Since Microsoft isn’t willing to do anything with Banjo and Kazooie beyond license them out for Smash games, it falls to their creators to carry on with two knockoffs, Yooka and Laylee. So far, Playtonic Games — a game studio made up of ex-Rare employees — has whipped up two tributes in the form of Yooka-Laylee (the 3D Banjo games) and Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair (the 2D Donkey Kong Country games). We hoped we’d hear about a third game starring Yooka and Laylee during E3, but there was no such announcement yet. They will, however, be starring in a game of a different kind.
One of the good things about the Bootleg Banjo series (better known as Yooka-Laylee) is the terrific soundtrack composed by the original note wizards of Rare, David Wise and Grant Kirkhope. We’re surprised to learn the official soundtrack collection wasn’t for sale universally until this moment. Who let this flaw in the market happen? Blame Capital B.
After a polarizing debut, Banjo and Kazoo——I mean, Yooka and Laylee are back! And this time the bear and—-.dangit, chameleon and bat have an IMPOSSIBLE LAIR to contend with!
First you said “Why won’t anybody bring back Banjo-Kazooie styled 3D collectathons? We miss them!” And Playtonic, a team made up of veterans from Rare at its peak, responded to those demands with the Banjo clone Yooka-Laylee. Then you said “Never mind! 3D collectathons belong to the past! We hate this now!” and threw Yooka-Laylee to the wall, then threw a temper tantrum.
Limited Run Games is a website that prints physical copies of popular indie games in a limited capacity. Their typical product will only be made available within one month (with preorders), or will be sold with a set limit of copies (first come first serve). Until now, the Limited Run website was the only place those games could be bought in the physical world.
Yooka-Laylee, Playtonic Games’ love letter to the heyday of cheeky collectathon platformers, is available at last on a Nintendo console — the Switch. The game was created by former Rare developers who worked on Banjo-Kazooie and similar games, and was partially crowdfunded by nostalgic fans who wanted the experience one more time.
As you might have guessed from its name, Yooka-Laylee is a tribute to the retro 3D platformers that were first introduced to the world two decades ago, most notably taking inspiration from Rare’s Banjo-Kazooie. It has been crafted by Playtonic Games, made up of several former Rare staffers, and was funded due to a highly successful Kickstarter campaign that grabbed attention by promising to recreate a faithful experience to what fans had expected from games of this genre in the 90s.
PlayTonic Games and Team 17 released a new gameplay video for the upcoming 3D adventure platform game, Yooka-Laylee. You an check out the latest gameplay video in the player below. The game finally arrives on consoles this month. The new video showcases how it will modernize the 3D platform game experience.
Playtonic Games, crafters of the crowdfunded Banjo-Kazooie love letter known as Yooka-Laylee, have just dropped the announcement everybody’s been waiting for….the game is nearly complete and we have a release date! You’ll be able to hop and bop with a lizard and bat April 11, 2017..for just $39.99! (This is the preorder price; it may change.) Look for it in both digital and physical form on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac and Linux.
A new trailer for Playtonic Games’ Yooka-Laylee premiered today, and shows off all the major characters revealed to date running on game hardware — plus a few unnamed characters we haven’t seen before. And one we have.
Team17 and developer Playtonic Games officially released today the new E3 trailer for the upcoming 3D platforming adventure Yooka-Laylee. In addition, the game will be showcased for the first time at E3 2016 from June 14 to 16 in Los Angeles, California. You can check out the new E3 trailer, along with some new screenshots below. Click on the thumbnails in the gallery to see the full-size images.
Playtonic Games is composed of former Rare members and is determined to bring back the glory days of their former employer with Yooka-Laylee, the crowdfunded spiritual sequel to Banjo-Kazooie. Today Playtonic sent its Kickstarter backers an update on their progress….a small update, but one with enough substantial information. They promise a lot more at E3!