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Yooka Laylee, the spiritual successor to Rare’s classic platformer Banjo Kazooie, is getting close to its April 11th release date. Their latest news has included the first look at one of the stages, Capital Cashino, as well as the announcement that Yooka Laylee will no longer be coming to the Nintendo WiiU but will instead be releasing for the also recently announced Nintendo Switch. Today more information has been revealed as Playtonic Games show off multiplayer in Yooka Laylee in their latest trailer.

Multiplayer in Yooka Laylee will be accessible through the use of eight different arcade machines, each of these machines will be hidden throughout the different world and protected by Rextro Sixtyfourus, a play on both the word Retro and Rextro’s 64 bit appearance. In all of these arcade games, you can either play them on your own attempting to attain the highest score and top the leaderboard, if you have friends that also want to get in on the action though then you can play all of the arcade games with up to four player couch co-op.

So far the arcade games we know about are as follows:

  • Glaciators, an arena type game where you have to fight to earn the most quills
  • Kartos Karting, a simple race to get to the finish line first
  • Blag the Flag, a game where you fight to keep possession of the flag
  • Gun-let Run, a shoot-em-up where you need to take out as many enemies as possible
  • Jobstacle Course
  • Hurdle Hijinx, the last of two seem to test players platforming abilities

It isn’t just about competitive multiplayer though as you can ‘plug’ in a second controller and have your friend help you out during the single player campaign too! Playing as the Bee Team your second player will help you out by grabbing quills as well as collecting and storing butterflies for when Yooka and Laylee need more health. If there’s a pesky trap that you just can’t seem to make it past either then they can also work to stop them making your journey that much easier.

Yooka Laylee is launching for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, and Linux on the 11th of April. If you digitally pre-order the game from the Xbox Store, PlayStation Network, Steam, or even retailers like GAME in the UK or Amazon in the US you will also receive instant access to the Yooka Laylee Toybox giving you a chance to try out some of the game’s mechanics and even learn about a secret that will be available in the full release.

What do you think of Yooka Laylee‘s multiplayer announcement? Are you more excited that you can play these arcade games with your friends, or that you can have your friend play with you through the main game?


Andrew Stretch

Events Coordinator

I have been playing all kinds of games for as long as I can remember with a particular interest in action adventure and platforming titles. While I am primarily an Xbox gamer I also spend a fair bit of time on the PS4 and on my PC in VR.