Things have been pretty quite from Playtonic’s Banjo-Kazooie successor Yooka-Laylee for almost a year. The incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign, which attracted oer $3.2 million, ended last June, and developer Playtonic Games is now ready to show off more of Yooka-Laylee. Playtonic offered new images and details regarding the Toybox and the collectibles in the game.
The Toybox is a demo that is meant to give Kickstarter backers a taste of some of the platforming that will be seen in the final game. The Toybox features custom built props to play with, loads of secrets to find, lots of collectibles to hunt for, and plenty of moves to try out. Playtonic said, “the scope of the Toybox was originally much smaller; it was going to be a web based single room play thing. It has become a much more significant chunk of playable content.” The Toybox will be available in July for bakers that pledged the $32 tier and up. Playtonic also explained that Quills, one of the games collectible items, will be used to unlock a variety of new moves in any order.
“The buddy duo will purchase and unlock moves from the serpent salesman Trowzer, which they can then choose to do in virtually any order that the player decides. This is just one ways that Yooka-Laylee empowers player choice, in addition to the ability to expand and make larger the worlds you’ve already explored, and unique Tonic gameplay modifiers which can be used to customize your play style. We still have not yet received a specific release date for the game, but Playtonic says, “its getting close.” Playtonic Games is hoping to hit their release window of October 2016, but states “as fans of some of our past work will attest, we’re a group committed to releasing games only when they’re polished, complete, and at the quality level you expect. As soon as we are confident we have hit all of those boxes, we’ll inform our backers directly of when to mark their calendars.”
A number of former Rare staff workers work at Playtonic Games as you can see this game is very much inspired by Banjo-Kazooie with it’s platforming, music, and quirky main character duo.
Playtonic announced that we will be getting much more news about the game in the coming weeks and that Yooka-Laylee will be displayed at E3 as well. Yooka-Laylee is set to be heading to Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Wii U.
Stayed tuned for more information on Yooka-Laylee in the coming weeks. Are you guys excited for this successor to Banjo-Kazooie? What are you guys wanting to see at E3 this year? Let us know in the comments below!!