Yooka-Laylee Pre-Release "Toybox" Now Available For Kickstarter Backers

By Sam Quirke, 1 year ago
Based on reactions to our previous coverage of upcoming platformer Yooka-Laylee, I know that many of you have been eagerly awaiting the game's release since the Kickstarter was successfully funded this time last year.

Some of you may have backed the Kickstarter to a "Toybox" tier, which promised early access to a sandbox version of the game world. It will allow you to experience the platforming and other gameplay elements of the title without ruining any of the story. That Toybox should be available to applicable backers today. If you're one of them, you should be getting an email from the developers at some point today, containing your code for PC, Linux or Mac download.

Yooka-Laylee Toybox

According to developer Playtonic, applicable backers will be able to try out moves and custom-built props, discover secrets and collectibles, and even interact with a "never-before-seen" non-player character. As the first people outside of the developer's office to try out the core gameplay, backers will be able to submit valuable feedback on "stuff like controls, cameras and movement".

If you are one of the lucky backers, you might want to check out Playtonic's FAQ for further details and system specs. A note on this page states that there are no plans to make this sandbox available to non-backers, so the rest of us can get Yooka-coloured with envy while watching the Toybox in action below.

The full Yooka-Laylee game doesn't have a firm release date, but is still expected to arrive in the first quarter of 2017, for Windows 10 and Xbox One.
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.