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Published on June 7th, 2016 | by octaneblue

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Yooka-Laylee Delayed to Q1 2017… But There’s a Gameplay Trailer, and It’s Awesome!

Over a year ago, Playtonic Games announced Yooka-Laylee, a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie, games that members of the development team worked on during their time at Rare. A Kickstarter campaign ensued, and it was nothing short of a massive success. The initial goal of the Kickstarter was around $255,000 USD, but ended with nearly $3 million USD! It’s quite clear that fans are all for a new 3D platformer from ex-Rare developers, even if the bear and the bird aren’t going to be around this time. I personally donated around $47 USD to the project; I’m just very excited at the prospect of a brand-new 3D platformer from a very talented team!

Development is currently underway on Yooka-Laylee. Following the Kickstarter campaign, a launch of the game in October 2016 was planned. However, Playtonic Games announced yesterday that the game has been pushed back to Q1 2017, citing more time needed for extra polish. To make up for the delay, Playtonic Games released the first gameplay trailer for Yooka-Laylee, and it looks great! Check out the trailer below!

As you can see, the game is truly the spiritual successor to the first two Banjo-Kazooie games, with gameplay elements synonymous with those games making a return, such as platforming, collecting, transformations, vast worlds to explore, unique moves for the two heroes, and, perhaps most important of all, lots of humor and charm. There’s even a mine cart section that looks straight out of another Rare title, Donkey Kong Country! The only nitpick I have with the trailer is that the framerate looks a bit inconsistent – you can really tell when Yooka and Laylee are soaring through the air as the game’s logo pops up. But stuff like that is what the extra development time is for right?

In an interview with MCV UK, Playtonic Games also revealed that they are personally handling the development of the Wii U and PC versions of the game. Team17, known for their work on the Worms series, is working on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions. The Kickstarter-exclusive “Toybox” demo is still set to launch sometime next month; more news about that will be announced soon.

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Needless to say, I’m very much looking forward to playing this game! The traditional 3D platformer is actually a bit of a rarity nowadays, especially one with as much personality and charm as Yooka-Laylee. I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m actually fine with the delay, because I’d rather have a game that’s very playable right off the bat, rather than one that needs some patches and updates to fix mistakes that weren’t caught due to rushed development.

Are you interested in Yooka-Laylee? Let us know your thoughts on the game in the comments section below!

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