Conker’s Bad Fur Day remains to this day one of the most cherished and precious gems to have ever been developed at Rare. It stands itself apart from other games within the same genre thanks to its mature and gritty humor, its audacity to be something more, something different. It wasn’t a game that shied away from using profanity and vigorously spoofing others’ ideas–often in an insulting but quite profound manner. But it wasn’t always this way. No, there was a time when it was something else all together. Your typical cheerful and cartoony platformer in the same vein as Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong 64. And then Chris Seavor came along and things began to change… for the better.
Conker’s Bad Fur Day is Conker’s Bad Fur Day because of Chris Seavor. When he came on board the project, the development of the game–called Twelve Tales Conker at the time–wasn’t going as smoothly as it should have been. Not to mention the fact that Chris saw the game as just another generic platformer (as previously mentioned). So Chris comes up with the idea for a more mature-based Conker and takes the idea to the Stamper Bros. who give him the okay. From there, as they say, the rest is history.
With the legend of a game and unique masterpiece that CBFD became, fans have been begging for a sequel for years. For Rare to finally develop a new iteration in the critically acclaimed franchise. But here’s the thing. I love Conker as much as the next person, but Rare should never, ever touch the Conker franchise again. And the reasoning behind that is a simple one: no Seavor.
Conker was and is Chris’s game. As stated already, the only reason the game exists in the form that it’s in today is because of Chris’s vision and ideas and his means to bring them to life. It’s no secret that Chris is no longer with Rare, so if a new game were to ever be developed, it’s likely he wouldn’t be involved. So what’s the point? Why have a Conker game without the very man that breathed life into and reinvigorated a project that would have potentially been lost into obscurity otherwise?
The facts here are as simple and straight forward as can be: Conker’s Bad Fur Day is more than just a Rare game, it’s a Chris Seavor game. Chris is Conker. And thus a future Conker game without his involvement is a Conker game that I’d rather not have.