Playtonic Games recently announced that Yooka-Laylee, the upcoming 3D-platformer-revival adventure, has gone gold and is now fully ready for launch.
The news confirms that the game will release on April 11 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. However, the title’s Switch port, announced shortly after the Wii U version’s cancellation, has not yet been dated. The lack of candour on the Switch version of Yooka-Laylee has been met with hostility from backers who had selected the Wii U as their platform of choice.
In addition to this news, Playtonic updated Yooka-Laylee’s Kickstarter page to announce that backers will soon be able to finalise their platform selection, or upgrade from a digital copy to physical copy for a fee. That choice will be made available as part of the BackerKit survey, set to be released at an undisclosed time in the near future.
Finally the developer announced the addition of a new member to the team, Justin Cook, a veteran designer best known for his work on the Viva Piñata series, suggesting that Playtonic will continue to build on its debut with further attempts to revitalise the 3D platformer genre.
Building on the legacy of the Banjo-Kazooie series, and developed by a number of key personnel from those titles, Yooka-Laylee has been in development for more than two years, and has been the subject of considerable press attention. The game exceeded its Kickstarter funding goal less than an hour after the campaign went live back in 2014, and has continued to build on that success with a strong marketing campaign.
Recently, the game earned a place as one of OnlySP’s most anticipated titles of 2017, and our full preview is available at the link.