Yooka-Laylee Presents Screens, Details, and Subtle Jabs at Industry

By Sam Quirke, 1 year ago
Since Yooka-Laylee was fully funded this time last year, developers Playtonic have stayed fairly quiet about what they've been up to.

Apparently, quite a lot. The developer has tripled in size since the Kickstarter ended, and the game has been taking considerable shape in the meantime, and now represents what they call its "final form". We'll be getting a lot of details over the next few weeks – including a showing of some kind at E3 – but not any kind of release schedule just yet.

Yooka-Laylee Glacier

One of the main chunks of information teased today concerns the plot... and, in classic Rare style, it includes some subtle(ish) and light-hearted(ish) jabs at the corporate media machine. I'll leave Playtonic to describe the game's antagonists, and I believe you'll see what I mean...

A flurry of excitement filled the factory floor. Everyone had assembled, from the top-tier boss characters to the tea minion from sector C. it was finally here; takeover day.

The ingenious tech firm Quack Corp had been subject to a hostile swoop by diabolical publishing corporation in Hivory Towers. Together they were about to launch their most devious scheme yet, all under the leadership of cunning buzzness executive Capital B!
Yooka-Laylee Capital B

So, Yooka and Laylee will be up against "corporate creep" Capital B, who wants to "absorb all of the world’s literature… and convert them into pure profit." They'll be journeying into the "baneful business" in order to pick up Pagies, which will in turn allow them to explore magical Grand Tomes. Playtonic consider the characters of Yooka-Laylee to be important to their long term goals, as their ambition is to continue their adventures across multiple games.

Two of those characters were in the spotlight today – Dr. Puzz and Dr. Quack.

The latter is a ruthless, exosuit-wearing fowl, who’s making the best of a bad situation under the corporate rule of Capital B. The good doctor wasn’t always this unpleasant, but the ruthless takeover of his Quack Corp organisation has persuaded Quack to concoct all manner of crude inventions to satisfy the demands of his new boss – and the shareholders, of course.

Quack’s sweet, naive prodigy, Dr. Puzz proved far more morally rigid than her former colleague, breaking ties with Quack Corp as soon as the exosuits started stirring – and taking her own inventions with her. The tentacled technician – designed by Ed ‘Mumbo Jumbo’ Bryan – is the gateway to all of Yooka-Laylee’s wild and wonderful transformations, which we’ll be revealing in the near future.
Honestly, it couldn't be any subtler.

Collectibles will of course take a part in the game, although Playtonic say they've worked on making sure that they actually impact game progression rather than just being shiny things to stack up. These collectibles will include consumables for the Health and Power bars, whilst Quills which can be exchanged for new moves.

These are Pagies... I assume.These are Pagies... I assume.

Finally, Playtonic talked a little more about their "Toybox". This is an interesting venture – Kickstarter backers who hit the appropriate tiers will basically get a sandbox version of the platformer to try out. It won't spoil any plot or character details, but it's apparently moved beyond the small web tool originally planned and into a fully-fledged sandbox experience. Whether this sandbox will be available on both consoles and PC is unclear.

Yooka-Laylee Toybox

We will keep you posted as further details emerge, but you can expect a bit of a buzz about this one at E3 this year.
Sam Quirke
Written by Sam Quirke
Sam has been a Newshound since 2016. He's also been gaming long enough to know what a text parser is. When not hopelessly lost in the latest open-world epic, Sam is busy devouring books and podcasts or trading Pokémon with his wife.