Playtonic teased a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie as Project Ukulele a few months back. Now, a day before their Kickstarter goes live, they’ve revealed both the name and dynamic-duo you’ll be in control of. Introducing Yooka-Laylee. Yooka and Laylee were created by veteran Steve Mayles, the man behind Banjo-Kazooie and the recent incarnations of Donkey Kong and company.
Yooka (the Chameleon) and Laylee (the Bat) act very similar to how Banjo and Kazooie did back on the N64, being a tag team with varying abilities. Yooka can use his tongue as a grappling hook of sorts while Laylee can carry Yooka or use a sonar to attack. There seems to be plenty of golden trinkets to collect and places to explore as well.
With several veterans of Rare in it’s prime founding Playtonic, the ascetic and charm of the game will feel right at home for a 3D platformer. It’s also been confirmed that the soundtrack will be composed by both Grant Kirkhope and David Wise, who were responsible for music from games like Banjo-Kazooie or Golden Eye and Donkey Kong Country respectively.
Playtonic have confirmed that the game will release for PC, Wii U, Xbox One and PS4. With the very anemic selection of 3D platformers on the market, Yooka-Laylee looks to recapture the magic of Banjo-Kazooie for a whole new audience.
For more information on Yooka-Laylee, check out Playtonic Games’ website.
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