When RARE left Nintendo and went to Microsoft, many were excited to see what the new duo would do with the Banjo-Kazooie franchise. Instead of getting a third numbered entry, fans were given Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, a spin-off about building vehicles to take on challenges.

To say the reception to this game was mixed would be an understatement, and it only made fans more eager to see what the next true entry in the franchise would be. Unfortunately, that third numbered outing is yet to come, and may never happen. That’s why one fan has stepped in to share his vision.

Project Dream has cooked up their own idea for Banjo-Threeie, and to tell the truth, it looks good enough to be the real deal. From environments to character models, everything looks like a fan’s dream come true. There’s little doubt this trailer would whip up incredible hype if it were an official project from Microsoft and RARE, but sadly, this is just a fan’s take on what could happen next.

Perhaps one day we’ll see a third entry get announced, but with each passing year, the hope dwindles. If anything, these fan creations let the powers that be know there’s still big interest in the bear and bird returning.

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

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2y ago

Is that an Owl House reference with the giant skeleton?

I don't get why MS kept the rights to Banjo, it's not like they're using the IP.


2y ago

Kinda cool... also kinda soulless somehow. I think it'd be difficult for a new team to capture the feeling the original two games had... probably why no one has really managed it 😂 But I still kind of wish Rare would try again...


2y ago

When you look at Rare prior to Microsoft buying them, to how they've been since in terms of games, you have to wonder what's in store for franchises of Activision Blizzard that have been acquired by Microsoft as well.

Banjo-Kazooie has been dormant for so long. Super Smash Bros Ultimate did more with the pair than Microsoft have done for well over a decade.

It’s unfortunate but MS has at least allowed for the smash collaboration to happen. Personally I don’t like simply keeping a IP alive without a passionate reason behind it, making a sequel simply cause you think it will make money is what leads to ‘franchise crash’. I know there are people who want to make something for the franchise but they would need to work with or under Microsoft and it would be under their terms cause it’s Microsoft’s money. Most people would not want to deal with that and instead make their own IP which is the better route to take in my opinion.