It’s been almost two years since the initial campaign that kicked off the spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie ran, and now Yooka-Laylee has gone gold.

This game has been developed by Playtonic Games, a new company that formed months ahead of the initial Kickstarter campaign. Playtonic is built with all sorts of developers, but a bunch of them come from Rare and even have experience with Banjo-Kazooie.

The fact that we’re getting, basically, a Banjo for the modern era is really special for me.

What does going gold mean?

It’s ready for release. It’s been sent off for retail production. We’ll see it soon.

Not that soon, though. Yooka-Laylee has gone gold pretty far ahead of its release date. The game is due on April 11, 2017, so we’re more than two months from launch. Suddenly, this post is sad.

Normally when we talk about a game going gold, we’re mere weeks away from its launch. Now we’re months. That’s a bummer, I suppose.

On April 11, Yooka-Laylee will sell for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It’s due for the Nintendo Switch, too, but that launch date hasn’t been announced yet.