The creative team behind Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country , two well-known 3D Platformers for the Nintendo 64, have been busy working on a new title for current gen systems. Yooka-Laylee is also a 3D platformer that has you playing as a gecko and a bat. The Kickstarter for the game went up this past Friday and has already demolished its initial goal. This spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie is officially the fastest video game to hit $1 Million on Kickstarter.As of writing this article, the project has a total of 35,922 backers that have raised £1,231,775. The Kickstarter still has 43 days left to raise as much as it can. Playtonic Games updated their donors by thanking them deeply and listed their dream extras that they would love to have in the game now that they have the funds for it. “Obviously we would like to offer our sincere thanks to everyone who has backed the project so far. Our intention from the beginning was to use Kickstarter as a means to improve Yooka-Laylee, and you’ve helped us shape it into one fine specimen.”
Yookah-Laylee will be released on PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC, MAC and Linux on the same day! Playtonic Games has set a release date of October 2016 for PC and Linux with console versions soon after. There’s going to be tons of features in the game to hopefully make it long-lasting.
“Features”-from the Kickstarter
Heroes Built for Fun: Our new buddy-duo were dreamed up specifically for entertaining platforming gameplay and exceptional colour coordination. We think we’ve captured the spirit of our past heroes while introducing our most inventive moves yet.
An Arsenal of Abilities: Sonar blasting, tongue whipping, sky soaring… a move roster built for platforming fun – and unlocked with added freedom. Additionally, there may or may not be a move involving a giant fart bubble.
A Dream Soundtrack: David Wise (Don
key Kong Country) and Grant Kirkhope (Banjo-Kazooie) combine in what’s sure to be a melodic masterpiece! Seriously, clean out your ears – they’re in for a treat.
Collect-em-up 2.0: A roster of shiny collectibles with gameplay progression at their core (as well as other, more valuable materials). Every collectible type in our new game will expand gameplay in a meaningful way. Yes, we employ the man responsible for DK64’s myriad of trinkets, but we’ve had a stern word. Our main collectible, Pagies, are used to unlock and expand new worlds in Yooka-Laylee.
Expandable Worlds: Experience more of the playgrounds you love by spending collectibles to expand your favourites into bigger, more challenging worlds.
A Cast to Last: A huge cast of memorable characters to meet (or beat) brought to life by the art and audio teams behind Banjo-Kazooie and destined to endure in future games as part of Playtonic Universe. Expect all manner of grunts, squeaks and squawks.
Introducing Play Tonics: Discover these unique gameplay modifiers and use them to customise gameplay to suit your style. Will you run faster, hit harder or fly further? Also, are they named after our studio or vice versa? We’ll never know.
Arcade machines: Each world hides at least one secret arcade game encasing old-school gaming goodness. Complete its retro-tastic challenge to claim your Pagie!
I’ve just recently started to play the original Banjo-Kazooie and I’m having a blast. We don’t see much of the genre of 3D platforming anymore and I’m happy that people support this team with much love. If you would like to support Yookah-Laylee, here’s the link!