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Yooka-Laylee Developer Playtonic Rebranding

Yooka-Laylee Developer Playtonic Rebranding - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 February 2021 / 1,401 Views

Yooka-Laylee series developer Playtonic has sent out emails to its Kickstarter backers that reveals the company will be rebranding itself. 

"One of the things we're doing is a rebrand," reads the e-mail. Playtonic adds "there is a good reason for us doing so." 

Many fans of the Banjo-Kazooie series have hoped Microsoft lets Playtonic remake the original Nintendo 64 games for modern platforms or develop a completely new entry. However, the studio in early 2020 said it was not working on a Banjo-Kazooie game, but that could have since changed.

The developer promises more information on the rebrand will be revealed soon. 


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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6 Comments
shikamaru317 (on 27 January 2021)

So they say they have a good reason for rebranding which will be announced soon. Could it maybe be that Microsoft acquired them to develop Banjo 3, and they will be rebranded as a 2nd Rare studio, Rare West or whatever? Playtonic has said that they want to work on Banjo 3 in the past.

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VMCJonCarter (on 27 January 2021)

I'd really want them to work on new 3D Donkey Kong Game.

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TheTitaniumNub VMCJonCarter (on 28 January 2021)

Ahhh yes, Donkey Kong 64 2

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Dulfite (on 27 January 2021)

Oh my goodness this is the most hope I've had for a Banjo Threeie in a long time! Even if MS just hires them to make the game that would be great! Personally, I hope they buy Playtonic and really invest in the game to make it AAA and also because then I could play it for free on Gamepass :)

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JWeinCom (on 27 January 2021)

I'm all for Banjo 3... but the problem is Yooka Laylee wasn't that good. Maybe Microsoft could pump more money into it, but I feel like the problem was more in the design.

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TheTitaniumNub (on 27 January 2021)

Won't mind Microsoft buying them. At this point, if a company is getting bought, I 100% want it to be Microsoft, I can still play my games on Steam if Microsoft is publishing.

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