Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee soars past Kickstarter goals
The Kickstarter for Yooka-Laylee, a spiritual successor to the original Banjo-Kazooie 3D platformers, met its $270,000 goal in just 40 minutes last Friday, May 1. Now, only three days later, it sits at over $2 million.
Yooka-Laylee will feature large worlds to explore using a variety of special moves and abilities to collect numerous goodies and fight bosses. Yooka is a chameleon with a long tongue to grapple with, and Laylee is a bat with a sonar blast. Laylee can flap his wings to add a bit of distance to Yooka’s jump, just like Kazooie did for Banjo back in the day. With additional stretch goals now met, Playtonic also plans to add a quiz show level, mine cart levels, transformations and multiplayer modes. Clearly, Playtonic is sticking to as many elements from the classic games as possible.
The developers at Playtonic Games are former Rare employees who left a few months ago to start this project. Many of them worked on Banjo-Kazooie and other classics like Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong 64 and Rare’s more recent Xbox games like Viva Pi?ata and Jetpac: Refueled. They have also gotten David Wise and Grant Kirkhope, the original composers of the Banjo-Kazooie games, to compose an all-new soundtrack for Yooka-Laylee.
Yooka-Laylee is planned to release on Xbox One in October 2016. Backers who pledge at least £15 (about $23 USD) will receive a version of the game on console when it releases, with additional goodies if you pledge more. Check out their Kickstarter for all of the details.
Full disclosure: the author of this article is a backer of Yooka-Laylee.