Banjo-Kazooie. I miss it. A lot of us miss it. The good news? Of course, some of the old developers from Rare started their own studio and set to work making a spiritual successor to Banjo.
Enter Yooka-Laylee. Our own Brandon Russell went hands-on with the effort at the PlayStation Experience this past weekend. You can read his write-up right here.
The folks at PlayStation Access also had a shot at the game, and they recorded and commentated over 15 minutes of footage. You’ll find that at the head of this post.
Yooka-Laylee looks like the glorious 3D action I grew up with
3D platformers were huge during my formative gaming years. Thanks to the Nintendo 64 and the likes of Super Mario 64, developers everywhere started trying their hand at the genre. Sure, some games were really repetitive stinkers, but that movement birthed the classic Banjo franchise.
It’s so incredibly good, and no other game since has really been able to nail the mix of adventure, strong platforming and fun collecting that Banjo pulled off.
I’m hoping Yooka-Laylee can do it. The game will release for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U and PC platforms in March 2017. It might even head to the Nintendo Switch, though that’s not been confirmed yet.