If you like cute video game mascots named after tiny guitars, you’re in luck. Members of the creative team behind Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong have a new game on the way. Previously known as Project Ukelele, the game has been formally titled Yooka-Laylee, announced officially via IGN. The team has also launched Kickstarter for the game, meeting their $270,000 goal almost immediately.
Yooka is the chameleon, and Laylee is the bat. The pair can traverse platforms through a combination of flight provided by Laylee and grappling using Yooka’s lizard tongue. The pair was designed by Steve Mayles, who designed the aforementioned Banjo and Kazooie as well as the modern incarnation of the Donkey Kong family while at Rare.
Yooka-Laylee is being developed by Playtonic Games, a studio formed by veterans of British developer Rare. The team is a few months into development and launched a Kickstarter to help fund the game. Their goal, roughly $270,000 U.S., was surpassed almost immediately. They’ve already met their first two stretch goals as well, adding on some extra music and a new boss. With 46 days left on the kickstarter, it’s not hard to imagine them reaching their goal. The background with Rare and the Banjo-Kazooie pedigree still seem to mean a lot in gaming.
The game will release for Mac, Linux, and Windows and will eventually head to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U, pending the level of success of the Kickstarter.