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”.