Over the past couple of days, Xbox fans have somehow gotten it into their heads that Microsoft was about to purchase Yooka-Laylee developer Playtonic Games. Piecing together vague "evidence" in order to form the narrative, internet message boards seemed convinced they were onto something ahead of the hardware manufacturer's XO19 event next week. Speculation has now gotten to the point where the UK-based studio feels it needs to come out and clarify the situation, and of course, none of it is true.
In a statement on Twitter, the developer said that it isn't working on a new Banjo-Kazooie game with Microsoft and that it remains an independent studio. "While we would love to work with the bear and bird again, that ball isn't in our court."
The idea of studio acquisitions has been hotting up over the past few years following Xbox's spree of developer purchases at it past two E3 press conferences, while PlayStation has stated it is looking into more studio buyouts after Insomniac Games joined its line-up of first-party teams. Thankfully, it looks like this is one rumour that won't turn into an official on-stage reveal.
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