Banjo-Kazooie is celebrating its 25th anniversary today, and millions of people still look back on the franchise fondly. Plenty of those fans would love to see a third installment come about, but the original developers from the series aren’t too sure that’ll ever happen.

In an interview with VGC, former RARE devs Steven Mayles, Grant Kirkhope and Chris Sutherland talked about whether or not we could see Banjo-Kazooie return. While some devs offered a bit of hope, it seems like the overall opinion is that the series has officially rode off into the sunset.

“I can’t really speak for Gregg [Mayles, Rare’s creative director] but he’s really the custodian of the franchise. He doesn’t really like to look back and tread over old ground, so I don’t think he’s ever been bothered about doing anything else with the franchise. He’d rather move on to new experiences – as far as he’s concerned, he’s been there, done that”.

[Steven Mayles]

“I feel like you’d have to get a team with the humour that we had back then and that’s hard to replicate,” he said. “I think Rare would be open to somebody if they found the right team, but I don’t feel like that team exists. Also, I’m not convinced the audience is there either.”

[Grant Kirkhope]

“I would hope that somebody is going to bring out something… some kind of sequel or ‘next in line’ game. At least before a point where I can still remember that the first one existed! But hopefully sooner.”

[Chris Sutherland]

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