Kickstarter backed Yooka-Laylee is shaping up the be everything that fans and ancient Rare diehards are hoping it would be. On the eve of E3 2016, Playtonic Studios has pulled back the curtain on its upcoming platformer hit, detailing the story and demo that will arrive this summer.
Being developed by former Rare developers, Yooka-Laylee will naturally bring a bit of the classic storytelling and collectathon ideas that were jammed packed in the Nintendo 64 era games. Playtonic is hoping to establish the protagonist duo as mainstays of the gaming world.
Yooka and Laylee’s adventure will take them deep inside the work halls of a baneful business, as the buddy-duo seek out the magical Pagies required to explore the mysterious Grand Tomes. The dexterous pair will seek to unlock the ancient secrets of these bewitching books, as they battle to thwart corporate creep Capital B and his devious scheme to absorb all of the world’s literature… and convert them into pure profit.
Our ambition with Yooka-Laylee is to create a story and cast of characters that will live on as part of future Playtonic Games, so you can be sure there will be plenty of secrets, back stories and punch lines to discover when you join the Lizard and Bat on their epic adventure.
As for the demo, Playtonic states that it will not be a typical “demo” in a sense that it drops players into the first level of the game. Instead, it will be taking a spoiler-free “Toybox” route, which will let players play around with the mechanics and get used to the physics before the actual game comes out.
And yes, the demo will still feature collectibles, giving reason for players to return.
Playtonic wouldn’t commit to a final release date for the game, but it did say that it would only release the game when it was polished and ready.
One thing we’re not quite ready to reveal yet is the game’s final, day-and-date release plan, but we’re getting close. The Playtonic team is working towards the same release window penned last year, but as fans of some of our past work will attest, we’re a group committed to releasing games only when they’re polished, complete and at the quality level you expect. As soon as we’re confident we’ve ticked all of those boxes, we’ll inform our backers directly of when to mark their calendars.
Yooka-Laylee will be released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, and PC. It holds a tentative date of Oct. 2016, but that could very well change after Playtonic’s tone today.