It’s no wonder that Conker the Squirrel drinks as much as he does given the amount of bad luck he’s had. After debuting in the cult classic Conker’s Bad Fur Day at the tail-end of the Nintendo 64’s lifespan and having it remade for the original Xbox as Conker: Live and Reloaded, things have only gone from bad to worse and back again for Rare’s adorable little jerk. On September 28th, 2015, Rare revealed concepts and artwork for a new Conker game that was planned to be developed for the Xbox after the release of Live and Reloaded. Called Conker: Gettin’ Medieval, the game would have had a focus on multiplayer and set in medieval times with various reimaginings of characters from the Conker series. The game wouldn’t have been focused on Conker himself, but rather the world that the Conker series is built around with its representation of Death taking the central role instead. Perhaps the game would have gone more into the background of the Conker series, such as explaining why the Panther King has such a hatred of squirrels in the first place.
The reveal of this cancelled Conker game coincides with the recent cancellation of another Conker game. Project Spark had episodic DLC based around Conker called Conker’s Big Reunion. Along with the announcement that Project Spark will be dropping microtransactions with its next update for an entirely free model, it was also announced that the remaining episodes of Conker’s Big Reunion, along with all other episodic content planned for Project Spark, has been cancelled. If you’ve made any purchases of or on Project Spark on or after July 28th, 2015, you can refund it for Microsoft Store credit equal to your money spent.
It’s a sad day for Conker fans, but maybe Playtonic Games can reincarnate him as Barry the Bad-Mouthed Badger or something once they’re done with Banjo-Kazooie successor Yooka-Laylee. What are your thoughts on these two canceled Conker games? Which would you rather have put back into development if you could? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.