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Yooka-Laylee developer Playtonic has added two new staffers who have a long history with Rare. Andy Wilson is joining the team as producer, and Gary Richards will be a part of the design team.

Wilson was a tester on Diddy Kong Racing and lead tester on Banjo-Kazooie. He eventually became a part of the design team on Donkey Kong 64, and also worked on Banjo-Tooie, Conker’s Bad Fur Day, and more.

Richards led the way on Donkey Kong Land 3. He was also the Head of Handheld department at Rare and lead design on all portable titles, such as Conker’s Pocket Tales, Sabre Wulf, Banjo Pilot and Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise.

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Playtonic shared a new Yooka-Laylee video this week that gives fans a taste of what Tribalstack Tropics will be like in the final game as a fully fleshed out world. We’ve posted it below.

Playtonic delivered the unfortunate news this week that Yooka-Laylee will no longer be coming to Wii U. Instead, the team is looking to bring the 3D platformer to Switch. Technical issues became too much of a barrier to overcome.

In an official FAQ on its website, Playtonic explains why it waited as long as it did to share the news about pulling the plug on Yooka-Laylee’s Wii U version. The studio wrote:

“The Playtonic team wanted to explore every possible avenue before making the very difficult decision to transfer development from the Wii U. Our developers worked tirelessly over many months in attempt to solve our technical issues, but unfortunately it’s not been possible to bring Yooka-Laylee to Wii U as originally planned.”

Thanks to Jake for the tip.

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Playtonic delivered the surprising news today that Yooka-Laylee’s Wii U version has been scrapped. In its place though, the team appears to be refocusing its Nintendo efforts entirely on Switch.

GamesIndustry spoke with Playtonic studio head Gavin Price to inquire further about the delay. He was asked if the recent news about Wii U production affected the decision, to which he denied.

Price explained:

Playtonic announced today that Yooka-Laylee will be released on April 11th, 2017 on all previously announced platforms..except Wii U. According to Playtonic, due to “unforeseen technical issues”, a release of the Wii U version was made impossible. However, to make up for that, Playtonic are “working very closely with Nintendo” to bring the game to the Nintendo Switch instead. Further details will be shared “early next year”.

Kickstarter backers who opted to get the Wii U version can instead get the game for any of the other platforms for which the game launches on April 11th, or to the Switch version once further details are announced next year. The wording seems to imply that the Switch version will not launch on April 11th alongside the other versions. Those who backed the Wii U version and want a refund instead of switching to another version are urged by Playtonic to contact them via the Backer messaging system on Kickstarter.

Finally, here’s a new trailer for the game; hopefully we will be able to play this on the Switch soon:

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If the Xbox store webpage is anything to go by, it seems that Yooka-Laylee will be released in April.

The page has Yooka-Laylee listed for release on April 11. A Brazilian retailer also posted its own release date of April 7 for physical versions. While this is by no means an official confirmation, one could assume that we’re likely close to an actual official announcement from Playtonic in the near future.

The only slightly concerning thing here is that a physical version of Yooka-Laylee is nowhere to be seen. Missing out on a retail release wouldn’t be entirely surprising given the state of the console, but we’ll have to see what Playtonic and Team17 are planning.

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GameXplain has posted a few more minutes of off-screen footage from Yooka-Laylee. Watch the latest gameplay below.

16 minutes of Yooka-Laylee footage

Posted on 1 year ago by (@NE_Brian) in Videos, Wii U | 1 Comment | 0 Likes

Another round of footage has arrived showing the latest look at the upcoming 3D platformer Yooka-Laylee. Give it a watch below.

A new video from Game Informer shows off the Tribalstack Tropics level in Yooka-Laylee. Several minutes of footage is below.

Yooka-Laylee clip shows swimming

Posted on 1 year ago by (@NE_Brian) in Videos, Wii U | 10 Comments | 0 Likes

On the Playtonic Twitter page, a brief gameplay clip was posted that shows some swimming action in Yooka-Laylee. Give it a watch below.


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