According to a post by a redditor, who supposedly is an ex-Microsoft employee and is verified by Reddit/r/gaming, Conker reboot has been canned. His or her post suggested that Microsoft was in a hurry to release the game, but developers at Rare couldn’t meet the deadline.
Microsoft wanted the game to be released by the end of 2015 which was a daunting task. Later on, Microsoft turned to Insomniac who is handling some third-party development for the company, but the studio also turned the project down.
Once again, the reason was cited to be a short deadline. Microsoft was content on rushing the project, but failed to find someone who will conquer the deadline.
According to the post:
Insomniac refused because of the short dev cycle. MS wanted Conker out the door really quickly, because they wanted to reintroduce audiences to a bunch of older IPs that MS were planning on rebooting for 2016-17, like Perfect Dark and Banjo.
The Conker project has been pretty much canned. No one wants to make it, because MS wants to rush it out. I’m not sure if those other reboots will continue as planned, or if they wanna wait for someone to tackle Conker, like I said, I no longer work for MS and have been out of the loop for a little while, but as is, don’t hold your breath for a new Conker game.
The person who posted the information, reached out to Kotaku earlier. However, he failed to provide any solid evidence of his ties with Microsoft. This raises questions over the authenticity of the information.
You can also see some emails he shared between him and another MS employee:
Microsoft on the other hand is yet to confirm or deny the story. We’ll let you know of any new developments.