting ready to make a comeback.
After appearing in Super Smash Bros on Nintendo Switch, a Banjo-Kazooie return certainly seemed like a real possibility.
Rumours would then surface that Yooka-Laylee developer Playtonic was making the unannounced game. Furthermore, the studio was said to have been purchased by Microsoft.
Unfortunately, however, Playtonic would deny both rumours, telling fans that it remains an independent studio.
“We wanted to address the speculation currently swarming our mentions,” the post reads.
“We hate to be the bearers of news that isn’t what you want to hear, but we thought it best to come out and say – we aren’t working on a new Banjo-Kazooie game and we remain an independent studio.”
Slightly more hopeful is the suggestion that Playtonic would be open to working on a Banjo-Kazooie game in the future.
“While we would love to work with the bear and bird again, that ball isn’t in our court,” the post continues.
“With that said, we are keen to continue progressing as a studio, carrying the experience of games we worked on, old and new, to create new characters and adventures for you to (hopefully) love.
“We’re sorry if this isn’t what you wanted to hear from us. At first we found it amusing that Ed Bryan’s bag is being used as serious “evidence”, but we reckon it wouldn’t be fair if we didn’t set the record straight.”
It’s possible Microsoft has handed development duties to another studio, or maybe that’s just wishful thinking.
If a new Banjo-Kazooie game is in development, fans could find out more during Microsoft’s big X019 event.
“X019 is our global celebration of everything Xbox,” Microsoft reveals.
“We’re incredibly excited to bring X019 to London, United Kingdom from November 14-16 at the Copper Box Arena.
“It’s the biggest Xbox event we’ve ever hosted in the UK and we can’t wait to share it live with thousands of people from the incredible Xbox community there.”
The three day event starts on Thursday, November 14 and ends just a few days later on Saturday, November 16.
The first day features a special episode of Inside Xbox, which is where any new games (and perhaps even the Xbox 2) would be revealed.
Fingers crossed we get something good!