Huge Console Patch Out Now!

Good news, everyone: Yooka-Laylee’s first major game update has now been deployed on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One!

This camera’s doing nothin’, just how you like it.

As smug PC types will attest, this rather large update adds more polish than Madame Tussauds’ supply cupboard, including the optional ability to skip dialogue faster, bypass cutscenes (which should please speedrunners), plus a brand new optional camera mode that gives players full control of where it’s pointed – now further improved on console, based on feedback provided by PC players! (These improvements will be coming to PC soon).

Our development data-miners spent the weeks post-release paying close attention to your feedback and hopefully the additions in this update will make Yooka-Laylee an even more enjoyable experience.

Thanks again for your splendid support! Here’s a reminder of the changes and additions in this update…


Update Highlights

  • New music added to the pause menu
  • New manual camera mode added with minimal assist (updated with further viewing distance)
  • Camera design improvements throughout game (less scripted cameras, door cams now appear behind player etc)
  • Pagies have added signposts to Hivory Towers to help guide players to new worlds
  • Design tweaks to all arcade games
  • Improved speed when scrolling through Totals Menu
  • New option for shorter ‘gibberish’ voice sound FX
  • New speech volume option
  • New ability to speed through dialogue by holding Y
  • Cut-scenes can now be skipped with Y
  • New moves section added to pause menu, with image guide
  • Restart option added in the pause menu during arcade games and Kartos challenges
  • ‘Sonar-able’ objects now have clearer visual identity
  • Laser move no longer requires player to crouch
  • Minecart control and hitbox improvements, plus new visual effects
  • Transformation control improvements
  • Improved first-person aiming controls
  • New first-person aiming control options added
  • Improved flying controls
  • When transformed, collecting butterflies now restores energy
  • Hunter tonic now tracks the last 30 Quills and Casino Tokens, in addition to the Health and Power Extenders. It will also whistle at the location of the closest rare collectable.
  • Health UI is now always visible when low
  • Design tweaks in various areas (Black Hole in One, Gloomy Gem Grotto etc)
  • Arcade games now support per player control settings, such as vibration, inverted aim and sensitivity
  • Improved Rampo boss fight
  • Performance improvements
  • Audio improvements


Now compatible with the lowest of attention spans.

Bug Fix highlights

  • Fixed an issue where Pagies would not be saved if the player exchanged Casino Tokens and then closed the game.
  • Fixed an issue where the main environment in Capital Cashino would sometimes disappear when retrying the Knights of Hamalot challenge.
  • Fixed an issue where players would sometimes not reset if they flew off screen in the Up ‘n’ Nova arcade game.
  • Fixed an issue where players would sometimes not be able to move forward in Up ‘n’ Nova after colliding with a Corplet Drone.
  • The ‘delete’ option for save games is now localised when running the game in Russian.
  • Fixed an issue where a floating bridge would occasionally appear in Shipwreck Creek.
  • Fixed an issue where Yooka’s tongue would sometimes disappear when attached to Space Plumbing pipes.
  • Fixed an issue where it was possible to avoid the death trigger when squashed in Moodymaze Marsh’s maze challenge.
  • Fixed a geometry gap in Capital Cashino which the player could fall through.
  • Fixed an issue where electricity SFX in Power Grid could be heard in incorrect places.
  • Fixed an issue where unlocking a Tonic during the Capital Cashino Knights of Hamalot challenge would sometimes lead to a fail.
  • Fixed an issue where the Up N’ Nova Arcade game’s controls would sometimes change slightly when playing for the second time.
  • Fixed an issue where it was possible to become stuck in the Sonar Course in Captial Cashino if the player didn’t have Lizard Leap.
  • Fixed an issue where the player would receive damage when attempting to go into the first laser in the Capital Cashino vault whilst invisible.
  • Fixed an issue where the player would permanently slide if stood in a small gap between two rocks at the base of the lighthouse in Galleon Galaxy.
  • Fixed an issue where failing any Knights of Hamalot challenge and declining to retry would leave the target circle visible in the world.
  • Fixed an issue where Snowmen would speak as if they were missing their hats despite completing the challenge after re-entering Glitterglaze Glacier.
  • Fixed an issue where the player would remain in the death state after respawning from failing the moving maze challenge in Moodymaze Marsh.
  • Fixed an issue where it was possible to press the first switch in Murky Passage without actually being on it.
  • The save icon is now correctly displayed after selecting either Return To Hub or Save And Quit.
  • Fixed an issue where the player would enter their fall animation when standing in a specific area of Capital Cashino’s vault room.
  • Fixed an issue where dying as you hit the last target in Duke’s target challenge would sometimes softlock the game.
  • Fixed an issue where dying in the first room of the Icymetric Palace maze would cause the player to spawn behind the entrance.
  • Fixed an incorrect German translation during Rampo’s challenge.
  • Fixed an issue where some of the flashing crystals in Crystalline Cave lost their colliders when the challenge was completed.
  • Fixed an issue where dying during the Moodymaze Marsh maze challenge would sometimes prevent the player from being able to use the Grand Tome to exit the world.
  • Fixed an issue where the game would softlock when dying as the timer hit zero in the Adam Ferguson room challenge in Icymetric Palace.
  • Fixed an issue where the player sometimes wouldn’t unlock the Super Sized or Sssmashing Achievements, despite completing their objectives.
    • IMPORTANT PS4 TROPHY NOTE: Due to platform policy, those affected by this issue on PS4 will NOT have any missing Trophies automatically awarded, without starting a new game. However, affected Xbox players will automatically unlock any missing Achievements.
  • Fixed an issue where the player was able to go beneath the ice in Tribalstack Tropics.
  • Fixed an issue where Swamp transformation challenge pressure switches weren’t in the correct positions on challenge reset.
  • Fixed an issue where Capital B could sometimes damage the player during the final boss fight whilst the player could not move.
  • Fixed an issue where parts of the trees in Shipwreck Creek would be culled when viewed from underwater.
  • Fixed an issue where Capital Cashino target course doors could be triggered multiple times.
  • Fixed an issue where Tongue slot machines in Capital Cashino would sometimes be semi-interactive when they should be deactivated.
  • Fixed an issue where the Capital Cashino Sonar Shot challenge final door would sometimes temporarily lock the player in.
  • Fixed an issue where the oxygen meter would remain on screen and continue to deplete if the player received damage as the gravity room timer hit zero.
  • Fixed an issue where jump height while using Reptile Roll on slopes would be limited.
  • Fixed a hole in the base geometry of the crossed bones island in Galleon Galaxy.
  • Fixed an issue where the player would sometimes be unable to move after being killed and knocked into a doorway.
  • Fixed an issue where the Arcade Camera would occasionally become jerky.

Joy-Construction Update

The Playtonic team continues to work flat-out on the Nintendo Switch version of Yooka-Laylee. We’re aware of the huge demand for more news on this and appreciate your patience as we work out the final issues.

Just what the dock-tor ordered

As soon as we’re 100% confident with this version and everything is approved, we will make sure you’re first to know the release date!

Your Comments

  • Vahanuir

    Awesome news! I’m happy to say I’ve been patiently awaiting the Switch version and know that as long as it’s being worked on carefully so as to avoid any further complications like with past releases, I’ll get it soon enough, so that I can play at last! *Now I just need a Switch*……

  • Serena Vaters

    I’m excited! When the WiiU version got canned I switched my kickstarter reward to the Switch version. Now, because im moving soon, I had to delay my purchase of Splatoon 2 so when this launches it’ll feel nice to suddenly have another switch game ^_^


    A week ago i’ve platinum’d the game and now the patch comes out…Wonder if “Turning” when flying, running, ball running or worst case Rextro’s racing arcade turning is fixed too..

    • Caleb Alan

      Congrats on the plat!! That’s a really good one

  • Ryan Morrow

    Awesome but my PS4 is broken right now 🙁 about time it got updated

  • Phazer

    Any fix for the input lag?

  • Caleb Alan

    This is an amazing update! You guys rock!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thanks for the updates, Playtonic! I know us fans are ready for the Switch port, but it’s imperative you guys not rush things if technical issues arise. Stay encouraged!

  • Dylan Barrett

    Awesome! I really hope you release a physical copy for the Switch!

  • ckdiz

    I respect how you took the time to get feedback on PC and implement improvements before pushing the console update – in spite of my eagerness to finish the game after it was available on PS4. Props. Thanks!

  • Miguel Angel Rios Alcaraz

    I have not purchased the game yet, however these type of updates increase the hype! Hope I get ASAP for my PS4! CONGRATULATIONS PT!

  • Seth Falconer

    I’m going to update and replay through the game. My kids ask me to all the time! Good work guys!

  • Twilightlicous

    I just wanna know, when your game struggles to run on Xbox One and PS4, how do you expect it to run on the Switch? lol

    • Gramini

      The engine (Unity) always struggle with PS4 and XBOX One, while the Switch’s architecture is more like an overpowered phone, where Unity is well optimised for.

      • Yan Dawid

        The game never really struggled, it was just locked at 30fps, like most console games. Unity, or any modern engine, doesn’t natively struggle on any computer – it’s just how it’s used and how it’s optimised (and it’s not optimised for mobile, it has optimsational options for mobile that the developer has to take advantage of – it’s not natively better on mobile). The game on PS4, for me, ran no worse than Crash N-Sane Trilogy and honestly Yooka-Laylee packed in more detail on screen than that game ever did. If anything it’s the consoles themselves that are too weak to properly handle multiplatform games that exist on PC (hence why they’re locked at 30fps instead of running free at 60fps).

  • Timo Jünger

    great xD last week i have got the game, finished it yesterday, and exactly now comes the update. xD

    keep up the good work 🙂 ! I love this game 🙂

  • Yan Dawid

    Great that it JUST came out as soon as I beat the freaking game! Haha!
    I’ll replay it when the 64-Bit filter becomes accessible… unless that’s some Stop N Swop sheet I gotta wait for in a sequel? 😉

  • Ultra M 644

    Can’t wait for the Switch version to come out

  • SolidSonicTH

    Is it really so hard to talk about the Switch version? Tell us anything?

    I mean didn’t we help back this game? The Switch backers even took on the additional wait time instead of demanding a refund (if they were Wii U backers initially). Don’t you appreciate it?

    • Ty

      I would prefer them to actually come out with the true reasons why it’s taking so long. I wouldn’t care that it’s taking so long if there was some substance as to why.

    • Melody Jackson

      Settle down. Play another game.

      • SolidSonicTH

        HEY, I need more Switch games.

  • Yan Dawid

    Just noticed the “Loading Exposition” got bumped up from 50.1% to 75%… what’s gonna happen???

  • Dominick Ménard

    Seriously, the Nindies have past, and we havent got a release date yet. It’s been almost a month since your last news about Yooka-Laylee on the Switch.

    I really hope you will think about the die hard fans,

  • Alexander Weinbach

    Im still waiting for this game to take Its place along side the other switch games .. I want IT so bad !!