Yooka-Laylee studio shoots down Microsoft buyout talk • Game

“We found it amusing Ed Bryan’s bag is being used as serious evidence.”

Playtonic Games, developer of Yooka-Laylee and its current sequel, has squashed hypothesis it’s being purchased by Microsoft.

In an announcement posted to Twitter as we speak, the UK-based studio apologised to followers excited by the thought its staff was engaged on a brand new Banjo-Kazooie recreation underneath the Xbox Game Studios umbrella.

Playtonic, in fact, was based by former Rare workers who lower their enamel on the studio’s library of classics together with Banjo and Donkey Kong Country.

Said Playtonic: “We’re sorry if this isn’t what you wanted to hear from us. At first, we found it amusing 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.”

Here’s the complete assertion:

Talk of Playtonic being purchased blew up on Resetera yesterday. Evidence included the current hiring of ex-Rare developer Ed Bryan, a photograph Bryan had tweeted of an previous Microsoft-branded bag, and the current registration of Playtonic underneath a barely completely different firm identify.

Here is the bag:

The listing of proof above set tongues wagging, and an announcement of Playtonic becoming a member of Xbox Game Studios was speculated for this month’s impending XO19 occasion in London.

But to be clear, this isn’t occurring.

Finally, whereas a brand new Banjo recreation can be pretty, it is value remembering Playtonic’s newest launch – Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair – is one of the best factor but from the studio. “Playtonic tightens up its nostalgic take on platforming and turns its eyes to the future,” I wrote in Eurogamer’s Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair assessment.

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