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Yooka-Laylee: Hype Rising

/ May 20th, 2016 No Comments

Yooka-Laylee Release Date

Almost a year ago Yooka-Laylee was given a chance via Kickstarter. Roughly 73,000 backers threw down over $3 million (~£2 million) towards a goal of about $254,000 (£175,000) in a little over a month. The campaign made headlines by hitting its goal within 24 hours.

Now fans find themselves with the game’s central plot having been revealed via Playtonic Games‘ website and nearly every form of social media. Those Kickstarter backers who opted for a pledge level featuring the Toybox, a spoiler-free sandbox experience, will be able to access it sometime in July. The game’s official release date is yet to be stated but should come before the end of 2016. Based off the Kickstarter’s estimated date, which Playtonic stated they are still striving toward, it may arrive in October.

Why Give A Fiddle?

For anyone unaware, Playtonic Games is a UK-based videogame developer populated almost entirely by former Rare employees. Fans of Rare may remember such games as Battletoads, Sabrewulf, Banjo-Kazooie, Kameo: Elements of Power and countless others that need no introduction. While Rare still owns the intellectual rights to its various characters, Playtonic has made it no secret that the spirit of Yooka-Laylee is directly related to Banjo-Kazooie.


Yeah I’ll be sick in July… oh, for the whole month…

What is going to make this game truly great is two-fold:

1. The team itself is, for the most part, made up of seasoned industry vets with a varying amount of titles under their belts. Star character creator Steve “Give Everything Googly Eyes” Mayes and composer Grant “My Tunes Will Stay With You Until Death” Kirkhope just to name a couple. Over the course of development the team has grown significantly allowing Playtonic to give the game even more polish.

2. It’s serving as a spiritual successor to a well-loved series and is playing nostalgia like a well-tuned violin. Everything known about the game thus far is exactly what fans have asked for on the Kickstarter and official Playtonic forums.

Play It Off Song Man

On top of those main points, the game is set to come digitally to all current-gen systems as well as PC, making it a game anyone will be able to get their hands on. This game will be a well-oiled machine that uses time-tested tropes in video games (collect-a-thons, platforming, etc.) while also introducing new characters, worlds and stories. Yooka-Laylee will also utilize modern technology to make an impressive game for the eyes, ears, and hands. The UK’s signature tongue-in-cheek humor will be present with characters such as “Trowzer”, a one-eyed snake, and Capital B, which when you’re a fat corporate stooge can only mean one thing.


There’s a liiiight… over at the Yooka-Laylee plaaaace…

Currently Doom is receiving some of the most glowing praise for a shooter in recent memory and the reason is simple: it’s a labor of love. Developer id Software made this a game about its fan base and gave them exactly what they asked for: an intense and visceral shooter. Playtonic Games was founded to fill Rare fans’ need for a return to the collect-a-thon platforming genre. While no developer can ever perfectly please fans, or predict what they’ll want, Playtonic Games is looking to fill every need of its fan base with Yooka-Laylee.

I’m Sold, What Now?

Sadly for those wanting to jump in, there’s not a lot to do besides wait. Currently the subreddit for Yooka-Laylee is pretty lively for those fans looking to weigh in and keep discussion alive. Edge Magazine is set to have a fuller look into the game, available both digitally and in print on May 26th. Of course the official Playtonic Games website is a hot-bed for discussions and official news releases regarding Yooka-Laylee. The UK developer is also staying active on both Facebook and Twitter.


Capital B, the real head of Playtonic Games, taunting us that he is currently looking at the game.

Playtonic Games is also looking to have an E3 presence this year which, if it pans out, will hopefully get more fans and media talking up Yooka-Laylee throughout the year. To top it off, Playtonic Games has expressed interest in third-party team-ups, noted by its multiplatform release, which has many hoping Yooka-Laylee Amiibos or other goodies are somewhere down the line. Now all that’s left for fans to do is speculate, wait and keep steadfast in knowing that Playtonic Games still has much more to say and show about its upcoming title.

The latest announcement can be found here.

Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson

Associate Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Greg is a Nintendo fanboy who would cry if they ever went third party. He writes news, previews and reviews at Gaming Illustrated.
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