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Yooka-Laylee dev posts update on Switch port efforts

Posted on September 25, 2017 by in News, Switch

Playtonic Games has added to their website an update post on the progress of Yooka-Laylee on the Switch. The indie developer has stated that it currently cannot commit to a release date due to some bugs in the current Unity engine. The arrival of Unity 5.6 should fix these issues, according to Playtonic.

The full statement is as follows:

“The Playtonic team has been working tirelessly to bring Yooka-Laylee to Nintendo Switch and we’re very nearly there (we promise!) However, we’ve encountered some final technical hurdles and had been waiting for the arrival of Unity 5.6 in order to fix them. Although this has now been released, it has unfortunately introduced other issues which we are working with Unity to resolve before we can submit to Nintendo and lock in our release timeline.

We understand the frustration that it’s taken so long to get the game in your hands but we hope that you understand that we’re working as fast as we can and want the game to perform as well as it possibly can on Switch. Once these remaining issues are resolved we hope to finally be able to commit to and share a launch date. Thanks as ever for your patience and please bear with us – we are getting there!”

You can watch a short video of current Switch gameplay below.


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  • Ninboy

    • StrawhatEevee

      For real. And with no physical version and Mario Odyssey on the horizon, I’m having a really hard time being excited about this anymore. And Banjo Kazooie is probably my favorite game of all time.

    • Melatelo

      That song is such a guilty pleasure for me haha

    • Coonfoot

      At least they’re trying. I’m not happy it’s taking this long either, but they’re doing the best they can. They’re a fairly new developer with not as much resources as the bigger companies. Things like this happen. The least we can do is be understanding and not act like a bunch of jerks.

      • Reggie

        Thank you for this. Too many gamers these days are impatient and self-entitled.

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      • Fredy Rodriguez Ortega

        they are not new developers, they are experienced developers from the the old RARE

  • Lightning Zen

    Unity Engine Issues

  • Melatelo

    Unity engine has so many problems on consoles from what I’ve heard. I don’t know why developers even bother…

    • BananaJama

      It’s one of the easiest game engines for developers to learn, it’s why there’s so many terrible Unity games.

      It’s like any tool though, it’s only as good as the people using it.

      • fox_whisper85

        Just because it’s universal doesn’t make it good

        • Dumdum

          But it is good, if you have decent developers working on that engine. Same could be said of Unreal, or any other game engine. That’s why you pay top dollar for developers.

          Hollow Knight, Cuphead, and Ori were all made in Unity. Each have been stellar in their own right.

          • fox_whisper85

            And yet, it all went to hell. Come on Unity, afraid to have updates that don’t screw up your engine?

  • Exy

    Unity sucks.

  • SomeFluffer64

    Glad to hear. Still excited to play this because “Rare” will finally be on Nintendo again!

    • Coonfoot

      Thank goodness someone here is positive.

      • SomeFluffer64

        While i have been a tad frustrated with the wait, I am glad to see Playtonic pulling through on making the game run well on Switch. Ill be sure to buy it day 1, regardless of whether its release is close to mario or not.

  • DonSerrot

    With Odyssey on the horizon their window for a comeback is quickly closing. It’s a shame too, I was really hoping to see this one do well once it made it to the Switch. Digital only is going to really hurt them, and I get the feeling that those of us who pledged for a Nintendo platform and decided to wait it out are going to be the only ones getting this game for the Switch. Anyone who would actually buy it either got it for another platform by now or gave it a hard pass when it didn’t review well on those other platforms.

  • Jacob Groves

    Yawn…. this game already one of bored platformer games out this year. Plus game sold unwell on all across platforms. I don’t care about this game.

    Playtonic, You already disappointed everyone include me. 🙂

  • AJK

    Shouldn’t really bother. It’s a pretty average game and Odyssey is out soon.

  • Jeff Moreira

    I’ve just bought Rayman and pre-ordered Odyssey so I’m not really looking forward to this game as I was when it was released on other platforms…
    If they want to sell it, they must try to aim for March next year release. I guess, people will have money again after Xmas.

  • fox_whisper85


  • Fernando Silva

    Of course, after they have twitted asking for us to vote on Yooka-Laylee for a competition and 100% of the replies were „where is the Switch version”. I would also give an statement about.

  • Grace

    I can’t tell if that tweet is supposed to be ironic or honest.

    • Fredy Rodriguez Ortega


      • Grace


  • Coonfoot

    I feel so bad for Playtonic at this point. Stuff keeps happening that lands them in hot water with gamers, most of it they can’t help. You try starting a new studio and getting everything right and done quickly on the first try.

    I really wanted Yooka-Laylee to be successful and bring back its style of 90’s platforming and I thought it was a good enough start for Playtonic, but gamers and critics have been so harsh towards it over the smallest things (like a certain overrated bigot whose name rhymes with BonBron), we’ll probably never see any game of the sort again. I hope you jerks are happy.

    • Gregory Weagle

      They’re way too far in development and money to back away from this now. It’ll come, probably sell poorly and that will be that.

    • Dumdum

      Consider that the game itself is overrated. Don’t let your bias cloud your vision.

  • Tlink7

    Whooka what? I hope you’re happy, Wii U backers 😛

    • Pariksit

      are you aware that wii u backers got to choose for a refund or a digital copy of any of the other 3 platforms?

      • ben

        They didn’t get a refund.

        • Pariksit

          im a Wii U backer, and they asked me if i wanted either a refund, a code for another platform or an upgrade to the still unreleased switch version
          only Wii U backers got refunds because the version got cancelled if you originally pledged for another version you were not elegible for a refund

  • Blanco8x8

    Aww…how can I be mad at them? They are actually working hard on this port. Take all the time you need, Playtonic.

  • Roto Prime

    Hard copy please…….

  • Sinara Centeno

    Finally the Unity is full optmized for Switch, the problems in this game will not exist in future games using Unity 5.6. Sad with the Wii U version 🙁
    Maybe they come back to their senses after hype for Switch launch dissipates. They have to understand that they are being dishonests with those backers.

  • Locky Mavo

    Awesome, hopefully it won’t be too much longer now.

  • ben

    From the beginning playtoxic went chasing after the ps4 money. They deserve all the trouble they get!

    • Gregory Weagle

      I disagree with that. Playtoxic was this stupid on their own and didn’t need PS4’s money to do it. Still deserve what they got, that is for sure.

  • Gregory Weagle

    I stopped caring a long time ago. Not because of anything they did; but now that there is a lot of games already announced for Nintendo Switch, I’m like with this game: “Take your time on this, there’s no hurry.”

  • Dascylus

    To be fair, the game was a buggy mess on PS4 and Xbone as well. It’s only moderately glitchy now after several huge updates.