It’s a little ahead of schedule, but Banjo-Kazooie fans can finally get a closer look at Playtonic’s crowdfunded spiritual successor, Yooka-Laylee.
After a year of development progress in the shadows, Playtonic Games emerged last May to announce their Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee. If the title of their new game wasn’t an obvious nod, Playtonic Games is a new studio featuring talented former Rare developers who previously worked on such classics as the Donkey Kong Country series, Kameo: Elements of Power, and of course the Nintendo 64 Banjo-Kazooie games. Yooka-Laylee is one of Kickstarter’s most successful gaming projects, as the crowdfunding campaign reached its initial funding goal in just 40 minutes; all of the originally planned Stretch Goals were also met within the first 24 hours.
While E3 2016 may not officially begin until this weekend, Playtonic already revealed the new gameplay trailer for Yooka-Laylee. As die-hard Banjo-Kazooie fans would expect, the trailer is a pure homage to the classic “bear-and-bird collect-a-thon” from the 90’s, with the new bat-and-chameleon duo performing all sorts of acrobats and transformations across a lively world reminiscent of Rare’s classics. The new trailer even has time to take comical jabs at modern gaming and the most recent adventure of its spiritual predecessors, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts:
Though it was originally expected to release later this year, Yooka-Laylee has been delayed into Q1 2017 for PC, Xbox One, PS4 amd Wii U.