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Yesterday, the Yooka-Laylee’s 64-Bit Tonic Mode finally went live on Switch. Have a look at some footage in the video below.

It might be April Fools’ Day, but there is at least one announcement we know is real. Playtonic has long talked about and teased the 64-Bit Tonic update for Yooka-Laylee, and it’s finally live. The patch adds an optional way of playing through the 3D platformer with a retro style.

Here’s a trailer for the 64-Bit Tonic:

Yooka-Laylee is available physically and digitally on Switch.

Playtonic posted a Q&A on its website that attempts to answer some of the questions fans have about the upcoming 64-Bit Tonic in Yooka-Laylee. Technical director Jens Restermeier spoke about what was used as a reference material/inspiration, why there won’t be an option to turn the CRT filter on and off, and more.

Here’s the full rundown:

Playtonic posted a video today that provides a first look at the new 64-Bit Tonic in Yooka-Laylee. Get a look at it below.

The 64-Bit Tonic is still without a release date, but Playtonic is getting closer to finishing it up. We’ll let you know when it’s live on Switch.

Yooka-Laylee currently exists only as a game. However, Dreamprism Press is looking to expand the IP into a new area.

Having received developer Playtonic’s blessing, Dreamprism intends to open a Kickstarter tomorrow for a Yooka-Laylee spin-off comic. It’s been written and illustrated by D.M. Cumbo, a former artist at Insomniac Games. According to IGN, the comic takes place after the game and involves Yooka and Laylee entering a new tome world in a race against Dr. Quack to grab an artifact rumored to grant invincibility.

The project will be realized if the Kickstarter campaign reaches $40,000 in funding. It’ll run until November 16, with rewards to ship in June 2019. Fans can purchase a digital edition for $15, a hand-sewn hardcover at $30, a Kickstarter-exclusive edition at $50, and the limited Grand Tome Collector’s Edition at $75.

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Limited Run Games is now taking pre-orders for the physical version of Yooka-Laylee. Fans can purchase a standard copy or a special collector’s edition.

The collector’s edition includes:

Limited Run Games has revealed the next two additions from its physical Switch collection.

Dust: An Elysian Tail – featuring a reversible cover – will be up first, with pre-orders opening next week. Playtonic’s 3D platformer Yooka-Laylee will follow.

Limited Run will start taking pre-orders for Dust: An Elysian Tail on August 31. Yooka-Laylee will be just a few days after on September 3.

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When Yooka-Laylee was funded on Kickstarter, one of the stretch goals met involved was an old-school N64 shader mode. This wasn’t included in the 3D platformer upon its initial launch, but Playtonic will be adding it in soon.

A first look at the shader was posted on Playtonic’s website today. The “demastered” look will be offered through the “64-Bit” tonic.

The 3D platformer Yooka-Laylee is seeing a physical release. In partnership with Team17 and Playtonic, Limited Run Games will be selling copies exclusively through its website. Expect it in August.

Yooka-Laylee celebrated its very first birthday this week. To celebrate, developer Playtonic shared a brief blog post here.

The big takeaways from the post are a couple of interesting teases. Playtonic says the team has been “far too busy working on covert goodness”. We’ll soon be hearing about “extra content for Yooka-Laylee” as well as “other stuff.”

What could “other stuff” be? A new game? Something else? Hopefully we’ll have more news to share soon.