[Updated] Spiritual Successor to Banjo-Kazooie, Yooka-Laylee Smashes Kickstarter Goal; First Gameplay Footage

Posted May 1, 2015
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Playtonic Games has revealed the first details of its upcoming spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie, which is now titled – Yooka-Laylee. The platformer will be fully revealed tomorrow when the game’s Kickstarter goes live. backers will be able to get a copy for $15/ £10. Yooka-Laylee will be released first on the PC, with console versions for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U also in the works,

Yooka-Laylee (previously ‘Project Ukulele’) is an all-new 3D platformer from the creative talent behind the Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country games. Coming together to form Playtonic Games and create a spiritual successor to their most cherished work from the past!

The new heroes, Yooka (the green one) and Laylee (the wisecracking bat with big nose) were conceptualised from the ground up for stellar platforming gameplay, created by the same character artist behind the rebooted Donkey Kong family and legendary N64 heroes Banjo and Kazooie.

“The first thing that struck us about Yooka-Laylee is how much it feels like a classic Rare title… it’s abundantly clear that the magic is still present – it’s just shifted to another part of the English Midlands.” Nintendo Life

“When Tim Stamper kicked off development on Banjo-Kazooie he told his team that he wanted players to be able to come back to this game in 20 years and still find it fresh and beautiful. They pretty much achieved his ambition. Now it’s time to do it again some place else.” The Guardian

Yooka-Laylee certainly looks quite interesting and it would be quite nice to have this kind of game and loveable characters make a return. Many gamers today miss this type of enjoyable fun gameplay, and the cute little “mascot” characters of old are a welcome break from the violent and realistic nature of video games today.

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Just take a look at these loveable critters:

As well as a first look at an in-engine minion from Yooka-Laylee:

If funded, Yooka-Laylee will be released on Windows, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U. The exact timing of each version is contingent upon the success of the Kickstarter campaign and its stretch goals.

You can watch the first gameplay footage of Yooka-Laylee below, as well as an interview with the developers, and some hands on impressions.

We will bring you any more news regarding Yooka-Laylee as soon as it becomes available.

You can support Yooka-Laylee on Kickstarter here.

Yooka-Laylee is an all-new 3D platformer from the creative talent behind the Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country games. We’ve come together to form Playtonic Games and create a spiritual successor to our most cherished work from the past!

Our new heroes, Yooka (the green bloke with no pants) and Laylee (the wisecracking lady-bat with the big nose) were conceptualised from the ground up for stellar platforming gameplay, created by the same character artist behind the rebooted Donkey Kong family and legendary N64 heroes Banjo and Kazooie.

Using an arsenal of special moves like Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s tactical sonar blast, players will explore – and expand – gorgeous 3D worlds drawn up by esteemed environment artist Steven Hurst (Banjo-Kazooie series, Viva Pinata) and through skill discover the plethora of delicious collectibles hidden within.

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