Continuing in the pre-E3 blitz today, Playtonic got a place on the Playstation Blog to announce that their crowdfunded spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie has been delayed until Q1 2017. Yooka-Layee is a 3D mascot collect-a-thon platformer adventure game that raised over 2 million Euro on Kickstarter back in 2015.
In their post, available on their website, they explain that while they could hit the October deadline they want to take the extra time to polish and improve the game further. They describe it as a difficult choice but one that they think is best for the game and their fans. They also confirmed that the Toybox Early Access is still coming this July for backers of the game, and will not be facing any delays at all.
Yooka-Laylee teamed up with Team 17 to help the game reach completion and further port the game that they hit stretch goals. Like Banjo-Kazooie, you have two characters each with special abilities and a whole move set you can unlock throughout the game. Also, as you probably expect Yooka-Laylee will be showing at E3 2016 and the trailer for that was released.
There is more information that came out about the game, with PlayStation Access having a ten-minute interview that got to go into some of the game mechanics and details. The number of collectibles per level (200 quills once the level is expanded, 25 pages to start), types of moves and transformations. There are also a bunch of minigames confirmed in the new information coming out today like the quiz shows, arcade games, eight multiplayer games, mine-cart challenges, and more there.
Yooka-Laylee is releasing in Q1 2017 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Wii U
Yooka-Laylee is one of those games that makes me happy to see Kickstarter exists because of the type of love and dedication clearly shown by the team. The game looks like a ton of fun and it has bundles of energy and charm in it, in a genre that somehow has largely been neglected of late. While we see a lot of platformers in general, the type of collect-em-up ones and N64-PS1 era is often forgotten in the retro nostalgia digs that Yooka-Laylee goes right after.
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