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Playtonic wants physical version of Yooka-Laylee on Switch, currently beyond Kickstarter scope

Posted on February 2, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch eShop

As of now, Yooka-Laylee will be an eShop-only title on Switch. That doesn’t mean Playtonic is interested in a physical version, however.

In a Kickstarter FAQ on its website, Playtonic again says that “the Kickstarter Switch version will be delivered to backers via digital game codes and thus no additional upgrade cost is required.” The notice then goes on to state:

“For Kickstarter, unfortunately physical Switch editions are beyond our scope right now, as we anticipate the difference in costs compared to digital formats would result in further expense to backers which we’re unable to accurately determine at this point in time. If circumstances change, we’ll update you ASAP as we 100% would love to do a Physical Release on Switch.”

Playtonic says the team is “working as hard and fast as we can and are looking forward to giving you the answers you’re looking for on many topics including release timing” on Switch. The studio also thanked Nintendo fans “for their continued patience and understanding.”

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  • boo friggin hoo

    • theFooFighter

      I found a salty Wii u fanboy

      • yeah feel self-righteous about spending $300 for another console they’re gonna kill in 3 years

        • theFooFighter

          Whether or not Nintendo can release a successful console has nothing to do with 3rd party devs. These guys aren’t obligated to support a long dead console especially when most of their backers are OK with them moving to the switch. They’re a company not a Wii u charity

          • hey just keep talking to this ghost person who mentioned third party devs

            don’t mind me

          • Michael_Ponder_JR

            You’re a freaking idiot.

  • Roto Prime

    I needed that hard copy, don’t buy digital!! Please make it so…someone!

  • Barricade_BE

    As of now, Yooka-Laylee will be an eShop-only title on Switch. That doesn’t mean Playtonic *isn’t interested in a physical version, however.

    There you go, fixed that for you. I really hope this gets a physical release. I love physical releases, game cases are a nice thing to collect. But if this doesn’t have a physical release by the time I get my Switch, I will be picking it up digitally. I feel like this’ll be a game I’ll really enjoy.

  • jbmindtrick

    I would gladly pay more for a hard copy thank you very much.

    • jwfurness

      To me, this is a premium title for which I would gladly pay $60.

  • Felipe M.

    I’d support their Kickstarter if they guaranteed a physical Switch release but since they won’t.. nope. Won’t buy it digital either for the NS. If it comes to buying on PS4 then I’ll do that.

    • Carlos

      That Kickstarter is long over. Which Kickstarter are you talking about?

  • kurodo

    Someone show they the limited run games or xseed for the good lord sake. this publishers would love to publish the next Banjo! Why everything has to be a big case when is about Nintendo?

    • amak11

      because to Playtonic, Nintendo holds a big place in their hearts

      • kurodo

        I mean in geral, every (western) third party has some issue to release games on Nintendo’s Platform.

        It’s always like “my dog eat my pendrive with the code” or “my cat deleted the project of my Notebook”. It’s annoying! I don’t see any whining for the others platforms (ps4xone)

  • Blanco8x8

    No, no, no, I NEED the cartridge.

    This game is too good for a mere download.

    • how do you know it’s good, it’s not out yet

      • JasonBall

        Educated guess and faith based on observations and precedents.

        • if youre wrong, youre probably right to wait for the disc so you can sell it

  • Tlink7

    No upgrade cost beyond buying a Switch, that is 😛

    • Hermione Granger

      hush, dont say it out loud, you can upset the nintyfanboys.

      • Tlink7

        I won’t stop my criticism just because it puts a dent in some lunatics’ perfect image of Nintendo 😛

  • Justmadeanaccount2

    The other consoles are getting physical copies.

    • r4ind4nce

      The other consoles are all disc-based, discs are cheap, cartridges less so. That’s their point. Playtonic isn’t a big studio, similar to Yacht Club Games they have to make sure they are in the black to keep doing what they’re doing before expanding on it. That was the reason the physical edition for Shovel Knight came out about a year after the game released virtually.

  • theFooFighter

    It’s probably just a matter of time. Something will probably change before release day

  • AquaBat

    Aww, gee, looks like changing consoles last-minute isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, huh?

    • theFooFighter

      You’re acting like the project fell apart or something. They don’t have a physical copy deal right now it’s not the end of the world

      • AquaBat

        I’m not acting like anything, I’m just calling out a terrible decision when I see it. You’d think that if they actually took three seconds to PREPARE at all they’d have a distributor in mind, any distributor at all, and would be at least trying to make a deal at this point, but apparently they’ve just been sitting on their hands doing nothing since they made the decision to change consoles, which was announced months ago and could’ve actually been made long before then for all we know. I bet they don’t even have a Switch build at all yet.

        • r4ind4nce

          My guess is that their hands have been firmly strapped to their keyboards punching in code this whole time. Switching to a different platform and architecture isn’t child’s play, I doubt they’ve been twiddling their thumbs over something they’re so passionate about.

  • Coonfoot

    If digital is the only way to buy it on Switch, fine. I just wanna play this on a Nintendo console.

    • SpectralDynamite

      Same here.

  • Hermione Granger

    digital only what a mess this is, i will go buy the ps4 version then.

    • Roto Prime

      Wait 2 month please, Switch might still get hard copy!! please

    • Stuart

      Wait. You were going to buy that game on Switch before? I thought you didnt want a Switch.

  • Stuart

    That sucks for the backers on kickstarter who donated for the Wii U phisical. They would get a lower reward that they paid for.

    • Triforce of the Gods

      Original donations didn’t have physical. PS4/XB1 have to pay an additional £20 on top of the £15 they already paid to upgrade to physical. If you stay digital or go from Wii U to Switch, no extra money is needed.

  • Darius Foltete

    Here is a petition for a retail-version of Yooka-Laylee on the Switch. Maybe it will get an own news here.

    https://www.change.org/p/playtonic-games-yooka-laylee-retail-version-for-nintendo-switch

    • r4ind4nce

      Not sure this is necessary. Playtonic want to release this physically anyway, they just don’t have the means at this point. Let the game sell for a bit and we’ll see the physical version somewhere down the line, same as Shovel Knight. It’s not a matter of wanting or not wanting with these small studios, it’s a question of how do they finance this. Cartridges don’t come cheap, they’re more of an undetaking than releasing something on discs is.

  • Alexandre Nepomuceno

    NIntendo, do your thing and step up for a physical copy.

    • That’s what I was thinking

  • Sigma

    If it’s digital only on Swtich I’ll get it on PS4.


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Platform: SWITCH
Genre: PLATFORMER
Publisher: Team17
Developer: Playtonic
Release date: Q1 2017
OWN IT: 1 [I own this game]
BEAT IT: 0 [I beat this game]
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