Yooka-Laylee, the successor to the beloved Banjo-Kazooie franchise, spearheaded a very successful campaign over on the popular crowd-funding site, Kickstarter, that ended in June of last year. With the overwhelming success of fan support, it was a bit surprising that news remained mum after the Kickstarter ended. That’s all changing now that Playtonic Games, the developer behind the new title, is coming forward with an inside look at what’s to come.
“One thing we’re not quite ready to reveal yet is the game’s final, day-and-date release plan, but we’re getting close. The Playtonic team is working towards the same release window penned last year, but as fans of some of our past work will attest, we’re a group committed to releasing games only when they’re polished, complete and at the quality level you expect.”
A commitment to quality and careful consideration of fans’ expectations, it’s hard to be disappointed with that. But just because they aren’t ready to reveal the entirety of the game, doesn’t mean we are left in the dust. Let’s take a look at some of the things Playtonic revealed.
“Yooka and Laylee’s adventure will take them deep inside the work halls of a baneful business, as the buddy-duo seek out the magical Pagies required to explore the mysterious Grand Tomes. The Dexterouis pair will seek to unlock the ancient secrets of the bewitching books, as they battle to thwart corporate creep Capital B and his devious scheme to absorb all of the world’s literature … and convert them into pure profit.”
The game will feature tons of collectibles throughout the story’s progression to keep the gameplay fresh and exciting. While maintaining the balance between challenge and fun, the story will follow the many adventures Yooka and Laylee will face together in search of these mystical tomes.
There are so many unique characters that the player will meet throughout their journey. From the sweet Dr. Puss to her “traitorous former colleague” Dr. Quack, the unique art styles and character design is sure to make them a memorable part of the adventure.
Another feature that Playtonic showcased was their “Toybox”. This will provide backers a way to play the game style without spoiling the final product. The Toybox demo will be available for those who contributed to the Kickstarter campaign in July of this year.
“As promised in our Kickstarter campaign, the Toybox isn’t a traditional ‘demo’, but a self-contained, spoiler-free sandbox designed to give Yooka-Laylee backers a taste of the platforming to come in the final game. There are plenty moves to try, custom-build props to play with, secrets to discover and yes, shiny collectibles to hunt out.”
Though no firm release date is known at this time, you can check out everything Playtonic has in store at their website here.