Yooka-Laylee's First Big Update Arrives Later this Month, Switch Version Teased
In a new post on the Playtonic Games website, the Yooka-Laylee developer details what will be coming in the platformer's first large post-release update.
Recently, developer Playtonic Games provided a new update as to when fans can expect to see the first big post-release update for its 2017 platformer Yooka-Laylee. In a new post on the Playtonic website, it was revealed that this update will begin rolling out later this month first on PC and later on consoles.
This patch which will provide a litany of changes ranging from new music that plays during the pause menu, to the ability to skip dialogue faster. Also included are a handful of gameplay tweaks that should provide players with more control during the mine cart and arcade sections of Yooka-Laylee.
You can find the full patch notes for what Playtonic is calling the “Spit ‘n’ Polish” update below:
THE YOOKA-LAYLEE SPIT ‘N’ POLISH UPDATE
New optional camera mode with minimal assist
Pagies have added signposts to Hivory Towers to help guide players to new worlds
Design tweaks to all arcade games
Speed improvement to scrolling through Totals Menu
New option for shorter ‘gibberish’ voice sound FX
New speech volume option
New ability to speed through dialogue by holding Y
Cut-scenes can now be skipped with Y
New moves section added to pause menu, with image guide
Camera design improvements throughout game (less scripted cameras, door cams now appear behind player etc)
Restart option added in the pause menu during arcade games and Kartos challenges
‘Sonar-able’ objects now have more clear visual identity
Laser move no longer requires player to crouch
Minecart control improvements and new visual effects
Transformation control improvements
Improved first-person aiming controls
New first-person aiming control options added
Improved flying controls
When transformed, collecting butterflies now restores energy
Hunter tonic now tracks the last 30 Quills and Casino Tokens, in addition to the Health and Power Extenders. It will also whistle at the location of the closest rare collectable.
Health UI is now always visible when low
Design tweaks in various areas (Black Hole in One, Gloomy Gem Grotto etc)
New icons added for keyboard/mouse controls
Improved Rampo boss fight
Added PC Display Settings to the in-game pause menu
In addition to these patch notes, Playtonic gave fans a quick tease of the highly anticipated Switch version of Yooka-Laylee. A new image of the game running on the handheld screen of the Switch was revealed and can be found at the bottom of this article. Playtonic said that as soon as they finish rolling out this next update, they will then begin testing the Switch-specific version of the game. As long as everything goes according to plan, Playtonic claims they would like to provide a release date for this version of Yooka-Laylee soon. Also worth mentioning is that the “Spit ‘n’ Polish” update will be included on day one for the Switch version of the game.
As the person who reviewed Yooka-Laylee here at DualShockers (which you can find here), I am incredibly happy with the changes that are being made. I haven’t played the game since release, but this update makes me want to jump back in and try to find all the collectibles I’m still missing. As soon as we know more about the Switch version’s release date, we’ll let you know.