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Microsoft’s E3 press conference should resurrect these dormant franchises


Perfect Dark, Banjo-Kazooie, and Sunset Overdrive are a few dormant franchises that could appear at Microsoft’s E3 press conference this year.
Xbox head Phil Spencer recently announced that Microsoft will show off 14 first-party studio games at its annual E3 press conference. While he didn’t hint at what exactly will be in store, this opens up opportunity for long dormant franchises Perfect Dark, Conker, and Banjo-Kazooie to reappear just like Battletoads did last year. The following are all the franchises that are poised for a comeback on Microsoft’s E3 stage this Sunday, June 9, at 1 PM PT/4 PM ET/9 PM BST.
Given the success that single-player first-person shooter games like Doom and Wolfenstein: The New Order have had recently, now may be the perfect time for Perfect Dark to return. A new entry could have Joanna Dark once again face off against dataDyne in a sci-fi world filled with strange extraterrestrial creatures and powerful futuristic technology. A remake of the original Nintendo 64 title would also be welcome, as the franchise will be celebrating its 20th anniversary next year and it would be interesting to witness Perfect Dark‘s world recreated for today’s hardware.
It’s hard to believe that the last full-fledged Conker game, Live and Reloaded, released nearly 15 years ago. For those who may have missed out on this platformer series back in the day, it stars a squirrel who curses frequently and makes sexual innuendos whenever given the chance. Now would be a great time for everyone’s favorite rodent to make a comeback, as platformers have become relatively popular again thanks to indie titles like Yooka-Laylee and A Hat in Time. Plus, who doesn’t love the ridiculousness that is a foul-mouthed squirrel?
Banjo-Kazooie has to be on here. Every year, platformer fans hope to see the bear and his feathered friend appear on Microsoft’s E3 stage.

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