Published on May 4th, 2015 | by Patrick Doyle0
Yooka-Laylee Soars Past Kickstarter Funding Goal And Keeps Going
Yooka-Laylee is a new platformer in development at Playtonic Games, a studio set up by ex-Rare Studios employees who were also the team behind the Banjo-Kazooie series. In the same vein as Banjo-Kazooie, this new game is a cartoony buddy platform adventure with the player controlling two characters at once; a small bat character, Laylee, riding around on the back of bigger chameleon character, Yooka.
Playtonic writes: “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.”
Yooka and Laylee can use a variety of special moves, such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s tactical sonar blast as they navigate the 3D worlds, find collectibles and take on various enemies. Laylee can also carry Yooka as he flies through levels.
Yooka-Laylee’s Kickstarter campaign reached its funding goal of £175,000 within the its first 40 minutes and has since soared past the one million pounds mark. Pledges currently stand at over £1,300,000 with 43 days left in the campaign.
Having also reached the various stages of its Kickstarter stretch goals, the developers will hope to include additional features – such as a local co-op mode, a local 2-4 player versus multiplayer mode, plus developer walk-through and commentary.
Playtonic Games is aiming for a release date of around October 2016 on PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U.