By Louis Polite / April 30th, 2015
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 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.