Last week Playtonic Games announced more details about their Kickstarter funded adventure-platformer, Yooka-Laylee. Yooka-Laylee focuses on the adventures of the titular lizard and bat as they try to collect pages from a magical book to stop the evil head of a corporation.
There were some new screenshots released, which are featured below, and other new details. For some gamers, this might not be a big deal. I am not one of those people.
I spent a good chunk of my adolescence running through games like Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong 64. The games that I gravitated toward most were these action platformers with way too many things to collect in them.
So, you can imagine the excitement that ripped through me when some members of the old Rare Studios team that developed Banjo decided to make a new game in the same vein. I know that I’m not alone in my love for the rarely used genre because Playtonic had 80,000 fans help fund the project a year ago.
These collect-a-thon platformers are bound to so many twentysomethings’ memories of that N64 era of gaming. I’m more than ready to play another game like this one. Recently, the Super Beard Bros completed a playthrough of Banjo on their YouTube channel. It's amazing how much of the game I remembered from my childhood.
I started humming Grant Kirkhope's classic music for Rusty Bucket Bay, Bubblegoop Swamp, and Gobi’s Valley almost instantly. When Jirard raced Boggy the Bear in Freezeezy Peak, I literally yelled at my T.V. to, “Beat that cheating bear!” The entire series was hilarious and their humor and useless trivia about these games is enjoyable.
Yooka-Laylee looks like it is going to scratch that specific itch for a lot of those Banjo fans. The wait to get into Yooka-Laylee’s gameplay won’t be long for fans that backed the game on Kickstarter. A Toybox mode is on the way in July.
“As promised in our Kickstarter campaign, the Toybox isn’t a traditional ‘demo’, but a self-contained, spoiler-free sandbox designed to give Yooka-Laylee backers a taste of the platforming to come in the final game.There are plenty moves to try, custom-built props to play with, secrets to discover and yes, shiny collectibles to hunt out.” -Playtonic Games
Fans will have to wait for more information to drift in as the weeks pass and look forward to media preview to come in the next months. The countdown to being able to adventure with the Lizard and the Bat is officially on. Until then, watch this interview with Playtronic from PlayStation Access: