Project Ukelele Revealed As Yooka-Laylee, Wii U Version Confirmed By Playtonic

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

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Playtonic’s Project Ukelele has been under wraps for months as a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie. Playtonic Games has the pedigree of having an respectable amount of ex-Rare developers. We wait no more as the game has been revealed to be Yooka-Laylee. Get it!? It sounds like Ukelele? There’s a chameleon named Yooka and then a bat named Laylee? Isn’t it funny and adorable? Ahahaha…ha. Come on, it’s cute. The pun is funny, laugh! Anyways, under this announcement, the games protagonists (which were previously stated) have been named. Artwork and videos have also been revealed and for the whole “scoop” (to steal Playtonic’s humor), you can see the confirmation by IGN or Playtonic’s website.

Yooka-Laylee Artwork

These are your new 3D Platforming collect-a-thon heroes.

Yooka-Laylee was confirmed for a number of platforms (unspecified) which included the PC and it was under question if the developers who once worked for Nintendo were going to develop it for the Wii U. Playtonic confirms the Wii U version will be part of the stretch goals of the kickstarter (that launches tomorrow as of this post) as will be the Playstation 4 and Xbox One versions. This are also apparently digital versions on the eShop, PSN and XBLA. No word on the PC version digital outlet. All backers will be able to pick up their copies for £10/$15. Playtonic also has plans to include things such as soundtracks, artbooks and a special 64-bit version to throwback to the Nintendo 64 days of gaming (most likely pandered to Banjo-Kazooie itself). That’s a major plus for old school 3D platforming die-hards or anyone who’s missed the Nintendo 64 art style in general.

Yooka-Laylee is Playtonic’s answer to Microsoft Studios owning the rights to the Banjo-Kazooie series as well as a bunch of other IP’s they do not have access to. For more updates on Yooka-Laylee, stay tuned at oprainfall.

Is anyone excited to play Yooka-Laylee? I know I am. Please excuse me while I go cry in a corner in happiness at this long-time coming event. You can use the comment box in the meantime to shout out your opinions and thoughts.

About Louis Polite

Louis is a youthful but old-school gamer from New Jersey who is partially of Japanese descent and he's totally frilly! He's been gaming for practically as long as he's been alive with a early-on fascination for Kid Icarus, with his other favorite franchises being Klonoa, the Tales series, Sonic The Hedgehog, Final Fantasy, Castlevania and Ninja Gaiden. He's a total hipster for Nintendo as well appreciating cult classics like Earthbound and Eternal Darkness. His favorite genre is JRPGs, which is an obvious inspiration why he joined the campaign of Operation Rainfall at it's launch. He's a gamer who demands quality and charm out of his games because if he doesn't get it he will let it be known.

  • Andrew

    Nice to see a 3D Platformer coming to WiiU, we’ve gotten plenty of 2D ones. Many have been fun ,but nice to see a bit of a change.

  • PanurgeJr

    Well there goes my support. I’m not pledging for a game I can’t play, so won’t pledge until the stretch for Wii U is hit…but by that time the game is guaranteed to come so I can just wait until it’s released and buy it.

    • Jahu

      But if you DO back it, the Wii U version is that much more likely!

    • PanurgeJr

      It seems that wherever I read “Wii U is a stretch goal” neglected to point out that the version was guaranteed and that the stretch was simply to get the game out at launch, rather than launching on PC et. al. and then porting to console later. What I’d intended to say, and may have had I not taken the wrong tone, was simply a lamentation that contributing to a kickstarter that has already been funded turns into little more than a glorified preorder. Which I’ve done; sometimes for the goodies, and sometimes because I liked what a studio was doing and wanted to get them the money when they could still spend it on development. I may do that here, but maybe not, because consumers have to withhold some preorders to keep the industry honest, lest you get games launching that look like untested betas. Like just about every AAA title last year.

      Of course, this is moot. They’ve probably raised £50,000 while I’ve typed this. They hit their initial goal in 40 minutes. They’re going to hit every stretch they want. And hopefully an awesome game will result.

  • Cameron Ward

    I ma breathing heavily awaiting to back this game AND to write about it for my site

  • TCgamerboy2002

    Definitely backing these bad boys up!

  • Josh S.

    Well, I know what my next Kickstarter I back is gonna be 😀

  • Nope

    I have no faith in these developers, remember Banjo and Kazooie Nuts and Bolts?

    • Cameron Ward

      they left way before that….learn to do some research