Microsoft Wants to Stop Spiritual Banjo-Kazooie Sequel: Will Make Us Look Incompetent

Microsoft’s lawyers are attempting to thwart an attempt by ex-Rare staff to create a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie. A leaked e-mail exchange indicate that they wish to stop it at all costs.

Some ex-Rare staff are planning to release a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie and have announced their intentions on a Twitter account, MingyJongo. The account has gained support from ex-Rare staff including musician Grant Kirkhope and artist Steven Hurst.

While the sequel will not use the Banjo-Kazooie license and is only in the planning stages, Microsoft has already gotten wind of it and has been sent into a panic. An anonymous employee gives us this e-mail exchange between Craig Duncan, Senior Studio Director at Rare, and Microsoft Studios Vice President Phil Spencer.

Spencer, please figure out a way to get the lawyers to stop this thing before it gets too big. I know my handling of Rare hasn’t been great since I’ve taken over but I swear we need more time to get our shit together.

A response from Phil Spencer:

Look, I know. But we can’t touch them legally yet. We’re trying to figure out how we can twist a non-compete clause in their contracts to put an end to this. I know Rare’s had some trying times since Microsoft’s acquisition but if this comes out and makes Nuts and Bolts look like some amateur attempt at a game, I swear to God I will bust some heads.

Another e-mail from Craig Duncan:

Thanks Spencer. Also, our progress on Kinect Sports: Season 3 and Season 4 is going great by the way.

Microsoft has not commented officially on the situation. Tim Stamper left a message on Facebook stating, “lmao, will buy 30 copies and send to Microsoft”.

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6 Responses

  1. facetouch says:

    Oh man. Hopefully this ends well. And by “well,” I mean “in favor of MingyJongo.”

  2. JonBro says:

    It sure took long enough for Microsoft to worry about looking incompetent. I fully support MingyJongo.

  3. regginthehouse says:


  4. Otariman says:

    Anyone who believes this is a true moron. So fake it hurts. Still, I do hope Microsoft gets their shit together and releases some good Rare titles. I also hope Project MingyJongo goes well.

  5. person says:

    why do people feel the need to point out this is fake? duh? this is like the onion of video games. pointing out the obvious joke article isn’t real just makes you look dumb, not smart.

  6. Anonymous says:

    THIS AND THE ONION ARE FAKE?!?!?!!!??!?!?!??
    Congratulations, you have officially turned my entire world upside down… I don’t know what to believe in anymore :/ might as well start watching Fox News.