Yooka-Laylee: Pulling the Heartstrings of 90s Gamers
It is not uncommon these days to see our favorite games from the past return in the form of something entirely new! When big publishers deny their developers the opportunity to create the games they want, we end up with indies. We end up with games like Yooka-Laylee.
We live in an amazing time for gamers. Developers left and right are leaving their conventional studios backed by big publishers in favor of smaller, indie teams. Thanks to crowdfunding, it is easier than ever to make games like Yooka-Laylee a reality.
For years, fans of the Banjo-Kazooie series had been patiently awaiting a faithful return, but it seemed as though that would never come. Of course there was 2008's Banjo-Kazooie Nuts and Bolts, but the departure from traditional gameplay left much to be desired. Then along came Playtonic Games, an avengers team of Ex-Rare developers that set out to do something amazing, bring back the game fans have been waiting for.
With Microsoft owning Rare and their IP, there was never a chance Platonic could create a Banjo-Kazooie title, but that hasn't stoped them from making the game that players have been longing for. So far, Yooka-Laylee looks like everything that players expect to see in a proper Banjo-Kazooie. Everything from the art style, to the gameplay mechanics, to the charming British humor that the characters possess.
Today, Playtonic released the first gameplay trailer, and to be honest, I could not be more pleased. The trailer shows everything I need to see to know that this is a game for me. Below is the video, watch it for yourself!
Along with the tailer, Playtonic has confirmed that the game has been delayed until Q1 2017.
"We've made the difficult decision to lock the release of Yooka-Laylee to Q1 2017. While we felt confident we could ship the game in October as originally planned, the team has decided that it would like to add a few extra months' polish to our schedule."
Perhaps this is good for the game though, because this Fall's release schedule is quite crowded and after all, delaying a game is a good thing. The more time they have to work on it, the better it will be, presumably.
For those who backed the Kickstarter for Yooka-Laylee, look forward to a playable demo this July. Titled "The Toy Box", this spoiler free demo will give players a taste of how the game will feel when it is released.
In the meantime, stay tuned for any further news about the game.