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.
Do you deserve a Yooka-Laylee 2, given the way you’ve been behaving? Certainly not. Lucky for you Playtonic is slow to anger, and is giving this one more go. The newly announced Yooka-Laylee And The Impossible Lair reworks the lizard and bat’s world a new perspective: 2D action platforming.
In this new platforming adventure hybrid, Yooka and Laylee must combine their abilities to take on a series of challenging and vibrant 2.5D levels and explore and solve puzzles in a beautiful 3D overworld. It’s on them to rescue Queen Phoebee’s Royal Beettalion Guard from each level, as they size up Capital B’s most dastardly challenge yet — the Impossible Lair.
For those who miss exploration, that element will still be there, but in a different form. The overworld of Yooka-Laylee And The Impossible Lair will be much like the first game’s, except in a top-down overhead perspective. Try complaining about the camera NOW, whiners!
Playtonic didn’t reveal an exact release date for this game, but currently it’s planned for release within 2019 on Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, XBox One and PC….and there WILL be a physical version, so there’s no need to stalk the Limited Run website to catch the blink-of-an-eye release (thank heaven).
Watch the trailer for Yooka-Laylee And The Impossible Lair, and try to be a little more grateful this time that colorful worlds filled with cheeky British humor still exist.