Banjo-Kazooie is a huge part of any N64 fan's experience with the system. Such a fantastic pair of games that really showed what the N64 could do. All these years later, fans are still waiting for a true third entry in the franchise. Would that ever be something RARE would tackle? Here's what Banjo-Kazooie creator Grant Kirkhope had to say.
“That’s my same point. You know, I don’t feel like… the only way I think Banjo-Kazooie would get remade is if another studio took it on. Rare haven’t got an appetite. They don’t want to do it, I don’t think. I don’t know, but I’ve got friends over there and we don’t talk about it. It’s just such a gut feeling in that Rare wouldn’t do another Banjo-Kazooie game. Convince somebody else to do it.
Like, Killer Instinct was done by that other studio, I forgot what they’re called. I kinda feel like if Banjo was to happen again they’d fire it off to somebody else. And whether they’d get the humour of it, and make a good game out of it, I don’t know. You know, I’d probably say no. But then, I just worked on a Mario Rabbids with a studio in Milan that got all the Mario-ness, they got it, picked all of it up, put in a game and its Nintendo quality. So, it’s completely possible.
I guess it would take a studio to approach Rare and say: “Give us a Banjo IP, we wanna make a game.” You gotta think there’s money in it – there’s gotta be money in it for somebody. If they can make money out of it, then I guess they can have a go out of it. But my guess is Rare haven’t got the appetite for a Banjo-K game. They might, but it doesn’t [look] like that to me.”