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Take a closer look at gameplay of Banjo-Kazooie's spiritual successor – Yooka-Laylee! https://t.co/w9wWbHvKtk
— IGN @ E3 (@IGN) June 15, 2016
Brand new Yooka-Laylee footage
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Following today’s trailer, several outlets are starting to post new gameplay videos. We’ll be rounding those up below.
Yooka-Laylee screenshots and art
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Playtonic and Team17 have released several new screenshots and art from Yooka-Laylee. Find them in the gallery below.
Yooka-Laylee debut trailer, now launching Q1 2017
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Playtonic has come out with the very first trailer for Yooka-Laylee, which you can watch below. The video confirms a new launch timing of Q1 2017. The game was originally planned for release this October.
Playtonic shared the following regarding the delay:
While we felt confident we could ship the game in October as originally projected in our Kickstarter, the Playtonic team has decided that it would prefer to add a few extra months’ polish to the game schedule.
Ultimately, this will allow us to deliver a better game to the tens-of-thousands of you who’ve supported us throughout development. And that’s what we all want, right?
We’re sure some will be disappointed by the prospect of a few extra months’ wait, however the team is confident that we’ve made the right decision for the game and that you’ll be pleased with the results when Yooka-Laylee arrives early next year.
Yooka-Laylee gets another set of fresh details
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EDGE has a lengthy feature on Yooka-Laylee this month. There’s talk about developer Playtonic, and plenty on the game itself.
One point brought up early on is that Yooka-Laylee felt “almost unrecognizable from the footage that convinced so many to part with their money.” The two main characters are essentially the same. However, EDGE says that “their world is a very pleasant surprise – significantly more substantial than we’d anticipated, with a scale and a level of detail belying the size of the team making it.”
Yooka-Laylee takes plenty of cues from the 3D platformers of old on the N64. Just like with Rare’s classic games, this one will feature spoken gibberish for the characters. It took director Chris Sutherland and composer Grant Kirkhope some time to remember how to come up with these sounds, with Sutherland noting that the team “spent a lot of time trying to figure out the timing and iterating regularly until it sounded just right.”
Yooka-Laylee introduces Dr. Quack and Dr. Puzz
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A pair of characters have been introduced for Yooka-Laylee over on the project’s Kickstarter page. This time around, we’re able to see “the hapless, multi-limbed scientist Dr. Puzz and her traitorous former colleague Dr. Quack”.
We have the character art above. You can read about both of them below.
In Yooka-Laylee, Dr. Quack is a ruthless, exosuit-wearing fowl, who’s making the best of a bad situation under the corporate rule of Capital B. The good doctor wasn’t always this unpleasant, but the ruthless takeover of his Quack Corp organisation has persuaded Quack to concoct all manner of crude inventions to satisfy the demands of his new boss – and the shareholders, of course.
Quack’s sweet, naive prodigy, Dr. Puzz proved far more morally rigid than her former colleague, breaking ties with Quack Corp as soon as the exosuits started stirring – and taking her own inventions with her. The tentacled technician – designed by Ed ‘Mumbo Jumbo’ Bryan – is the gateway to all of Yooka-Laylee’s wild and wonderful transformations, which we’ll be revealing in the near future.
Yooka-Laylee – story info, collectibles, Toybox demo for Kickstarter backers in July, more
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Playtonic has started its big blowout of Yooka-Laylee today. New content about the game is being unveiled, and even more updates will be shared over the next few weeks. The team is also “getting close” to settling on some launch news.
Read on below for today’s update covering topics like the story, collectibles, and a Toybox demo for Kickstarter backers due out in July. There are new images sprinkled throughout as well.
Over the past year the Playtonic team has tripled in size, moved office and quietly slaved away on what would become the final form of Yooka-Laylee. You can see some of the results of our work below and over on the Yooka-Laylee game page.
There’s lots to talk about – and today is just the preliminary act. Over the next few weeks we’ll hope to wow you with increasingly dazzling dance numbers, first clicking our heels in the new Edge Magazine on May 26, which will be packed full of details and purchasable in both print and digital flavours.
Soon after you’ll see eyes-on reports of the final Yooka-Laylee appear on your favourite online channels and video platforms, quickly followed by the hijinks of the Electronic Entertainment Expo. We will of course ensure that Kickstarter backers are kept fully up to date with everything we reveal going forward.
One thing we’re not quite ready to reveal yet is the game’s final, day-and-date release plan, but we’re getting close. The Playtonic team is working towards the same release window penned last year, but as fans of some of our past work will attest, we’re a group committed to releasing games only when they’re polished, complete and at the quality level you expect. As soon as we’re confident we’ve ticked all of those boxes, we’ll inform our backers directly of when to mark their calendars.
So without further ado, this is what Yooka-Laylee looks like today.
Former Rare coder and Nyamyam co-founder working with Playtonic
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Yooka-Laylee developer Playtonic has been adding talent from Rare on a regular basis since its inception. This past week, yet another staffer from that company joined the team – at least temporarily.
Playtonic has welcomed Phil Tossell, who was the coding lead on both Star Fox Adventures and Kameo. He’s also one of the co-founders of Tengami maker Nyamyam.
Playtonic tweeted out the following:
— Playtonic (@PlaytonicGames) April 13, 2016
Based on a tweet from Tossell, it sounds like he’s still on with Nyamyam:
— Phil Tossell (@nyyphil) April 13, 2016
Thanks to Jake for the tip.
Playtonic adds two more former Rare staffers
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Simon Gerges and Lee Jackson, two former staffers from Rare, have joined on with Yooka-Laylee developer Playtonic. Both have already started putting their skills to the test at the studio.
Gerges is an experienced engineer, have been previously hired 12 years ago by Playtonic co-founder Chris Sutherland. He worked on the Banjo-Kazooie, Kameo and Kinect Sports franchises.
Jackson is a QA manager who was involved with the likes of Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts and the Viva Piñata series.
Yooka-Laylee – new challenge tune, Kartos revealed as latest character
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Playtonic published a pair of new updates for Yooka-Laylee today. We have some new music as well as the reveal of a new character.
First, have a listen to a challenge tune composed by David Wise below.
Players will hear the above tune during a section of the game which features Kartos. Yooka and Laylee will come across the minecart character several times, “and together they’ll hit the tracks in search of paper-shaped golden nuggets.”
Designer Kev Bayliss says of Kartos:
“In true Playtonic fashion, we wanted to make this character as fun as possible. He’s old school, so we wanted him to look old fashioned, rather than modern. He actually looks like a bad DIY project by myself, and I’m sure I’ve seen some of his body parts lying around in my shed at home! Yooka will be taking advantage of Kartos and his services, as he is for ‘hire’ at various stages in the game. And why not? After all, his slogan is ‘Mein Kart ist Ihre Kart’ after all!”