Even the the most offhand mention of Battletoads enough to send even the calmest of seasoned gamers into a fit of uncontrolled rage, but beyond the red mist are genuine feelings of nostalgia. Will we ever see another game from the franchise? How about Blast Corps or Banjo-Kazooie? Turns out these aren't far-fetched dreams, but distinct possibilities, according to Microsoft.
Talking with the folks at The Inner Circle, Ken Lobb, Microsoft Studios creative director, says the company isn't keeping these IPs warm just because — it wants to do something with them, it just doesn't have a time frame yet:
So will there ever be another Banjo, Viva, Blast Corps, Battletoads? Yeah, some day, and I think the reason you see things like Battletoads revived is because we know there's value, so we renewed the trademark.
And, you know, does that mean it's coming this year? No. Does that mean it'll never come? Absolutely not.
We have a lot of passion internally for each of these games that you mentioned and we have surprises in store in the near and long future, but understand that what it's really about is we want to build this suite of IP that we can add to that list of "Let's build some new things", "Let's build some recent sequels" and "Let's do some crazy stuff".
Here's the podcast in full, though the comments in question start at the 25:20 mark:
Unfortunately, Lobb doesn't comment on whether any of these franchises are being worked on right now, so for now we'll just have to trust that Microsoft isn't toying with us because that... that would be cruel.