Yooka-Laylee is a spiritual successor to the fondly remembered and still available 3D platformer Banjo-Kazooie series that has not seen a new game since the polarizing Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts. It’s being made by Ex-Rare staff at Playtonic Games and funded through Kickstarter, which has surpassed the £1,000,000 (which is $1,513,850 with today’s exchange rate) mark as we write this. It’s making its way to all home consoles, as well as all PC type devices including Mac and Linux on the same day. It’s playing on nostalgia a lot, which is why at least two of us at CG have backed it already.
It’s going to keep a lot of similarities to the Banjo-Kazooie games, with its Chameleon-Bat duo being the most notable. There is going to be plenty of platforming, collectables to collect, and music from Grant Kirkhope and David Wise, who have already got work in progress tracks that bring strong BK themes. The characters themselves are supposedly going to have moves based on what animals they are, so it’ll be interesting to see what they come up with.
With it having made the one million mark in under 24 hours, it’ll also be interesting to see what stretch goals come forth as the newest two additions will likely soon be reached; especially as one is going to be a DK rap-like track for the end credits by Mr Kirkhope. Check out the Kickstarter video below and if you like it back it here.