Yooka-Laylee Gets April Launch, Wii U Version Cancelled (VIDEO)

Yooka-Laylee is supposed to be the spiritual successor to games like Banjo-Kazooie, will launch on 11th April 2017, and is being developed by Platonic Games with Banjo-Kazooie designers Steve Mayles, Steven Hurst, Chris Sutherland, and Grant Kirkhope. This has the potential to be a wonderful game and many people are excited for this, and have been since being announced as a Kickstarter on 1st May 2015 – reaching £175,000 in 30 minutes, and £1,000,000 in under 24 hours.

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The game was slated to be released on multiple platforms, including Linux, Windows, OS X, PS4, Xbox One, and of course the Wii U. However, since the announcement of the Nintendo Switch, the studio has since cancelled the Wii U version. This isn’t much of a surprise, and has already happened with a few upcoming titles, including the console release for Stardew Valley. Those who donated to the Yooka-Laylee kickstarter looking for the Wii-U version will new have the option of choosing a new platform, or waiting for the Nintendo Switch to be released. Playtonic games has released a FAQ for the Yooka-Laylee kickstarter for those with concerns

The Playtonic team wanted to explore every possible avenue before making the very difficult decision to transfer development from the Wii U. Our developers worked tirelessly over many months in attempt to solve our technical issues, but unfortunately it’s not been possible to bring Yooka-Laylee to Wii U as originally planned.

Playtonic also announced a pre-order incentive for PS4, XBox One and Windows PC versions of Yooka-Laylee, offering what they call a “Toybox” which is essentially a spoiler-free sandbox mode – this will open up a whole new fun and exciting way to play the game, allowing people to do so much more than just the main story. Some people are already excited about the possibilities this could bring – including designing “new levels” for friends to play around on, as well as the modding community possibly having something to play around with from the very start.

All in all, this is pretty exciting, and many people are eager to see what this brings – hopefully many memories of their favourite 3D Platformers. What do you think of Yooka-Laylee? Are you going to buy it? Did you back it? What was your all time favourite 3d Platformer? Comment below and let us know your thoughts.

Scott Ace50 Posts

Scott (AKA Ace) is an Australian gamer, who enjoys nothing more than taming dinosaurs, piloting 'mechs, building things, and shooting people who deserve it online. A very typical nerdy geek who is currently looking to spread that love with others.

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