A new platformer from Banjo-Kazooie creators Rare "would be great", Head of Microsoft Studios Phil Spencer has said, possibly teasing an unannounced title in development at the studio.

Discussing the possibility of Rare returning to platform games with followers on Twitter, Spencer gave a nod towards Press Play's upcoming side-scroller Max: The Curse of Brotherhood before saying: "A new Rare plat would also be great."

Of course, Spencer's comment doesn't necessarily mean that a new platformer is in the works at Rare, although comments from the studio back in August (via CVG) suggested that it was keen to revisit its Banjo, Conker and Viva Pinata franchises.

"We've got ideas for most older Rare IP, you won't be surprised to hear. There's quite a lot of desire to do that, and Viva Pinata, Conker... Banjo's very popular internally, a lot of people want to do stuff with Banjo," he said.

Rare was acquired by Microsoft in 2002 and went on to develop Xbox 360 launch titles Kameo and Perfect Dark Zero. It later developed 360 platformer Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts.

However, in recent years the studio has been focussed on the Kinect Sports series. Its next title, Kinect Sports Rivals, is expected to launch on Xbox One in early 2014.

Source: @XboxP3