Man, between all the news at E3, the dominating success of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, the bombshell announcement of Shenmue III, and the excitement to play Rare classics through Rare Replay, I had almost forgotten about Playtonic’s excellent looking Yooka-Laylee. The Rare inspired platformer closed out its campaign today, pulling in a grand total of £2,090,104.
That’s $3.25 million for Americans, ranking it at number six on the all time list, just behind Broken Age. No small feat, that’s for sure, but I can’t help but think that better timing would have made it even bigger. Of course, most of these slightly related events happened beyond the control of Playtonic, and the studio isn’t in any way, shape, or form disappointed with the huge success it has seen.
47 days ago we started this Kickstarter campaign – our first Kickstarter – with little idea of what we were letting ourselves in for.
We know how to make games, but we didn’t know much about Kickstarters. We’d taken plenty of advice from plenty of people, but really didn’t know how it would turn out. We were still amending and tweaking the Kickstarter page minutes before we went live, to see what could be added, what would look better, what could be said more clearly.
The rest of course, is history, but through these past 47 days we’ve felt an incredible level of positive support from everyone, whether they opted to back us or not. For that, we are extremely grateful!
What’s next? Well, some sleep (right now), then onwards to create a game that, at the end of 2016, lives up to your expectations, and that in years to come you can look back and be proud to be involved with.
Congratulations, Playtonic. Your game looks wonderful, and I can’t wait to play it. Yooka-Layee will be released on the PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U.