Yooka-Laylee reviews roundup
Posted on 4 years ago by Brian(@NE_Brian) in News, Switch eShop | 48 Comments
It’ll be a little while longer until Yooka-Laylee hits Switch, but reviews for the game based on its initial launch are starting to come in. We’ve rounded up some of the early verdicts below.
Video: “Yooka-Laylee: Modernizing the 3D Platformer”
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In a new video, members of the Playtomic team talk about their favorite parts of Yooka-Laylee and tell their story of modernizing the 3D platformer genre for a new era. Check it out below.
Video: Playtonic plays through the opening stages of Yooka-Laylee and talks about the game
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At EGX Rezzed this weekend, Playtonic stopped by for a developer session. The studio played through the title’s opening stages and also talked about making the project in-depth. We’ve posted the full recording below.
Yooka-Laylee has a Conker’s Bad Fur Day Easter egg
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Playtonic is comprised of many former staffers from Rare. It makes sense then that for the team’s debut title, an Easter egg was included from one of their earlier works.
GameXplain came across one little secret referencing Conker’s Bad Fur Day, a platformer from the N64 era. We won’t reveal it here, but it amounts to a book’s name being the same as a line spoken by Conker. GameXplain has the full rundown below.
Playtonic unveils the Yooka-Laylee Rap
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Yesterday, Playtonic and Yooka-Laylee composer Grant Kirkhope teased a new tune for the game that would be taking inspiration from Donkey Kong 64’s DK Rap. That’s now been published online.
Kirkhope and Playtonic have created a new piece of music in the style of DK Rap, aptly titled the Yooka-Laylee Rap. Watch the video and listen to the song below.
Playtonic and Grant Kirkhope tease new take on DK Rap
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If you’ve played Donkey Kong 64, chances are you’re familiar with the DK Rap. Even those who have heard about the game in passing may be aware of the famous song, as it’s only gained in popularity over the years.
Grant Kirkhope, the creator of the DK Rap, is one of the composers working on Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee. The 3D platformer is taking inspiration from many N64 games such as Banjo-Kazooie. The influences don’t stop there though, as it appears Kirkhope is preparing a new take on the DK Rap as a tie-in for Yooka-Laylee.
Playtonic put out the following video on YouTube earlier today:
Yooka-Laylee will see a Switch release “as soon as possible”, Playtonic wants to focus on developing own IP
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Playtonic’s Andy Robinson, the writer and comms director for the studio, recently answered some questions about Yooka-Laylee during an interview with Game Reactor. Some of the topics covered include the release of the game on the Switch eShop and whether or not Playtonic would be interesting in creating games with already established characters, such as Banjo-Kazooie or Donkey Kong.
On the Switch release for Yooka-Laylee:
“It’s a bit too early to go into specifics with this version, but rest assured we’re working directly with Nintendo to get it out as soon as possible for our many fans and Kickstarter backers on that platform. We’re big Nintendo fans here, so it’s very exciting to be working on Nintendo Switch.”
On how Playtonic would feel about developing a game for older, legendary characters like Banjo-Kazooie:
“The most important thing for the team at Playtonic is that we maintain the autonomy and culture that allows us to create the kind of games we want to make. When working with another company’s IP, you inherently lose some of that independence, so right now we’re focusing on expanding the Playtonic Universe of stories across many different game genres.”
With an answer like that, one has to be curious as to what Playtonic has planned for the future of their universe. You can read the full interview here.
Controversial comments prompts Playtonic to remove JonTron from Yooka-Laylee
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Popular YouTuber JonTron has been in the news lately due to some controversial comments he made in recent weeks. Certain views he expressed on particularly sensitive topics resulted in backlash from fans and others.
Originally, Playtonic worked with JonTron to have his voice featured in the game for one of the characters. The studio now says though that the situation has prompted his removal in full.
Playtonic said in a statement:
“We recently became aware of comments made by voice artist JonTron after development on Yooka-Laylee had been completed. JonTron is a talented video presenter who we were initially, two years ago, happy to include as a voice contributor in our game. However, in light of his recent personal viewpoints we have made the decision to remove JonTron’s inclusion in the game via a forthcoming content update. We would like to make absolutely clear that we do not endorse or support JonTron’s personal viewpoints and that, as an external fan contributor, he does not represent Playtonic in any capacity. Playtonic is a studio that celebrates diversity in all forms and strives to make games that everyone can enjoy. As such, we deeply regret any implied association that could make players feel anything but 100% comfortable in our game worlds, or distract from the incredible goodwill and love shown by our fans and Kickstarter backers.”
There’s a bit of new Yooka-Laylee footage available to watch on YouTube. You can find them all below.
An hour of Yooka-Laylee footage
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Team17 held a live stream last week to show off the Glitterglaze Glacier world in Yooka-Laylee. You can view the full recording below.