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:


  • Brand new pause menu music

  • 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

  • Performance improvements

  • Audio improvements

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.

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Logan Moore is the Managing Editor around these parts and enjoys the video game Super Mario Odyssey.

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