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Xbox's Phil Spencer still coy about a 'Battletoads' sequel

'You could say the ball is rolling.'
Timothy J. Seppala, Engadget

When Xbox head Phil Spencer takes the stage at a gaming event, eagle-eyed fans pay close attention to what's on his chest -- his choice of attire is usually a subtle hint of games to come. Last January when he introduced Windows 10's Xbox app and its features, he was wearing a T-shirt sporting the cult classic Battletoads' logo. Of course, that lead to rampant speculation that a proper, 20-plus years-in-the-making sequel was under way.

At last week's Xbox spring showcase in San Francisco, we had the chance to talk to Spencer, so naturally the conversation led to a status check on the eponymous war-ready amphibians.

Engadget: Battletoads. You've worn the T-shirts around, when are we going to get a sequel?

Phil Spencer: Well, to be a little defensive, when I wore the T-shirt, we hadn't announced Rare Replay. [Then] we shipped Rare Replay which had Battletoads in it. We hadn't announced that Rash was gonna be in Killer Instinct. Now we've got a playable-in-Killer-instinct Battletoad.

Engadget: The ball is rolling though, right?

Spencer: You could say the ball is rolling. I could also say, at least it wasn't a tease that I was [just] wearing a shirt. We had a plan where Battletoads was going to be showing up in ways that people hadn't played before. But I hear your vote for a new Battletoads. I hear it and I recognize it.

Phil Spencer Talks the Future of Xbox One and Windows 10

Text alone doesn't convey the coy tone Spencer took during our interview, so that's what the video embedded up above is for; Battletoads talk starts around the 7:30 mark. Now all that we can do is wait. But if Battletoads fans are anything, they're insanely patient.

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