Raising the Curtain

Acquire the assets! Synergise the servers! It’s time we leveraged our key pillars with a paradigm-branching, hi-octane content update!

A wild logo appears.
A wild logo appears.

Ahem. One year ago more than 80,000 fans funded the Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter and it was an amazing and proud time for all involved. Soon after we decided to ‘go dark’ and focus on delivering a game worthy of your spectacular support. ‘The next time you see Yooka-Laylee,’ we said, ‘we want it to look representative of the final target we’re shooting for.’

Well, here it is. Today – finally – we’re revealing a few of the star performers from our Yooka-Laylee coming out show; an all-new cast of characters from the Playtonic Universe, a deep story to discover, a roster of irresistibly shiny collectibles to seek out and huge, stunning worlds to explore.

Your dollars at work.

Over the past year the Playtonic team has tripled in size, moved office and quietly slaved away on what would become the final form of Yooka-Laylee. You can see some of the results of our work below and over on the Yooka-Laylee game page.

There’s lots to talk about – and today is just the preliminary act. Over the next few weeks we’ll hope to wow you with increasingly dazzling dance numbers, first clicking our heels in the new Edge Magazine on May 26, which will be packed full of details and purchasable in both print and digital flavours.

Soon after you’ll see eyes-on reports of the final Yooka-Laylee appear on your favourite online channels and video platforms, quickly followed by the hijinks of the Electronic Entertainment Expo. We will of course ensure that Kickstarter backers are kept fully up to date with everything we reveal going forward.

One thing we’re not quite ready to reveal yet is the game’s final, day-and-date release plan, but we’re getting close. The Playtonic team is working towards the same release window penned last year, but as fans of some of our past work will attest, we’re a group committed to releasing games only when they’re polished, complete and at the quality level you expect. As soon as we’re confident we’ve ticked all of those boxes, we’ll inform our backers directly of when to mark their calendars.

So without further ado, this is what Yooka-Laylee looks like today.


A CORPORATE CONUNDRUM…

“If you thought the challenges so far were tough, wait until you see my outlook for Q4 of the game…”
“If you thought the challenges so far were tough, wait until you see my outlook for Q4 of the game…”

“A flurry of excitement filled the factory floor. Everyone had assembled, from the top-tier boss characters to the tea minion from sector C. it was finally here; takeover day.

“The ingenious tech firm Quack Corp had been subject to a hostile swoop by diabolical publishing corporation in Hivory Towers. Together they were about to launch their most devious scheme yet, all under the leadership of cunning buzzness executive Capital B!”

Yooka and Laylee’s adventure will take them deep inside the work halls of a baneful business, as the buddy-duo seek out the magical Pagies required to explore the mysterious Grand Tomes. The dexterous pair will seek to unlock the ancient secrets of these bewitching books, as they battle to thwart corporate creep Capital B and his devious scheme to absorb all of the world’s literature… and convert them into pure profit.

Our ambition with Yooka-Laylee is to create a story and cast of characters that will live on as part of future Playtonic Games, so you can be sure there will be plenty of secrets, back stories and punch lines to discover when you join the Lizard and Bat on their epic adventure.


Collect-Em-Up 2.0

Yooka-Laylee will introduce a roster of shiny collectibles with gameplay progression at their core (as well as other, more valuable materials). Tasty Butterfly Energy will refill the player’s health and the brand new power meter, which is designed to empower fun and challenging platforming gameplay while avoiding the all-too-occasional tedium of resource management.

In their adventure through Capital B’s corporate lair, Yooka and Laylee will explore land, air and sea in search of Pagies and their power to unlock – and expand – the magical Grand Tomes held captive in Hivory Towers.

Check out those crowd-funded bubbles.


Using the hundreds of collectible Quills discovered during their travels, the buddy-duo will purchase and unlock moves from the serpent salesman Trowzer, which they can choose to do in virtually any order that the player decides. This is just one way which Yooka-Laylee empowers player choice, in addition to the ability to expand and make larger the worlds you’ve already explored, and the unique Tonic gameplay modifiers which can be used to customise your play style.

Look out for much more on the collectibles of Yooka-Laylee in upcoming media previews.


A Cast to Last

Off camera: the vehicles.
Off camera: the vehicles.

Throughout their adventure Yooka and Laylee will meet (or beat) a huge cast of memorable characters brought to life by the art and audio teams behind legendary platform games.

This month we’ll be discussing a pair of new supporting characters destined to join the Playtonic Universe; the hapless, multi-limbed scientist Dr. Puzz and her traitorous former colleague Dr. Quack.

The latter is a ruthless, exosuit-wearing fowl, who’s making the best of a bad situation under the corporate rule of Capital B. The good doctor wasn’t always this unpleasant, but the ruthless takeover of his Quack Corp organisation has persuaded Quack to concoct all manner of crude inventions to satisfy the demands of his new boss – and the shareholders, of course.

Quack’s sweet, naeve prodigy, Dr. Puzz proved far more morally rigid than her former colleague, breaking ties with Quack Corp as soon as the exosuits started stirring – and taking her own inventions with her. The tentacled technician – designed by Ed ‘Mumbo Jumbo’ Bryan – is the gateway to all of Yooka-Laylee’s wild and wonderful transformations, which we’ll be revealing in the near future.


OPEN THE TOYBOX

The wait is almost over… the Toybox is coming – and we’re happy to finally confirm that the standalone gameplay experience will be available in July for Kickstarter backers who opted for appropriate tiers.

So why has it taken so long? Quite simply, our plans for the Toybox have expanded beyond the web-based, single-room play thing we originally planned and it’s now a much more significant chunk of playable content.

Even Tron couldn’t deal with those grids.

 

As promised in our Kickstarter campaign, the Toybox isn’t a traditional ‘demo’, but a self-contained, spoiler-free sandbox designed to give Yooka-Laylee backers a taste of the platforming to come in the final game.There are plenty moves to try, custom-built props to play with, secrets to discover and yes, shiny collectibles to hunt out.

We appreciate your patience and hope you agree the wait was worthwhile when you’re jumping around in our sandbox in a number of weeks’ time.

Your Comments

  • Jota Corrêa

    DAMN! so pretty
    oh man.. Rare is back you guys.. I mean… Playtronic rocks!

  • Exciting! 😀

  • ShipOfFools

    You guys are amazing

  • Hype!

  • Klaudkil

    this game needs a physical release!

    • Sean Filkins

      It smashed all goals. This was one of those goals.

      • Peace Boy

        Really? I don’t remember.

      • No, a physical release was not promised.

        • Leroy Jenkins

          It was for backers

          • At a certain tier, yes. But it’s not part of the project: it’s not that we’ll see Yooka-Laylee in stores this holiday season. At least, not promised. Maybe it’s a surprise for later tho 😀

          • linkinboss

            But Team17 has confirmed that they will publish the game physically a while ago 😛

        • Sean Filkins

          Look at the tiers. Physical is one of those tiers that were reached.

    • Leroy Jenkins

      Physical release was a reward

      • Nicky Ian Kunesh

        charge your damn phone

  • Señor Cardgage

    I AM BEYOND EXCITED

  • Jens Meiners

    Geil 😀 warte da schon Jahre drauf 😀

  • OCELOTE

    First. Lel

  • GamesAl0t

    HYPED, so excited!

  • Eric Vilas

    AHHH!! Can’t wait!!

  • Rasmus Bek Kordic

    HAHHAHAHHA YES

  • LUCAS HERSH

    CAN’T WAIT! WIll the characters be speaking in gibberish like in Banjo-Kazooie, it probably be the best route to go, one set of voice actors and no having to hire people to dub in other languages, plus it fulfills that nostalgic feel from the N64 days.

  • Justin Shredder Walencik

    Shut up and take my money.

  • Felipe Calvi

    Please, come to Wii U!

    • AGuyWithFood

      It is.

    • Nathan C.

      YES! Don’t “Project Cars” us, Playtonic!

    • They recently reconfirmed it’s coming to Wii U. It won’t be sacrificed for an NX version.

      • Andrew

        I’m hoping for both, so everyone’s happy 🙂

        • hhog

          Nintendo’s always been pretty good with their backwards compatibility, in any case. So even if there’s no dedicated NX version, assuming it’s meant to be a Wii U replacement to begin with, there’s a pretty good chance it’ll remain playable on there in some shape or form.

          • Tbh, from a business perspective, I think it will be stupid of Nintendo to make the NX physically backwards compatible with the Wii U. Because if they don’t, they can port Smash, Splatoon and Super Mario Maker to NX and make everybody jump over (even if they offer a digital backwards compatibility which makes everybody get those games for free on the NX eShop). But that’s a different story.

          • Flintinator

            Yeah, if they don’t, they can’t make us buy all those games all over again x)

          • Or they can. Because sooner or later, we’ll do it. Besides, many people bought both Smash 3DS and Wii U, both Pokémon X and Y or Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, both Hyrule Warriors and Hyrule Warriors Legends, etcetera. And Splatoon is something I’d definitely buy again on NX (if I get an NX, that is).

          • One of the rumors for the NX tho is that it might be a cartridge based system, so we’ll see what happens with that. IF that rumor rings true, they’d have to have an external disc drive to support Wii U games, or something like that. At least for the ones that don’t have a digital version on the eShop.

          • They may consider an Ambassador Program like solution for Wii U owners. For those who did buy a Wii U and bought the games, they may allow you to say download a digital version of the same game onto their NX.

            It would certainly help any of those who feel burned in their Wii U purchase at the news of a new Nintendo console coming next year. That may be a bit wishful thinking though.

          • DavidGX

            I’d bet money that the NX won’t be backwards compatible, unless they manage to do it with software emulation.

          • My assumption is that the current eShop and NNID accounts will allow for purchases to carry over and that they will simply support bringing existing eShop titles onto the revamped store for the NX whatever that may end up being.

          • Syam Vist

            Backwards compatibility only exists when the same architecture (or similar) is used… If Nintendo decides to move to another architecture you can say bye bye to backwards compatibility. Still it might be possible to emulate the previous consoles. Or Playtonic could launch this game for the NX as well because they are using Unity, it’s technically easy to port games but you should know already that publishing physical media is pretty expensive. But it’s way cheaper to put it on the eShop so it might appear there first. Who knows? Maybe the NX will be able to emulate WiiU and that’s basically problem solved. Although if you care about performance you would want the game to actually be ported to it.

    • Troy Rogers

      it is coming to Wii U, i already bought the digital version of Yooka Laylee on Wii U on the kickstarter

    • Zack Stout

      The original point of the Kickstarter was to make the game for the Wii U

  • LUCAS HERSH

    And do you think you can make a 3DS installment, even if it’s exclusive to the New 3DS due to better power, maybe Vita despite it’s ironic dying state? And maybe Nintendo NX?

    • They make it with the game engine Unity. The latest version supports Windows, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS Vita, mobile devices and more or less the New Nintendo 3DS. I don’t know what the minimum requirements of the game will be, but I doubt it would run well on New 3DS. Maybe Vita with worse graphics. Don’t expect it to happen tho. Nintendo NX would be great 🙂

  • NasiDe

    The scene with the castle definitely gives me the old retro Spyro aesthetic.. I’m looking forward to seeing the worlds more.

  • Mccuish1525

    This game is going to be amazing

  • 14M4N0NYM0U5

    Ahh.. brings me back to the golden age of gaming. Nintendo 64. Games produced by Rare. Good times, good times.

  • Rocho

    Amazing! Is starting to get things more tangible than the first time we saw it!

    By the way the new logo looks waaaay better without the eyes! Love it !

  • Michael

    well, that’s awesome. Well done Playtonic. Capital B’s nod to Banjo and Grunty’s waistine coupled with a guy that doesn’t bother with leg day and has a honeycomb on his rod… I like it. I can’t wait for this even more than I already have done since those eyes were inconveniently shadowed in the tropical bushes. It’s so good!

  • Alfredo Delgado

    I’m honestly tearing up the long awaited banjo kazooie sequel is coming soon

  • Nathan C.

    HHHHHYYYYYYYYPPPPPPPEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

  • Nathan C.

    Is the Quack Corp supposed to be Microsoft?

    • Shotgun Ninja

      No, Quack Corp is supposed to be Rare, and the Hivory Towers thing (“In Hivory Towers?”) is supposed to be Microsoft.

      • Nagato

        With “Capital B” being a rather obvious stand-in for Bill Gates; it’s even in the name.

        • Rose

          I’m pretty sure he’s just an anthropomorphic bee, he even has a honeycomb on his cane.

          • Aceofspades53

            So basically, a throwback to the health items from Banjo Kazooie. Or the bees from Conker.
            Take your pick.

        • Ceri Cat

          Actually more likely Steve Ballmer since he’s proven a bigger ass than Bill ever was.

          • Syam Vist

            Young Bill Gates was an ass but now that he is much older he became a good guy. Steve Ballmer well he was just pretty dumb.

      • Señor Cardgage

        So Puzz represents Playtonic?

      • Muadiib

        With Dr. Puzz being the folks that left Rare and started up Playtonic.

      • Austint30

        “Hivory Towers” “Ivory Tower” lol

      • Kindry Kirbo

        The nuts and bolts resemblance of dr. Quack(grunty) could support the members of rare who stayed with Microsoft.

    • hhog

      Make your own conclusion, I’d say. Even if there was a clear-cut answer, I doubt they’d outright admit it.

      • Bill Turkeyburger

        only if it pertained to former employers

  • Kumazo

    Hermoso espero y tenga la satira que tenian sus predesesores

  • Andrew McCue

    This looks incredible! Man, I wish I’d backed at a higher tier. I love the character designs, story, and control ideas, and those graphics look gorgeous. Can’t wait to play this on Wii U!

  • EOTD

    I cannot find the words to clearly express how I feel. I hope this picture will suffice.

    • Jahu

      I am in awe. This is a thing of beauty.

    • Joshua Barger

      This is shockingly accurate.

    • theneckslevel

      *HEAVY BREATHING*

    • I approve.

    • smashbrolink

      This is the face of “HNNGGGG” and “Satisfaction intensifies” in one gloriously furry creature…

      • Joseph Jennings

        Freaking perfect.

    • Senor Pena

      That’s strong, that’s strong.

  • AWESOME!! Keep up the good work! I can’t wait to get my hands on Yooka-Laylee!

  • Captain N

    They need to start making an NX version !!

  • Harry Amorós

    the ones who obtain the toybox, are free to record some videos? so the ones who don’t get the toybx can at least watch it? glad to hear more news about this game, i’m so hyped! can’t wait to it’s release to play it!

  • Dustin Gorham

    and no handheld versions to delay the game :’)

    • hihowareyou232 .

      The Wii U version will be delayed, then eventually cancelled…Or, I’d be willing to guess that’s what will happen. Hopefully I’m wrong, I’d rather play this on Wii U in all honestly

      • HonoratusHidde

        No it won’t

        • James Christian Meetze

          It depends on when the game is released. The NX is being released March of next year. If it comes out after the NX, I have a feeling that they would port it to NX instead of the soon to be replaced Wii U. Nintendo is lying about replacing the Wii U. It’s failed keeping support for it will cost them money and it’d be a waste of time.

          • HonoratusHidde

            Thing is, Playtonic is releasing this game, not Nintendo. Nintendo might have abandoned the Wii U, but Playtonic won’t necessarily. Bringing Yooka-Laylee to the Wii U was a stretchgoal, so they will probably still release it for the Wii U. Maybe with an NX port coming too, but the game will release on the Wii U.

          • The game is being made in Unity. There’s no “porting”. Given how well Unity (the company) and Nintendo get along, I think it’s pretty likely that Unity already supports the NX and that dev kits for the NX come with Unity.

            It’s a simple matter of checking off that you want the game built for NX in addition to the Wii U, Xbox One, PS4, PC, Mac, and Linux within Unity.

        • hihowareyou232 .

          I truly hope not…I have faith in Playtonic solely because they came from an era where Rare was one of the best. It’s not a concern on their behalf, more on the capabilities of the Wii U. Not bashing Wii U, just stating a fact that isn’t doesn’t have the specs the PS4/Xbox One or a decent PC does. The Wii U is the console I want to get this game on TBH

      • Vahanuir

        You, sir, or ma’am, are psychic, because that is exactly what happened 🙁
        Oh well, I’m still playing on PC though!

  • AGuyWithFood

    All aboard the hype train!

  • Jordan Brian Crownshaw

    And so Mr B is Playtonic’s way of breaking their ties of Banjo Kazooie :^)
    But yeah, it looks amazing 😀 Exactly like something you guys would make, I can’t wait. Love the environment.

  • Daniel

    You couldn’t have picked a better bad guy than Gru!

  • Mateus Bastos Matias

    I wanted on my Wii U

  • disqus_izKB2mVZ9T

    So excited!

  • Bill_Cipher

    Excited as hell.

  • Troy Rogers

    can’t wait to play it!

    mumbo jumbo passing the torch onto Dr. Puzz

  • Best news for today! Way to end the week. Thank you!

  • UndaKuva

    Yes. Please.

  • Yagami

    oh my god i can’t wait! O_O

  • Steven Ronald Mallon

    I hope you guys are planning to make a “Yooka-Laylee” amiibo for Nintendo.

    • Yevo

      the console is dead, it would be a mistake.

      • Steven Ronald Mallon

        Ah, typical salty NX reveal hater.

        • Yevo

          I don’t give a damn about the NX. wiiU was the last mistake, sticking to Nintendo’s handhelds is a much better choice.

          • Steven Ronald Mallon

            Hey, that’s your opinion, man! I, for one, happen to own a Wii U (it’s an actual console, btw) and I do love it! If you don’t have one yourself, that’s fine, I won’t blame you.

          • Jacob Rush

            The Wii U is great I don’t understand why companies just didn’t get behind it. With that said I do believe Nintendo is moving forward with the NX, but Amiibo is a huge seller for Nintendo! It will be working with their future systems certainly. So I totally would love a Yooka Laylee Amiibo too! I think it will definitely happen.

        • Triggerpigking

          …well that is correct..the wii u is dead, nintendo keep saying it’s not but the release schedule says it all. That being said, they might make an amiibo if they port it to nx.

  • Leinad McIntyre

    Must. Have. [drooling_face.gif]

  • Corgfuzzled ’16

    Goddamn, I cannot wait!! My eternal thanks to Playtonic for making a modern game I am beyond excited to see! Proud to be a backer for a British made masterpiece in the making… Yooka Laylee!! <3

    Do you guys plan to make more games…? *puppy eyes*

  • Seaphron

    Man the hype is real. Can’t wait to see more!

  • Shotgun Ninja

    I think I just did something inappropriate at work because of this article.

  • I wish I had backed.
    I really, really do.
    Well, I can’t wait for more.

  • TwinspectreGaming101

    Can you feel the excitment? because I do

  • :)

    YEEEEESSSS

  • MarcManGames

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Steven Kelling

    I wish I knew about the kickstarter earlier And least then I would have been able to back it and try out the toybox. 🙁

  • Emil Lipiński

    AWESOME!!!

  • BazookaSamurai

    Absolutely incredible. Please take all the time you need to release something you can be proud of.

  • link2metroid

    OMG! Looking sweet! I can’t wait to play this.

  • Eric Barton

    I can’t get over the first picture, it’s so pretty! I’m so glad I backed this project! 😀

  • Leroy Jenkins

    Heavy breathing intensifies

  • Creepercreeps101

    YAY

  • Raposa Vid4 Lok4

    Sim,SIM!

  • Komaru

    HYPE

  • Kirk Kerrigan

    at this rate yooka laylee will be out before a hat in time

  • Creepercreeps101

    I can’t wait for this game

  • Juan D.Gonzales

    this express my feelings.

  • Creepercreeps101

    Mario’s reaction to this game

    • TetraBitGaming

      What are the odds of me finding you here?

  • link2metroid

    Please take your time with this game. I don’t mind waiting, I just hope it realises its full potential.

    • Frank Costanza

      Well not Mighty Number 9 amount of time. I’d rather know a game is delayed for years sooner rather than later :

  • DarkVader

    Please do a Nintendo NX version, pleaaaase 🙂
    I’d still buy it in Wii U, buy the 2 versions!

    • MarcoPolo77

      I agree. NX is coming.

  • Julien Humbert

    This is awesome ! But I will keep waiting till you guys finish polishing it.

  • Tribe

    THIS IS INCREDIBLE!!!! I love the story you guys concocted. Really fits in contrast to Yooka and Laylee’s natural “fairytale” vibe, which makes a really great foe in my opinion. Capital B sounds like a formidable villain, and the doctor characters seem really interesting… See, this is what we wanted. Imagination. Not just a retread of everything that came before and not a total departure ala Nuts n’ Bolts, but something familiar, yet fresh at the same time… Can’t wait to play the demo. I’d ask if it’ll be available for consoles but I probably wouldn’t get an answer… Still, can’t wait to see all this in motion come E3!

  • yourma2000

    FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, YOU NEEEEEED TO EDIT IN SOME SWEATY ARMPITS FOR THE MAIN ANTAGONIST!!!

  • xSEINFELDx

    Yes. YES. YESSSS

  • Churry

    I can’t wait…

  • Jon McGuire

    I’ve waited years for this kind of game. Thank you for finally bringing Banjo’s successor to fruition, it looks absolutely marvelous. Very exciting to hear it will be at E3, I’m hoping for a nice trailer that finally shows everything thus far altogether.

  • Kazekai

    I kinda hope that toybox becomes available for everyone at some point, I don’t think I could afford that tier at the time D:

  • Kosmo the backer

    This is all we wanted, and more. Something feels like a kick in some nuts and bolts for a certain big company, and I couldn’t love it more. 😀

  • βelle ♡

    No NX version right? Like this is for Wii U?

    • xSEINFELDx

      It is Wii U, yes.

      • βelle ♡

        Yay! thanks kramer lol

        • xSEINFELDx

          Of course!

  • Is it too late to increase my funding…

  • Rebecca Rhean

    I have so much hype I might explode. I am so excited. You guys are amazing. I love you. Good job. A+. Keep it up. You are superstars.

  • Agoonga

    I did not donate money to the kickstarter because I am broke as sheeit and knew y’all were gonna get all the money because youse guys kick butt. You’ve had my emotionial support from the beginning. Western RPGs will make a comeback and Yuka-Laylee will inspire more. 😉

  • RobotJudas

    15 years waiting. They were worth.

  • Necromagenvion

    This… this whole thing is like witnessing the very heart of Nirvana.

    • hihowareyou232 .

      The heart of Kurt Cobain is one many people may not want to see…It’s pretty dark :p

  • itsspaladin

    Kreygasm

  • Kallumsmarties

    What a gorgeous looking game. I honestly cannot wait for this!

  • John Enigma
  • Pedro Gonzalez

    You guys are the friggin BEST!
    I’m so excited about this game, it is easily my most anticipated game of 2016 (barring any delays of course =P)

  • deek

    Please don’t let Play Tonics and the non-linear move learning detract from the Banjo exploration experience. And never forget that the most magical areas of Banjo–the ones that feel like there’s a secret behind the walls–are usually indoors! Outdoor areas are great for exploration, but usually the hidden indoor secrets within secrets are the ones that make us feel like every prop and painting has some mystery behind it. I only say these things out of love~, like all things, there must be a balance between outdoor and indoor areas, or even hidden outdoor-indoor areas like say underwater caves (did that make sense?)

    The pagies, look super funny, the new magic meter thing sounds interesting, and the underwater screenshot is gorgeous! The ice one looks like it could use some changes with the composition and lighting–the blue is a smidgen bit overbearing. Capital B looks ever so slightly too much like Dru from Despicable Me, but everything else looks and sounds incredibly hypeworthy. I only hope he does something as fun as rhyming. (I can hear his grunts already)

    Anyway, I know I’m riding you guys but this update really got me incredibly hyped, and I can’t thank you enough for reassuring me yet again that this is a real project by real ex-rare members.

  • Cris

    this pre-alpha image looks like a 3D Mario World or Even Mario Galaxy esk with a different art direction

  • cake92

    i can’t wait 4 this game

  • CheeseLink302

    Dude this is looking to be great so far!!!!

  • MadDemon64

    Wait a second…evil corporate overlord who wants to consume all literature in order to maximize his profits…is this some sort of message about modern video game companies prioritizing the bottom line sales over creativity?

  • Deliciously satisfying and certainly worth the wait. I love the updates to the logo, and the environments just make me want to leap in and start exploring!

  • Applepie

    SLAY PLAYTONIC SLAY

  • BlueGoose

    That honey comb on the cane must be a reference to Banjo-Kazooie! It literally looks like the same model.

  • Victor Olavarria

    DUDE I’M CRYING WTH

  • ‘Michalis X’Paraskevas

    call me greedy, but i would like to hear some new yooka laylee music too. Also, theres a new character next to retro sixtyfourus and kartos. New info please… (i assume dr. Quack is the one on the right shoulder of Capital C.).

    • Something Fawful

      They mentioned Dr. Puzz is multi-limbed and Dr. Puzz could be pronounced a pun on Octopus (Doctopus) so I’m imagining that’s who that is.

  • Just a quick question, but will you guys be doing back only updates that only alas backers can see (like a lot of other projects) or will everyone be able to see all updates? If the former, just a reminder that several backers won’t be able to see it because of payment problems (I think you guys set up an external backing thing for those guys including myself)

    Either way, in thoroughly looking forward to it 🙂

  • EarthenWarrior

    YEAAAH OMFG I AM CANT CONTAIN HYPE
    YESSSSSSSS YESYESYESYESYESYES
    YOOKA LAYLEE FIREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jonathon West

    That’s awesome guys! Thank you so Much!

  • Cameron Ward

    Curious, if you all do decide to move the Wii U version to NX, can people who chose the console version of the game change at any time?

  • R.Z.

    The new header is such a throwback to 64 era box-art … I’m in love.

  • Fukhi Napper †

    Awesome work 😀

  • DavidGX

    PLEASE make sure the PC version has proper 21:9 support! That’s all I ask!

    • Micheal Winger

      Depending on how the game was developed – if this support isn’t already available, it may be too much of an undertaking to support it.

      • DavidGX

        I’d be pretty surprised if a new, modern game didn’t have 21:9 support. Even Stardew Valley does.

        • Micheal Winger

          Likewise. What I meant was that if it doesn’t already have that support (would be surprised as much as you about that), then there can be reasons why it’d be problematic to add that support. There are a lot more scenarios where it’s also trivial to add that support in afterwards if it doesn’t already have it.

  • Travis “Ihsman07” Dunning

    YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!

  • I’d laugh if the pre-alpha toy box was ultimately left in the final version of the game, but as a secret area that other players could experience themselves but only if they find some ludicrous hidden item like the legendary Crystal Key of the original B-K.

    Only to find this secret world which is just a jumbled mish mash of left over development assets, lol.

  • SuperDrummerGirl

    I’ve been waiting for this! This looks great! It definitely has that Banjo-Kazooie feel.

  • BarryDunne

    Is there any way to still support through PayPal? I would love to pre-pay now for the game 😀

  • James Rundle

    😀 The spiritual Banjo-Threeie I’ve waited 16 years for is finally around the bend.

  • arnold romo

    so gameplay wise, it’s exactly like banjo-kazooie (exploring a building for an overworld and unlocking different worlds in said building by using collectibles). neat

  • gimme moar!!

  • Antony Juan

    OOHHHHHH YESSSSS

  • smashbrolink

    I’m truly and dearly looking forward to this!
    After how poorly Microsoft and Rare have treated the Banjo-Kazooie series, a successor is needed.

    And if you’ll forgive the cheesiness of the pun, this game seems to be hitting all the right “notes” for me, as a Bear and Bird fan.^_-

    Glad it’s still coming to Wii U, too, but I hope there’s potential for an NX version in the future after all other versions are said and done!

  • Matheus Ozanan Assunção

    OMFG!!!!!!!!! *0*

  • ELGAMES

    BEAUTIFUL

  • Cogen

    I kinda wish it was Professor Puzz instead of Dr. Puzz. The alliteration makes it role off the tongue and sound right, thing is I’d just rather not have a Dr. Puzz and Dr. Quack as the word Doctor for both of them doesn’t make it feel like they’re that unique, and seeing that they share their BackStory I could be nice to see that difference in names. I know this is kinda a dumb thing to ask for a change but it’s just my thoughts. They don’t need to change it if they don’t want to as it is their game.

    With that stupid little complaint out of the way I can’t wait for this game, I remember my days of playing “Banjo & Kazooie” as a youngster. What’s weird though is that I have started my own game of the same genre and the original idea was to have a Corporate Walrus as the main Antagonist, he’s a Wizard Walrus now but it’s just strange to see that Playtonic is using an Idea we decided against (Not that it’s related in any way).

    • Nick Schaedel

      The clue is in “tentacled technician” – you need to say ‘Doctor Puzz’ like ‘octopus’ with a D. Then it all makes sense and rolls off the tongue.

      • Cogen

        I honestly did not notice that.

        • Nick Schaedel

          Problem was they couldn’t go with Doctor Pus… 😛

          • Cogen

            The could have at least done Professor Quack.

  • Janus366

    I like how the plotline sounds like an allegory to the story of Rare with Microsoft and the birth of Playtonic xD

  • hihowareyou232 .

    Anyone wanna make a bet this gets canned for Wii U like a lot of other kickstarter games have?

  • Excitement vibrations throughout my body…

  • Lee Martin

    Looking good guys. I just can’t wait! 🙂

  • Andrew Beer

    I think a little wee came out 😮

  • J Lee

    The first 3 images are just concept art from what I can tell but I like what I’ve read on what has been and is the focus.

    • Something Fawful

      Not sure what you’re defining as the first three (that’s to say if you’re counting the header or the logo) but I’m fairly sure the swimming one is gameplay, Andy referenced it on his twitter: https://twitter.com/AndyPlaytonic/status/733704188773961730

      • J Lee

        I stand corrected! This is a stunning screenshot!

  • Green

    If possible you guys should try and add toybox to the final game, just for messing around.

  • Agent Rose

    I hope the models get ripped from the Toybox for Gmod.

  • Ty

    I am loving just where this game is going. It has the look and feel of a Banjo-Kazooie game with enough differences to give it the feel of a brand-new game.

    Extra points for the “take-that” to Rare, Microsoft, and the people who agreed to the buy-out. Extra-extra points for characters that represent those that left to found Playtonic Games.

    • Something Fawful

      Err.. ignore this comment, I put it on the wrong message. Leaving this here because you may have been emailed.

  • Randall

    I LIKE THE NEW YOOKA-LAYLEE LOGO, WITH THE K HAVING YOOKA’S FRILLS; AND THE UNIQUE VILLIANS, AND ALLIES!!!!!!!! THIS JUST KEEPS GETTING B-E-T-T-E-R AND B-E-T-T-E-R!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KEEP UP THE E-X-C-E-L-L-E-N-T WORK, PLAYTONIC GAMES!!!!!!!!!

  • Richard Dodds

    Fuk u kickstarters im gonna havfe u all banned n no demo 4 u fkrs

  • Boo3DSmashBoo

    Yessss, this is looking crisp

  • James Christian Meetze

    “THE INGENIOUS TECH FIRM QUACK CORP HAD BEEN SUBJECT TO A HOSTILE SWOOP BY DIABOLICAL PUBLISHING CORPORATION IN HIVORY TOWERS. TOGETHER THEY WERE ABOUT TO LAUNCH THEIR MOST DEVIOUS SCHEME YET, ALL UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF CUNNING BUZZNESS EXECUTIVE CAPITAL B!”

    Did you guys just make a reference to Rare being taken over by Microsoft? Because that’s fucking funny.

  • James Christian Meetze

    Seeing this makes me wish Playtonic would get a hold of Spyro or Bubsy the Bobcat.

  • Kyle8497

    The hard work of industry legends.

  • Dark Crow I

    Somehow I didn’t notice these two the first time I looked at the new artwork

  • Dark Crow I

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  • Codster9

    Wii U-ka Laylee

  • Moon Sarito

    Sabe o quê seria legal ?, ele vir em português-brasil xD

    PLEASE COME FOR WII U AND BRING A AMIIBO, I NEED THIS *w*

  • Eric Farmer

    Sounds great! I can’t wait to try the toxbox.

  • TheKirbyFan128

    Love the design and idea of Capital B. Slightly reminds me of the original DKC games.

  • Wow, that pic of them running with Capital B behind him is the perfect throwback to the original Banjo Kazooie box art!

  • B-man

    Looks cool.

  • Jon-Luke Willemsen

    I wish there was a way to buy into the Sandbox now, as I didn’t have any money last year, when the Kickstarter was ongoing… 🙁

  • Juril Moore

    I’m so dissapointed of myself. I didn’t fund this game at all since I didn’t know about it until it was over. I really wanted to fund it generously but didn’t get the chance. But surely I will buy it when it comes out (I’m super rare/banjo fan!)

  • Jay

    This is incredible stuff. So glad you’re delivering on everything you promised…and more!

  • Shade

    Oh god, i really want to know the date, i already have money stored JUST for this! ;D (i wish i could have backed this ;( but time didn’t let me) ;D well, at least it’s a new… news

  • KarRuptAssassin

    I wasnt able to get Banjo Kazooie until recently. Im glad Ill finally be able to play a new platformer, and im glad its making a return as a genre amongst all the fps crankouts.

  • Sam Costello

    This gave me all sorts of feels. I am so excited for this game. It looks gorgeous so far. I’m hoping some of those who got the Toybox will post videos on YouTube

  • Luca Dario Bützberger

    My childhood comes back! Finnaly! 😀

  • Austint30

    Playtonic, is there a platforming feature where you could climb on vines along walls or something along the lines of that? It would be cool to climb on walls and ceilings and stuff all sneaky like 007.

  • Christine Redfield

    Is Yooka Laylee still coming out this year? Any chance of a NX release?

  • DynastyStar

    Looking forward to the gameès release! Seems like you guys have for the most part learned from Inafune’s mistakes.

  • SuperDrummerGirl

    I’m so glad that we get to see more about this game! Looking forward to when the game officially comes out! 🙂

  • Taylor Burke

    I loved Rare. You guys are awesome. Hope the game turns out great!

  • Gallant Goon

    such yes much happy

  • Ironmechgamez

    Can’t wait to do a let’s play on this w/ my girlfriend Katellyn Rey

    • Ironmechgamez

      btw, she’s not fat, she’s um well…. (you get the idea by now)

      • Powie

        No one really cares about Minecraft anymore, and your girlfriend might be a dude irl. Sorry to break it to you, better to rip that bandaid off quickly.

  • Juan D.Gonzales

    the child in me is screaming”YAY IT’S BANJO KAZOOIE!” the adult in me is saying”ugh…this is going to hurt my wallet” and the teen in me is saying”who cares you old fart, buy the damn game, it’s Banjo” now the child and the teen are screaming”BUY IT, BUY IT, BUY IT, BUY IT” The old man in me is saying”don’t worry, it’s worth it” and there it goes…the adult in me lost again…..

  • Sunjinjo

    I love you all so much.

  • sheepdestroyer

    Please, VR mode compatible with Rift/Vive

  • Michael Spitzer

    Y: “Capital B? You mean like in ‘You really are a capital B…’?”
    L: “Yooka! There are children playing this game!”
    Y: “Relax, Laylee, i was going to say ‘Businessman’, anyhow.”

  • Darren Stauffer

    How many worlds do you reckon there will be in this game?

  • matt

    but i didn’t know about the games kickstarter till it was over 🙁 does that mean i can’t play in the toy box

  • night shroud96

    A part of me doesn’t like it if characters speak gibberish instead of an actual language…. I hope there is a t”urns off (pointless) voice” option