Yooka-Laylee Out Today on PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, and Xbox One; Launch Trailer Released

Yooka-Laylee Out Today on PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, and Xbox One; Launch Trailer Released

From a critical stand-point, one of the most divisive games of the year launches today: publisher Team17 and developer Playtonic Games’ spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie, Yooka-Laylee.

For those that don’t know: Playtonic Games is composed of several former key personnel from Rare during the Nintendo 64 era, and Yooka-Laylee is a revival of the 3D platformers from that era of games, especially the Rare-developed games like Banjo-Kazooie. The game first appeared on Kickstarter  — where it is still one the biggest successes on the crowdfunding platform — back in May of 2015. Here’s an overview of  it via Playtonic:

Yooka-Laylee is an all-new open-world platformer from genre veterans Playtonic!

Explore huge, beautiful worlds, meet (and beat) an unforgettable cast of characters and horde a vault-load of shiny collectibles as buddy-duo Yooka (the green one) and Laylee (the wisecracking bat with the big nose) embark on an epic adventure to thwart corporate creep Capital B and his devious scheme to absorb all the world’s books… and convert them into pure profit!

Using their arsenal of special moves, our heroes will tackle a huge variety of puzzles and platforming challenges in their search for Pagies, the golden bounty used to unlock — and expand — stunning new worlds, each jammed to the gills with oddball characters, hulking bosses, minecart challenges, arcade games, quiz shows, multiplayer games… and much more!

Key Features

INTRODUCING OUR NEW BUDDY DUO: Yooka and Laylee boast an awesome arsenal of abilities built for platforming fun and unlocked with added freedom from the serpent salesman Trowzer.

CARVE YOUR OWN PATH: Purchase and unlock moves with freedom, choose to expand your favourite worlds into even larger, more complex playgrounds and equip unique Tonic gameplay modifiers to customise your play style. Every player will have a unique experience.

A COLLECT-EM-UP FOR THE MODERN ERA: Seek out a roster of shiny collectibles with gameplay progression at their core (as well as other, more valuable materials), such as the dual action Butterfly Energy or tricky Ghost Writers!

A CAST TO LAST: Meet (or beat) a huge cast of memorable characters brought to life by the art and audio teams behind legendary platform games, and destined to endure in future adventures as part of Playtonic Universe. Expect all manner of grunts, squeaks and squawks.

A DREAM SOUNDTRACK: David Wise (Donkey Kong Country) and Grant Kirkhope (Banjo-Kazooie) combine for a melodic masterpiece! Seriously, clean out your ears – they’re in for a treat.

BUDDY UP: Establish your own buddy-duo and adventure through Yooka-Laylee in co-op mode! Taking control of a unique co-op character, a second player can assist Yooka and Laylee by stunning enemies and helping them tackle tricky challenges. No piggyback required.

AND A WHOLE LOT MORE: Discover unique boss fights, mine cart challenges, retro-tastic Arcade games, quiz shows and 8 unique multiplayer games!
Yooka-Laylee is available for $39.99 USD. The game is also in development for Nintendo Switch (a release date for this version hasn’t been divulged). Below, you can check out the launch trailer, and if you want you can also check out our review where we awarded the old-school platformer a 7.5 out of 10.