Going Gold

Can you fathom that in just over two months Yooka-Laylee will be released? And as our proverbial tank treads take us thundering us towards d-day, our ranks grow ever larger…


Too Many Cooks

Hot on the heels of recent arrivals Andy Wilson (producer) and Gary Richards (designer), please welcome Viva Pinata designer Justin Cook to the Playtonic team!

Here’s his RPG backstory:

The official Joiner’s Bush clearly suffering in the British Winter.

Like all most initiates, Justin had to prove himself in the QA trenches before he could scrap alongside the battle-hardened level scribblers we call ‘designers’.

Cook worked in testing on games such as Perfect Dark, Banjo-Tooie and Conker’s Bad Fur Day before joining a tiny team in 2003 to prototype what eventually became Viva Piñata – and ending up as the series’ lead designer. His design credits also include It’s Mr. Pants, the Kinect Sports series and more.

Harassed for a few nice words over Skype, Justin eventually conceded: “I came to Playtonic because I like working ‘hands on’ with a game as part of a small team of experts. Joining Playtonic now, feels like a chance to ‘be-there’ at the start of something special.”

Welcome, JC. We’re sure we’ll all get on fine.

 

 


Yooka’s Awaylee

More good news! Almost two years since Playtonic announced itself to the world – and 21 months since our Kickstarter campaign – we’re absolutely delighted to announced that Yooka-Laylee has gone gold!

Always believe in your soul, etc

 

We couldn’t have reached this moment without the incredible support of our backers, fans, family and friends across the games industry. Thanks again for your unwavering enthusiasm for our studio. We hope you enjoy Yooka-Laylee when it releases on April 11!


Kickstarter Backers: Important Update

Today we have published a very important update on how Yooka-Laylee console Kickstarter backers will soon be able to prepare their final platform choices, ahead of the game’s April 11 release.

Head over to Kickstarter for the full information breakdown.

Your Comments

  • RmanX1000

    At the risk of the comments becoming a nightmare, what platforms will be included at launch?

  • Now that you’ve finished the game, you can now start porting it the Switch!

    …Right?

    • Señor Cardgage

      Maybe read the Kickstarter update like they said?

      “Very soon we will unlock BackerKit surveys and allow you to make final adjustments to your game platform including Nintendo Switch, plus the opportunity to upgrade to a physical version for PS4 and XB1.”

      • I did. It seems like the digital Switch port ‘could’ be ready on time for release. However, a physical version for Switch isn’t confirmed yet.

        • Rogerio de Andrade

          Not a big problem. If it´s available at the Eshop Switch owners will be just fine.

          • Yeah. Just remember to get more storage for your system! (32 gb won’t out for long!)

        • Funtime Happysnacks

          The main gimmick of the Nintendo Switch, which is more on the development side than marketing, is that the Switch can be ported to extremely easily. Even with the new Zelda, Aonuma said porting was a lot easier than he expected. That’s why some third parties are showing support and testing the waters. But in general, code for other consoles runs very smoothly on Switch, so a port is basically a matter of dumping their Wii U build into Switch, changing some stuff, and then dumping that onto a switch cartridge.

          • I do remember reading that the Switch was easy to port to. I guess Yooka Laylee will be the first game to prove that.

          • Carlos Silex

            Nintendofans paid this game for Wii U. Results: Launch in PS4 and Xbox One… This have a name: Fraud.

          • Daniel Ledda

            Mate this isn’t a fraud. When you backed you agreed that the project may have risks. They don’t have to refund you. They are agreeing to refund you or allow you to switch platforms. That is more than what you are entitled to.

          • John Smith

            No. They paid for a Wii U version. Shit happened, you can either whine about it or decide what to do next.

          • Funtime Happysnacks

            Nintendo fans are gonna buy a Switch either way so what difference does it make, bud?

      • Carlos Silex

        Nintendofans paid this game for Wii U. Results: Launch in PS4 and Xbox One… This have a name: Fraud

        • Progniss

          Actually, they’re offering a full refund to Wii U backers, or the option of switching to PS4, XBox One, PC, or Switch. Not fraud.

          fraud
          noun

          wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain.
          “he was convicted of fraud”
          synonyms: fraudulence, cheating, swindling, embezzlement, deceit, deception, double-dealing, chicanery, sharp practice

          a person or thing intended to deceive others, typically by unjustifiably claiming or being credited with accomplishments or qualities.
          “mediums exposed as tricksters and frauds”

        • Señor Cardgage

          I’m a Nintendo fan who backed this game for Wii U. But to think that you “paid” for it by funding it on Kickstarter is inaccurate. You pledged money towards a goal. The goal of launching on Wii U was unachievable, unfortunately. They tried for a long time to make it happen, and the game they want to release simply will not run smoothly on Wii U. Would you rather have a neutered version of Yooka-Laylee just so you can play it on Wii U? I love my Wii U, but as a Nintendo fan, I’m absolutely going to get a Switch.

          So why would I not want a superior version of the game on a superior console I’m going to buy anyway?

    • Carlos Silex

      You bastard, launch the Wii U edition, I paid the fucking Kickstarted for the Wii U edition

      • Sam Malone

        Its not coiming because of hardware limitations.

        • carta_IGNica

          Ma va cagare mongoloide defficiente!
          For Wii U there are just two very little games:
          Xenoblade Chronicles X
          Breath of the Wild

          • Both Xenoblade X and BoTW had massive delays and bigger budgets. It’s perfectly understandable why Playtonic did what they did.

          • carta_IGNica

            Sei una testa di cazzo!

        • The Wii U can easily handle Yooka-Laylee. The Switch isn’t much more powerful than the Wii U.

          They don’t want to release it to the Wii U because it’s easier to port it on the Switch. Lazy bastards.

      • As much as I would like a Wii U version, they won’t be giving us one. So we’ll have to make do with what Playtonic will deliver.

        • Carlos Silex

          Nintendofans paid this game for Wii U edition, Results: Launch in PS4 and Xbox One… This have a name: Fraud.

          • You can always get a refund if you backed the game.

      • Progniss

        You’re such a troll.

  • Alan Garcia

    This is the only game that shares my attention with the new Zelda. I hope it comes at the launch of Switch, so I can change my Backer status soon!

    • 小学生

      can you read? they said april 11th, do you know april 11th is not march 3rd?

      • zeldagaymer93

        The launch of a system does not mean just launch day. I think he meant he hopes it comes out April 11 like the other platforms, which is still launch window of Switch. Chill.

      • Alan Garcia

        You’re a fucking bad-tempered. Zeldagaymer93 was right, I mean the launch with other versions.

        • Jonathan Véricain

          Here is what you said : “I hope it comes at the launch of Switch…”

          • Sydney Franklin

            Your reading comprehension has improved a lot Jonathan. But you have to make sure you keep your attendance up in class. B+. – Mrs Jones

      • Wombat

        No need to be a total prick.

  • Seaphron

    Was hoping to see that Switch update here. Maybe something later today? January is almost over.

    • Sergiomonty

      Go to their Kickstarter page, they confirmed that you can change your Wii U version to a Switch version.

  • zeldagaymer93

    Will Switch digital be available April 11 along with the others? This is important info to have because I don’t know if I should change preorder to PS4 or Switch. 2 months out guys, please be transparent with your backers that have already had their patience tested for awhile.

    • Seaphron

      They said we should know what is going on with Switch by end of January. So at latest tomorrow. I’m in the same boat.

    • Conjo

      They’re probably working hard on it but have no ETA. They’ll probably give an estimated Switch release date when the survey is unlocked

    • SolidSonicTH

      No, the Switch version isn’t releasing with the others.

      • zeldagaymer93

        Source? Or your own thoughts? Im also going to guess that this isn’t releasing then due to the secrecy but they have to tell us soon. Just rip that band aid off.

        • SolidSonicTH

          http://www.playtonicgames.com/yooka-laylee-reptile-rolls-towards-release/

          “We’d like to apologise to those affected by this development and offer
          all Wii U backers the opportunity to move their pledge free-of-charge to
          any of the versions launching on April 11th (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac or Linux) or upgrade to the Nintendo Switch version when we announce further details in 2017.”

          • zeldagaymer93

            That still is not 100 percent confirmation of it missing April 11. It definitely points to that but we just want a solid confirmation of Switch release day or window. (Even an estimated quarter would do).

          • SolidSonicTH

            Well so do I. I’ve been banging on their door for more info about the Switch release.

          • zeldagaymer93

            The sooner they get the info out (even if it’s bad info) the better. Currently every bit of news is overshadowed by “when is Switch version coming?” as it should be.

    • Funtime Happysnacks

      Get a PS4. I’m not a salesman, I just think there is genuinely more value in it as a games console, over Switch which looks like a practical joke made several months too early. A Wii U is $200 refurbished straight from Nintendo and Breath of The Wild is identical on both platforms. (wii u has tons of games and Switch has like 2 in the next year’s forecast)

      The Switch console comes with no pack-in btw. 1-2 Switch, basically their new Wii Sports, is a $50 (FIFTY) dollar standalone.

      • zeldagaymer93

        I own a PS4. But if I can get this on a Nintendo platform which I can also play anywhere then I would prefer that version if it releases same day. I already have my Switch pre ordered and know a lot of about Switch but thanks for trying to talk to me out of it.

        • Funtime Happysnacks

          Don’t worry, I’m sure they’ll eventually try to port it to 3DS, like with Mario Maker, Hyrule Warriors, Woolly World, and Smash Bros

      • Flintinator

        2 games? There’s more than 80 in production. 7 games are on the system on launch day (which is not great, but that alone is more than 2). Can you please not use hyperboles like that? It causes misinformation.

        And yeah, I’ll agree that 1-2 Switch is not a good deal.

        • Funtime Happysnacks

          It has 5 launch titles I am aware of, and that’s counting 1-2 Switch, which is not a real video game. There’s a guy already selling that cowboy minigame for VR on steam right now, he made it in like 5 seconds.

          Also you’re counting Skylanders crap, Just Dance, and some indie games maybe? Zelda is also available on Wii U, and that’s their launch day killer app for Switch as well. They’re cannibalizing themselves by only having Zelda as an actual “game” on Launch Day

          • Flintinator

            It’s also getting the Binding of Isaac Afterbirth+ on launch day, which I am a very big fan of and I can’t wait to play that anywhere on the go. Also ‘I am Setsuna’ is confirmed as a launch title. Indie games are still actual “games”. I didn’t put 124 hours into Binding of Isaac simply because it was “almost a game”. 😉

            And my argument still stands, there’s a lot more coming than just 2 games this year: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7da2e24f8e1062955d19a725ead0727edfe937efa0506a0cd30fd006d8bd619c.png

          • Funtime Happysnacks

            That image is so overbloated though. Take away sports games (FIFA is a PS3/XB port btw), Minecraft and Telltale, all the afterthought ports, Street Fighter 2 of all things, and placeholder company logos (Pokemon, NMH, Tales) and you have a handful of games with actual, real substance from First-Party Nintendo itself. ARMS is a joke, it will die faster than Pokken did. Splatoon 2 looks like an untouched port of the original with “more stuff” and no visual improvements at all.

            Zelda, the console’s main pedestal of quality, can only reach 900p on a normal television. Not even standard 1080p! In an era that is moving toward 4k!! The joycons are made for small asian hands, it feels extremely uncomfortable to use. Replacement pieces are *unbelievably* expensive, too. The online costs money (reports saying around $26, at least it’s just yearly).

            If they showed off a decent lineup of single-player games then I’d get it to play those and be happy. But on that front all there is, is Mario Odyssey. Which is in December. And Zelda is on Wii U so I don’t need a new console.

          • Flintinator

            The Xbox One also seems to have a lot of trouble with 1080p and it is doing just fine ;). For 4K you need to either pay 100 bucks more (compared to the switch) for a PS4 Pro (also without a game), on which some games actually have lower performance than on the original PS4, or wait for the Xbox Scorpio, which is gonna be even more expensive. 4K also crosses the line of the amount of pixels your eye can see, unless you’re gonna buy a tv with it that is 4 times as large. To me 4K has always been unnecessary. It doesn’t make games any more immersive than they are right now. Meanwhile the Switch comes with the added feature of being able to take it anywhere with you on the go.

            Even following your rules, you seem to be ignoring Fast Racing RMX, Snipperclips (which I’m personally really excited for, I’m so gonna play that with my girlfriend), Rime, Shovel Knight (Spectre of Torment comes to Switch first), Sonic Mania, Fire Emblem Warriors, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Yooka-Laylee (despite being on this website), Sonic 2017 (even though it’s a project title, it’s coming out this year), Dragonball Xenoverse 2 and Hollow Knight. Now if you’re not interested in those games, that’s fair enough, but then you’d be using your own taste in an argument on the overall quality of the system.

            It’s also clear you either didn’t look at Splatoon 2’s trailer at all or never played the first one, cause there was only one returning map from the first game shown in the trailer and the rest was ALL new. There’s also a definite visual upgrade in its shading, textures, and models.

            Also “The joycons are made for small asian hands, it feels extremely uncomfortable to use.” Are you trying to tell me you’ve tried the system out? x) I’ve heard from multiple sources that only sideways they are uncomfortable, but when facing forward they fit really well, as well as with the Joy-con grip.

      • Toffey

        You made me create a damn account to reply to you. Spreading misinformation is extremely triggering especially when you are obviously doing it to stir up controversy. The Nintendo switch is lauching with more than 2 games and has alot of games coming out on it the coming year, whether the interest of those games set you off is of course a matter of subjectivity. Second of all, if you would have done some research you would have found out that the Wii U launched with a pricetag of 350$ which is the same as a Nintendo Switch and 1,2, switch combined. That means that Nintendo lets you choose what game you want with the system.

        • Funtime Happysnacks

          I’m not spreading misinformation, I just don’t think people are gonna give a shit about anything besides Splatoon 2 (which looks more like Splatoon 1.5, so far) and Mario Odyssey, which comes out in an entire year. Nobody is going to pay $50 for 1-2 Switch, except Japan, apparently.

          • Dummskalle

            Those are your interests, you are so self absorbed you think your interests apply to everyone. You have allready been proven wrong with Japan and 1-2 switch. What counter argument do you have for 300$ Switch compared to 350$ Wii U? Get your head out of your own ass and start to realizing the universe don’t revolve around you.

    • Carlos Silex

      You bastard, launch the Wii U edition too, I paid the fucking Kickstarted for the Wii U edition.

      • Andrew W. Wright

        You can stop spamming the same lame message, asshat.

        • Carlos Silex

          Well, send back my money.

          • Contact Playtonic and they will give you your money back. Something tells me you haven’t done that though.

          • Progniss

            Dude, they’re offering a full refund for tools like you, but apparently it’s not getting through your thick skull.

          • Matthew Kenny

            They literally said they would lol

  • Ant

    Awesome! I can’t wait to get Yooka-Laylee for SWITCH

  • senoredusty

    £20 for an upgrade to physical puts a £15 donation over the cost of just buying the disc on Amazon 🙁

    • *Joel*

      Then get the digital….

      • senoredusty

        You misunderstand. I’m getting digital, wanted to upgrade.

        • *Joel*

          No, I understand but its optional.

          Essentially you gave a donation and got a ‘free’ reward, if you want to get the physical copy then go for it. You are technically getting it cheaper than buying on Amazon. Although, It might not feel that way because of your initial investment.

  • OutlookGmail

    hopefully let other backers in on toybox?

  • Typical

    There’s nothing about refunds for PS4 and XBONE backers. It’s cheaper to preorder the game on Amazon than it is to back the game and get a physical version.

    • zeldagaymer93

      Those people dont get an option for refund because it is coming to the promised platform. Part of backing the game was funding it to make it possible, not to get the game for as cheap as possible.

    • *Joel*

      Don’t get physical then

    • Wombat

      Because you’re getting exactly what you paid for.

  • Mojoz

    It should be £15 to upgrade to Physical ps4/xbox guys :'(

    • Michael Drayson

      Which would still make it £1 more expensive than just buying on Amazon today, at £29

  • kurodo

    Switch physical, plz

    • SolidSonicTH

      Switch ANYTHING, really. I don’t care to pay the upgrade cost to get it physical, personally, but you bet your ass I want to play this on a Nintendo console.

    • Carlos Silex

      You bastard, launch the Wii U edition too, I paid the fucking Kickstarted for the Wii U edition

      • OMFCody

        Shut the fuck up.

        • Carlos Silex

          ¿? Fuck You, asshole.

          • Jay Tee

            Why are you reposting the same comment again and again? People have responded. Calm down mate!

          • OMFCody

            Whiny little fuck go bitch and complain somewhere else.

    • Carlos Silex

      Nintendofans paid this game for Wii U. Results: Launch in PS4 and Xbox One… This have a name: Fraud..

      • Luis Carlos Ugalde Moreno

        Stop spamming and learn how to write properly. Also, ask for that refund already.

  • koritron

    I want this for Switch or I’ll kill myself

    • Not sure if you’re serious or not, but just in case, here’s the US suicide hotline you should call: 1-800-273-TALK

  • Rogerio de Andrade

    At least they´re offering refund for those who back up the project waiting it for the WiiU. That was honest.
    Unlike a certain company which racing game had a 50 % intention of purchase from WiiU owners and simply cancelled it, taking away all WiiU owners money and not giving them a chance to try the game.

    • Funtime Happysnacks

      Kickstarting a game is a gamble. The people who bet right win big and get amazing stuff like Shantae HGH, Shovel Knight, or this, with developers who communicate with fans and are dedicated to making something with genuine passion.

      The people who bet wrong and get burned, though… they aren’t quick to forget, and even one failed investment seems to sour the entire experience for them, and change their entire perspective on the platform of crowdfunded games entirely. It’s like one group’s mistake turns the entire platform into a “big scam”. MN9 fans especially decry the whole site as if their bad bet is the whole of Kickstarter’s fault.

  • redbarchetta14

    Does anyone know if there is any way to change from pc to console? According to the specs on steam, my pc won’t be powerful enough to run Yooka-Laylee well

    • Wombat

      That’s how Wii U backers feel, sucker!

      For real though, that really sucks, I feel for you. Their official stance on it is PC backers cannot change their pledge.
      Try contacting playtonic via kickstarter’s messaging system and explaining your situation, they may be able to fix you up.

      • redbarchetta14

        I sent a message to them, so hopefully it’ll work out. Luckily I only pledged for the Steam digital code. From what I have seen, you cannot switch a physical copy of the pc version to a different version.

        • Wombat

          There are no physical PC versions, only digital.

  • Tyson

    Please announce the release date of the Switch version.

    • Carlos Silex

      You bastard, launch the Wii U edition, I paid the fucking Kickstarted for the Wii U edition.

      • justwingit

        You can change the console or get a refund. Chill.

        • No, you can’t “change the console.” Consoles aren’t free.

          I backed their Kickstarter project because I wanted to buy the game on the Wii U. Now they’ve changed their minds, and I can’t play the game. I am not buying a Switch, at least not yet.

          • Carlos Silex

            Nintendofans paid this game for Wii U. Results: Launch in PS4 and Xbox One… This have a name: Fraud.

          • JustAnotherDragon

            It’s not a fraud, you didn’t buy a game. You sent your money to fulfill the desires of a company to make their project come true and in return they decide to give you stuff for your contribution. (It’s not a purchase and kickstarter themselves emphasize that it’s not a purchase, there can be delays, unexpected changes, etc…)

            Besides that you can’t assume the progression of the development of the game would go smoothly with all platforms. You are making the same thing in different situations and not always the result will be that same.

            You may not be able to change to another console or have a computer that’s good enough to run the game but they are proposing a refund, you are basically losing nothing.

            Whatever may be the reason of the cancel, (Be it a problem with unity on Wii U and unity, Bad to impossible optimazion, etc…) If it can’t be done, it simply can’t be done.

          • FreedomKME

            Still amazes me how many people doesn’t get this.

          • Carlos Silex

            Insert your fucking game into your ass. Atte.: Wii User

          • Simba

            Insert your wiimote into your ass you salty idiot. Atte.: The Rest of the World.

          • Carlos Silex

            Fuck yourself. Atte: The entire world.

          • JustAnotherDragon

            There’s no need to be childish and rude, unless you’re actually a kid.

            It doesn’t matter, you’re not making this discussion go any further, spewing disrespectful stuff and spamming stuff won’t get you what you want, Playtonic is not your parents. You lost, it happens to the best of us, just move on and forget about it.

            And here i thought the biggest chunk would be people that are 20+ (Roughly the time where these type of platformers were popular.) I can understand if you are a kid and are throwing a tantrum, but if you aren’t, start acting your age.

          • Jay Tee

            You can get a refund if you want? Chill the fuck out. The game has been made, and you can get it for an alternate platform, or your money back.

          • Ahiam94

            What a crybaby. Get a refund, little boy.

          • Luis Carlos Ugalde Moreno

            First, the game was gonna come out Kickstarter or not. They went to crowd-funding to get more $$ to make the game better. Second, when you donate to one of this projects, you’re donating to make the project possible. The goal was reached in this case since the game is complete. There is not fraud here because there was no purchase involved; and they are offering to give the money back to the people that so desire it. It’ll be fraud if the kept the cash, but they are not doing that. They planned to release the game across different platforms since the begining. You’re making it sound as it was a WiiU game only and that’s not the case. The WiiU version was the last one added actually. It’s unfortunate about the WiiU version (I have a WiiU), but sometimes things can’t be helped.

          • Byungsuk Kim

            Backing up a game it’s a gamble for both developer and expecially for the gamer. There is no legal binding contract stating how the money will be used.

          • Z. Diddy

            Then choose the refund

          • *Joel*

            Then refund. Simple.

          • FlamingoJet

            Then you pick the refund.

          • justwingit

            So get a refund then!

          • Jakai

            They said that they can’t do the wii u because the frame rate,it was going to be hard to port it and that the wii u is not doing as good.

          • Aaron Morris

            They didn’t “change their minds”. There were more than a few technical reasons, not the least of which was the recall of the Wii-U and it’s EOL. They’re doing the best with what they have to work with.

          • StatsManSam

            It’s likely more complicated than that.

            The Wii U is a dead system which Nintendo has dropped all support for. It’s likely Nintendo no longer even allows publishing for it.

            Allowing users to change to steam or wait until the last minute development of a Switch version is the 100% correct decision to address the Wii U’s decommissioning.

        • Charles Martel

          Don’t tell him to chill.

          • justwingit

            I think I just did, friendo.

        • Progniss

          Grow up.

          • justwingit

            Ironic that that may be one of the most juvenile sentences out there. Why exactly?

        • Tobert Pohlmann

          I don’t know where he is based, but since he backed in 2015, the pound lost about 20% to Euro and Dollar, mostly due to Brexit. So, even with a refund, Wii U backers outside UK will end up having borrowed their money for 2 years and get now only 80% back. We all know that kickstarting can go wrong, and we all know that the refund deal is way better than what happened with many other kickstarter projects. But in the end, Carlos may lose 20% of his money because of a broken promise in the kickstarter. Therefore, he should not be surprised, but I consider it justified if he is disappointed and salty.

          • justwingit

            You will be refunded the figure that you paid though. Pound to euro conversion rate is irrelevant, because they’re not converting the currency based on current exchange rate, they’re returning the figure you paid. If you paid 35E, that’s what you have returned, right? So you paid 35E, you get 35E back and how it is valued against the pound should be irrelevant.

          • Tobert Pohlmann

            Oh, is that so? In that case, I apologize. But if I may ask, how do you know? I myseld backed for 65 pounds – from my point of view, that were 90 Euro or something. I’d think playtonic likely just got a bunch of pounds on their bank account at the end of the kickstarter, since currency conversion was done by my bank, not kickstarter, if I understand that correctly. So, I can hardly imagine that they will really do as you say because that should be pretty complicated. I might be wrong though.

      • Not going to happen, get a refund or choose a different platform.

      • Andrew W. Wright

        No one gives a crap, it’s coming to the Switch and that’s WAY better!

        • It could be released on both consoles.

          • jerrremy

            Because development is free, right?

          • So you’re saying that they can release the game on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC (on several different operating systems), but they can’t release it on the Wii U which they originally promised?

          • Leaf_Shade

            Yes, because they encountered numerous and continuous issues, making the Wii U development harder than any of the others.

            So you can paint on paper, cardboard, brick, concrete, but not Sand? Why not? Because painting on sand proved to be harder.

          • Ilyich

            Yes, because the Switch, PS4, XB1, and PC all use the same underlying architecture, and is thus easier to port. The Wii U uses the same ancient architecture that the Wii and 360 used.

          • What do you mean “uses the same architecture”? The Wii U is not at all similar to the PS4, the Xbone, and certainly not the PC.

            It’s not harder to develop for the Wii U. They started out developing on the Wii U, and they could have finished, but they decided that it wasn’t worth it, so they let down a lot of their fans.

          • Ilyich

            I didn’t say the Wii U was similar to the PS4, in fact I said the opposite, learn to read.

            It actually *is* harder to develop for the Wii U because of the ancient architecture it uses, in addition to its relatively lower power. You don’t know if they could’ve finished or not, and they most likely couldn’t have, or they wouldn’t have waited so long to say so.

          • Again, what “ancient architecture”?

            By the way, how do you know that they waited long to say this?

          • Conjo

            PowerPC, that thing nintendo’s been using since the gamecube

          • I doubt this makes it harder to develop the game for the Wii U. The architechture of consoles hasn’t stopped anyone before, as far as I know.

            They didn’t want to go through with this because they knew that releasing the game for the Wii U would be a waste of time and money.

          • Conjo

            “I doubt this makes it harder to develop the game for the Wii U. The architechture of consoles hasn’t stopped anyone before, as far as I know.”

            Ask anyone who had to develop a game for the PS3. Hard stuff to do.

            You also need to consider that YL is made using unity, something that kinda works like shit on Wii U compared to PS4/ONE/PC. And yes, you can use unity for Switch and it will surely be better than the Wii U version.

          • Jeremy Andrews

            Yes, but developers were willing to develop games for the PS3 even though it was somewhat challenging. I swear, it seems like they get lazier, more demanding, and less willing to deal with the slightest difficulty every console generation… they went from having to program games for things like the SNES and Genesis, to being this picky. Developers these days whinge if they have to think about something for more than an hour or figure out how to scale back something too ambitious for a given piece of hardware. Now the mentality is, “make everything easy for us so we can toss out the same kind of code we used in programming class at college or go away, we don’t like being made to actually think or deal with constraints.” I mean, seriously, hardware developers can’t cut any corners or require developers to use any kind of ingenuity or tricks to get the full performance out anymore… everyone now feels perfectly within their rights to demand a full-on PC architecture with gobs of RAM that requires basically no skill to program for. The burden is now entirely on the consumer to pay for something high-end, because the developers have abdicated their willingness to port or scale back games to consoles that are affordable to build and/or purchase. It’s a pretty sad state of affairs, honestly.

          • coolspeedman1

            Playtonic stated when they announced the cancellation that there were “unforeseen technical issues” so no, it was not to do with it being a waste of time and money it was because something went wrong on the technical side. This might have been anything but most likely it was the ancient architecture. If you’re really this inept at understanding this then you should probably get off the internet.

          • Ilyich

            Christ sake. The Wii U uses PowerPC like the Wii and the 360 before it.

            The PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch all use x86. Completely different architectures, except PowerPC is kind of trash now.

            And I know they waiting so long to announce the cancellation because they said so themselves.

          • Jeremy Andrews

            Technically speaking, the Switch uses ARM. It’s not x86, but it is something developers are more likely to be familiar with, as it’s the architecture used in nearly all mobile devices. I really doubt the PPC architecture was the technical reason, though… it could be anything from the Wii U recall, to Nintendo shutting down the Wii U’s eShop services before the launch date.

          • Tarzerix

            No its not…thats why they asked Wii U owners like him to pay for it.

      • Funtime Happysnacks

        The Switch version is literally the Wii U build dumped onto a console that is less awful to port to.

      • Flintinator

        Well they couldn’t due to technical issues. Usually when a company runs into big problems like that, it results in a delay of at least a few months. This is actually the best option they could’ve gone with. I do understand your anger though, it is fairly reasonable.

        • Rayquaza

          The technical issue is releasing a game on the death of a system?

          • Conjo

            unity is shit on wii u though unless your game is really simple

          • Flintinator

            They said themselves that there were technical issues during development. The fact that the Wii U was dying could have been a factor in the decision to move it to the switch, but probably not the main reason.

        • Carlos Silex

          Nintendofans paid this game for Wii U. Results: Launch in PS4 and Xbox One… This have a name: Fraud.

          • Leaf_Shade

            No, because they can get a refund, and Kickstarter is technically donation, they DECIDE to give you rewards as compensation, you don’t pay for or buy the rewards.

          • Flintinator

            Spamming your comment isn’t gonna help your cause

          • Luis Carlos Ugalde Moreno

            Nobody paid anything actually. Kickstarter and crowd funding in general is donations. You don’t buy, you don’t pay. You donate. Also, could you at least write another comment instead of this copy-paste spam?

      • Just request a refund and buy it another day. They’ve said they will give you your money back if the Wii U edition was the only version you could get and no other option will satisfy.

      • bluedragon992

        Stop being such an overly entitled little brat and either change your reward platform or get a refund. It’s not that hard…

        • Sydney Franklin

          TIL paying under promise makes you overly entitled.

          • bluedragon992

            It’s not “paying under promise” that makes you overly entitled. It’s acting like an immature brat when a refund option is CLEARLY available to you in the event that that promise isn’t met that makes you overly entitled. 😉

      • Unisyst

        Checkout: http://www.gamespot.com/forums/system-wars-314159282/gpu-specs-comparison-wiiu-vs-xbox-one-vs-ps4-30976500/

        They wanted to provide it on the Wii U, but it’s too under-powered. They didn’t just randomly change their minds.

      • Caps

        Yes…because Nintendo decided to kill the Wii U off, Playtonic is a bunch of bastards. You know…I’m still pissed I can’t get Guardians of the Galaxy on VHS too. You’re right though. Let’s start a riot and scream obscenities. That’ll change their minds…even though it’s not their decision. It’ll change it for sure!

      • Byungsuk Kim

        From business perspective, it doesn’t make sense to make a Wii U version. It sucks but there isn’t much of install base and the money used to continue development for the Wii U version could be used to improve the overall game. It just doesn’t make sense to continue developing for a system that is nearing the finish line. It sucks we got to look at this from a business perspective

        • Wombat

          From a business perspective, there’s zero point in putting a game on linux, yet they did it anyway.

    • Carlos Silex

      Insert your fucking game into your ass. Atte.: Wii User

      • ChloeWolfieGirl

        If this game couldn’t come out on the Wii-U because its hardware and software compatibility is trash, there’s no way it could work on a wii 🙂

    • Lemmy Winks

      Unlike most of you I actually know something about game development and software development in general.

      Yooka-Laylee will likely come out on the switch either Christmas 2017 or early 2018. A physical release is also very unlikely. The reason being anyone who wants to play this game will find a way to do so long before the switch version comes out. There is no point in people buying a game for switch when they already played it elsewhere. So the switch version wont sell well, which is why they aren’t doing a physical release right now as they would be spending lots of money making physical versions that they will never sell.

      To be honest you should be happy they are making the effort to make the switch version, given it does not make alot of financial sense to do so for the same reason I gave above. They would make more money if they just started the next game instead of working on the switch version.

      Also making the game for switch is not as simple as clicking a button to “port” the game to switch. You still have to make the game, its just they can re-use assets (like art/sound) as well as the level design which normally takes alot of time to come up with. So its mainly a matter of programming and getting the game working on the switch. I estimate a development time of 9-12 months, and I do not even know if they have actually started development yet. At best its been in development a few weeks.

      • ChloeWolfieGirl

        I bet they’ve put in a lot of work in the switch version, I don’t think they’d mention a switch version if they hadn’t done much work on it, I imagine that they at least have the basics working.

  • Brandon Prokop

    Will yooka laylee come to the nintendo switch

    • Ante

      Yes.

  • YoshiAngemon

    I just hope I can change my option from Wii U to PS4, since it looks like I won’t be getting the Switch Version anytime soon.

    • Carlos Silex

      Nintendofans paid this game for Wii U edition, Results: Launch in PS4 and Xbox One… This have a name: Fraud

      • John Smith

        Will you fuck off?

      • Rhandoll Diaz

        Dude, just FUCK OFF!

    • Luis Carlos Ugalde Moreno

      According to the official statement, you can change to any other platform.

      • YoshiAngemon

        When? It’s now the first of February, and I’ve heard nothing of it, yet.

        • Camino De Regreso Banda

          That was said a while ago actually. Ever since they announced the cancellation of the WiiU version. They offered to switch platform or to get a refund. I remember reading that. I think it was a post about making the switch or something. Btw, I’m replying from a different account.

        • Camino De Regreso Banda

          I’m replying from a different account btw. They said that ever since they announced the cancellation of the WiiU version. I found the article. It’s the news update from December the 12th titled YOOKA-LAYLEE RATTLES TOWARDS RELEASE. Here’s the link: http://www.playtonicgames.com/yooka-laylee-reptile-rolls-towards-release/

  • Carlos Silex

    You bastard, launch the Wii U edition, I paid the fucking Kickstarted for the Wii U edition.

    • You’ve already posted this comment thrice. Chill.

      • Carlos Silex

        Nintendofans paid this game for Wii U. Results: Launch in PS4 and Xbox One.. This have a name: Fraud

        • It’s also launching on the Nintendo Switch.

          • Carlos Silex

            So what??????????????

          • John Smith

            So you acting like a spoiled cunt makes you look like a dumbass.

          • Tommy Degraux

            I actually find him pretty funny, he look so pitiful, poor child :’)

  • Lightning Farron

    Ahh, I’m so excited. 😀 I can’t wait for my shirt. 🙂

  • Michael Drayson

    £15 pledge + £20 upgrade = £35 total cost for the people who supported you from day one. THIS IS £29 ON AMAZON. We are getting conned. Remind me never to support you again!

    • John Smith

      … you are a special kind of stupid.

    • Shawn

      Did you read the FAQ explaining why the cost is more? They said:

      “We’re aware that some online retailers are able to offer physical copies cheaper than us. Such retailers already have systems in place to fulfill physical goods and offer the game in some cases at a loss – unfortunately we can’t compete with companies many times larger than us with facilities in place to handle physical goods.”

      They aren’t conning anyone, they simply can’t produce the product as cheaply as larger distributors. They are trying to make the best out of an oversight with the WiiU’s capabilities, giving backers the option to get a physical copy on another system from them directly to show support. It is your prerogative to get a refund and purchase the game for cheaper online at places such as amazon. At the end of the day, they are a business. They can’t realistically give out games at a value where they are losing money, it just doesn’t make sense from an economical standpoint.

    • Wombat

      Awwwwwh, boo hoo, you get to play the game on your console of choice.
      Wii U backers are laughing at you.

  • Congratulations on going gold! I look forward to playing Yooka-Laylee on PC in the coming weeks ahead!

  • Z. Diddy

    Since the Switch is barely more powerful than a Wii U, is the Switch version gonna be pretty “dumbed down” compared to the PS4 and Xbox One versions?

    • Flintinator

      The Switch is definitely noticably better than the Wii U?

      • Z. Diddy

        See my reply to Ante

    • Ante

      Switch are several times more powerful then Wii U.

      • Z. Diddy

        Wii U runs Zelda BotW at 720p. Switch runs the exact same game at only 900p. It doesn’t even have enough power to make it up to 1080p. At least that’s my logic.

        • Conjo

          It has more to do with Unity being not really that good on Wii U as it is on PS4/ONE/PC. If Unity on Switch is better or if they work on making it more their own (though that might take a bit more of time, creating their own stuff) then the Switch could surely run it as good as PS4/ONE.

          In the case of BotW, I recall reading somewhere that nintendo is aiming to get it to 1080p at launch. That game looks kinda heavy graphically and I can see the Wii U being pushed to its limits to run it ot 720p. I think they can still do some optimizations and tweaks here and there for it.

        • Flintinator

          Wii U runs Splatoon at 720p, Switch runs Splatoon 2 which has better visual effects, improved character models, more object filled environments (if the demo map is any indication), at 1080p and still in 60fps. I think this pretty clearly indicates that the Switch is capable of a lot more than the Wii U.

          It’s true that Breath of the Wild Switch is not that much of a step up in terms of graphics, however it is also a port from the Wii U. The other port from the Wii U, Mario Kart 8 deluxe, has the same problem. Despite the game running in 1080p now, it still runs at 30fps when playing with 3 or 4 players on one console, which you’d think would’ve been solved by now. So yeah, I do get your concern, but I don’t think we have to be afraid of the graphics being dumbed down on the Switch. Especially since the PC and Nintendo versions were being developed by Team17 alongside each other and Team17 did the porting to the Xbone and PS4.

          • Draco

            Splatoon2 runs at 720p and use the exact same asset of the first game. source: digital foundry.

          • Flintinator

            Well, the same assets is bogus, cause all gear and weapons so far have been new, the new hairstyles and pants weren’t in the first Splatoon and all the new maps consists of assets that are nowhere to be found in the first game. You can see in the following video that the Splatoon 2 definitely has a higher polygon count in its character models and gear compared to the first one: https://youtu.be/Mk2PU7oyf28. What’s also clearly visible in the trailer is that shading has been improved and if you look closely while keeping the texture quality of the first Splatoon in mind, you’ll see that that has also seen improvements. You don’t even have to play the demo to see that.

            I might be wrong about the resolution, but I have heard a few times on youtube that the game runs at 1080p. Youtube’s maximum bitrate also makes it a little hard to judge what the resolution is, due to the amount of stuff happening on screen.

            By the way could you link that source? Just reading the name of the source doesn’t really prove anything.

          • Draco
          • Flintinator

            Okay so 720p is confirmed. Thanks for the link ^^
            He doesn’t say anything about assets though and that’s good, because the visual quality is definitely a step up from its predecessor.

          • Draco

            I said asset but I mean engine first, and general map element such as ramps and stuff. Clearly there’s something new, my point is that on a graphical prospective it didn’t improved. I mean, this game could run on a Wii U as well, so it is not an indicator of the switch capabilities (or it is, but not a good one).

          • Flintinator

            It did improve graphically, I just said that. The textures and shading have gone up in quality and models have gone up in polygon count.

    • Luis Carlos Ugalde Moreno

      The game itself is not that demanding, so I don’t think there will be a difference. I guess they cancelled the WiiU version because they were having a hard time with incompatible engines and stuff, but hardware wise, the WiiU could have run it I think. I the WiiU can run Xenoblade and the new Zelda so, of course it could have run a smaller game like YL. I just think they didn’t want to waste their resources on a dead system either.

  • Bas van Gent

    Will it also release on the switch 11 april

    • Luis Carlos Ugalde Moreno

      It’s coming to Switch but no release date yet.

  • OMFCody

    It doesn’t make sense to bring it to the Wii U, an officially dead console..

  • Carlos Silex

    Nintendofans paid this game for Wii U. Results: Launch in PS4 and Xbox One. This have a name: Fraud

    • Flintinator

      No, you didn’t “buy the game”, you helped crowdfund the game and that was going to be your reward. You can even still trade it in for any of the different versions. This is far from fraud.

  • TannMann64

    Almost thought that was the FUNimation Justin Cook (Yusuke Urameshi, Raditz, Bellamy and Dende)

  • Clay Smothers

    Release a Physical Switch version. I will gladly pay $60 for a physical copy if required. Otherwise I won’t get or play the game. I don’t buy digital games.

  • As a backer who was really looking forward to having this game for the Wii U, I’m happy to hear that this is coming to the Switch cause I will take it there.

    Mind you I’d really love it if there was a physical copy for the Switch… since I feel like this game just belongs on a cartridge. So please… please … PLEASE… make this happen Playtonic. Also sooner rather than later cause I’d hate to pay and take the digital copy on Switch… only to learn shortly after you plan to release a physical version a bit later and then have to buy the game all over again.

  • Elkethus Degrace Lauzon

    release date for the switch I just want to know between pc and switch

  • ReyShinichi84

    Physical edition for Switch, maybe!?? :3

  • Darius Foltete

    Here is a petition for a retail versin of Yooka-Laylee on the Switch:

    https://www.change.org/p/playtonic-games-yooka-laylee-retail-version-for-nintendo-switch

    • *Joel*

      Why does this even exist. Change petitions used to be about more important things.

  • Darren Spencer

    Really wanted to play on Wii U because of past relationships with the developers and the big N but looks like PS4 or Xbox One for us now, not interested in Switch, sorry.

  • Amelia Scoptophilia

    Oh my god, a Spandau reference?! You guys are…GOLD (gold) ❤😍!!

  • Tsuchida-sensei

    I wonder if Playtonic would be interested in developing a 3d platformer with microsoft? I’m guessing no.

  • Rodrigo

    Aprill 11 is my birthday… It’d be too great if it was released on Switch (or WiiU) on the same date =/
    I guess my happiness will be delayed a bit!

  • Matthew Kenny

    Please inform if a physical Switch Version becomes an option. I’ll pay for the upgrade.

  • Carlos Silex

    Insert your fucking game into your ass. Atte.: Wii User.

  • bluedragon992

    Will all of you who still keep complaining about the Wii U version’s cancellation just grow up and stop being a bunch of immature overly entitled brats?

    All you need to do is either change your reward platform (you have a choice between the Switch, Xbox One, PS4, Windows PC, Mac OSX and even LINUX of all platforms) or if you’re that salty about not being able to play the game on what’s obviously a dead console at this point (not even NINTENDO is going to be supporting it once Breath of the Wild is out), get a refund. It’s not that hard…

    • Nedotykomka

      Where do you get there’re OSX and Linux options? On Backetkit only Steam PC and GOG PC options are available to pick.

      • bluedragon992

        The Mac and Linux versions are bundled with the Windows PC version. This is the case with every PC game sold on Steam and GOG that has Mac and Linux ports available. 😉

  • Julien Waite

    Not at all impressed that the default option for Wii U backers that don’t respond to the BackerKit survey is a PC Steam version, especially when there’s no Mac Stream option. (I don’t even own a PC.)

    IT SHOULD BE A REFUND!

    How about if you’d developed the game within the technical limitations of the Wii U to begin with, and THEN ported to the PS4 and XBOne to prevent the reason being given for the Wii U cancellation?

    I’ve switched to Switch (pun intended) but was very tempted to ask for a refund, (especially with there being no mention of either a rough release date or possible physical release), because of the way I feel myself and other Wii U owners have been (mis)treated.

    So Playtonic, for Wii U backers, how about…

    …offering us one of the other digital versions for free (although I personally wouldn’t be able to take advantage of this just owing Nintendo consoles and a Mac)…

    …and ( / or)…

    …offering us the option of a Switch physical release upgrade (maybe even at a reduced rate, but at least give us the option)…

    …as an apology for letting us down, a thank you for waiting and compensation for now not getting to play Yooka-Laylee until AFTER the PS4 and XBOne, despite it being a spiritual successor to a Nintendo franchise?

    I’m very excited to play the game but the way you’ve handled the Wii U cancellation is Mr. Pants and stinks of more (The) Mighty Poo than even Shovel Knight* could handle. (*Shout out to Yacht Club Games on their KickStarter campaign.)

  • Julien Waite

    Hello!

  • Carlos Silex

    Insert your fucking game into your ass. Atte.: Wii User.

  • Juno Kazooie

    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!!! Please do a spiritual successor to either Diddy Kong Racing or Jet Force Gemini next! THANK YOU SO MUCH! RARE 2.0 FOR THE WIN!

  • MigueLink

    Why is people so mad about not coming on Wii U. I backed this up for Wii U too, now i chamged it to switch. It was pretty simple. And it makes a lot of sense beacause the wii U is dead, and does not have that install base. So it makes sense.

    • Wombat

      Because not everyone wants to drop $300+ to play the game months after it was already released on every other console.

  • Alex Cervantes

    I opted for the Wii u version as well, but in the mean time always hoped it would be ported to the Nintendo NX (or switch as we now know.) The fact that they can’t do the Wii u version is sad but fine by me. In the long run we’ll just have a better game.

    My first complaint this whole campaign is that there is no word on a physical copy for the switch. What id give to hold a true Playtonic Cartridge.

  • Happy Mask Collector

    Weren’t we told by playtonic that we would get info on a switch version in late January? That time has passed…

  • Lemmy Winks

    Unlike most of you I actually know something about game development and software development in general.

    Yooka-Laylee will likely come out on the switch either Christmas 2017 or early 2018. A physical release is also very unlikely. The reason being anyone who wants to play this game will find a way to do so long before the switch version comes out. There is no point in people buying a game for switch when they already played it elsewhere. So the switch version wont sell well, which is why they aren’t doing a physical release right now as they would be spending lots of money making physical versions that they will never sell.

    To be honest you should be happy they are making the effort to make the switch version, given it does not make alot of financial sense to do so for the same reason I gave above. They would make more money if they just started the next game instead of working on the switch version.

    Also making the game for switch is not as simple as clicking a button to “port” the game to switch. You still have to make the game, its just they can re-use assets (like art/sound) as well as the level design which normally takes alot of time to come up with. So its mainly a matter of programming and getting the game working on the switch. I estimate a development time of 9-12 months, and I do not even know if they have actually started development yet.

  • Jeremy Andrews

    Well, I really hope it comes out on the Switch. If they cancel the Switch version in the same manner that they’ve canceled the Wii U version, then I’m not interested in the game anymore. Getting really tired of developers pulling stunts like this. I can’t even get the DLC for Assassin’s Creed IV unless I buy it a second time on another platform because Ubisoft got mad at Nintendo and pulled support mid-cycle. Please don’t pull an Ubisoft on us, okay?

  • Kotau

    “And as our proverbial tank treads take us thundering us towards d-day, our ranks grow ever larger…”

    Did… did someone else catch that one?

    • Slick Rick

      What does it mean?

  • Pedro Gonzalez

    Changed my backer survey from WiiU to Switch whenever I get it. I can see why people want a physical version for the switch as nintendo (in their infinite wisdom) only put 32gb hard drive in the switch in a time where modern games are 30-60gb in size X(

    Hopefully Yooka-Laylee’s game file wont be nearly that big.

  • Spidey 3677

    Just pre ordered 🙂

  • jonathan

    i think the people who pre-ordered the game should get it a day early. i think that would be a fair argument for the backers/pre-orderers