3-D Platformer Yooka-Laylee Fully Funded

By Devin McIntyre, 2 years ago
After passing it's initial goal of £175,000 in under 40 minutes, the kickstarter for Yooka-Laylee, the spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie, has already amassed over £375,000 in funding with 46 days left in their campaign. Yooka-Laylee is brought to us by a new studio, Playtonic, consisting of the veterans of Rare Ltd. and the talent behind games like Donkey Kong Country, Viva Piñata, Kameo: Elements of Power and of course, Banjo-Kazooie.

Yooka-Laylee is a 3-D platformer that screams Banjo-Kazooie in almost every way. The characters in the game share a similar dynamic to the tandum of Banjo and Kazooie. Yooka, who is described as "the green bloke with no pants" is this games Banjo, whereas Laylee, the "wisecracking lady-bat with the big nose" rides on Yooka's back and offers flying abilities just like Kazooie. Both characters will receive new abilities throughout the game, such as Yooka's tongue grapple and Laylee's sonar blast.

Playtonic gave us a long list of features that we can expect to see in Yooka-Laylee.

Heroes Built for Fun: Our new buddy-duo were dreamed up specifically for entertaining platforming gameplay and exceptional colour coordination. We think we've captured the spirit of our past heroes while introducing our most inventive moves yet.

An Arsenal of Abilities: Sonar blasting, tongue whipping, sky soaring… a move roster built for platforming fun – and unlocked with added freedom. Additionally, there may or may not be a move involving a giant fart bubble.

A Dream Soundtrack: David Wise (Donkey Kong Country) and Grant Kirkhope (Banjo-Kazooie) combine in what's sure to be a melodic masterpiece! Seriously, clean out your ears - they're in for a treat.

Collect-em-up 2.0: A roster of shiny collectibles with gameplay progression at their core (as well as other, more valuable materials). Every collectible type in our new game will expand gameplay in a meaningful way. Yes, we employ the man responsible for DK64's myriad of trinkets, but we've had a stern word. Our main collectible, Pagies, are used to unlock and expand new worlds in Yooka-Laylee.

Expandable Worlds: Experience more of the playgrounds you love by spending collectibles to expand your favourites into bigger, more challenging worlds.

A Cast to Last: A huge cast of memorable characters to meet (or beat) brought to life by the art and audio teams behind Banjo-Kazooie and destined to endure in future games as part of Playtonic Universe. Expect all manner of grunts, squeaks and squawks.

Introducing Play Tonics: Discover these unique gameplay modifiers and use them to customise gameplay to suit your style. Will you run faster, hit harder or fly further? Also, are they named after our studio or vice versa? We'll never know.

Arcade machines: Each world hides at least one secret arcade game encasing old-school gaming goodness. Complete its retro-tastic challenge to claim your Pagie!
And although the game is still in it's early development stages, Playtonic has given us several screenshots showing off their game.

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If you want to back this project, or learn more about Yooka-Laylee, you can do so at the kickstarter page. The game has been given an estimated release of October 2016, but the developers have stated that the Windows, Mac and Linux releases will be day one, and console releases will follow later on. Although if they hit their stretch-goal of £1,000,000 before the end of their campaign, console releases can be expected alongside Windows, Mac and Linux releases on day one.
Devin McIntyre
Written by Devin McIntyre
Devin has been a TA Newshound since 2015 and enjoys watching and competing in both esports and normal sports. Any of his time that is not spent working on school or sleeping is allotted to video games and the gym. He is very good at multi-tasking, as he has been known to watch anime while simultaneously playing video games.