Mein Birthday Kart

It’s our Birthday! 

Well, sort of. Or not at all – there’s been some debate about that. Call it our ‘official’ Birthday, a bit like the Queen’s, except less to do with the commonwealth and more to do with when we got around to ordering our desks from Ikea.

Most companies celebrate anniversaries with cake (for us that’s simply ‘a weekday’), although we prefer to mark the occasion by hiring yet *more* people, which means that the Playtonic team has more than doubled in size since our official ‘coming out’ in the February 2015 issue of Edge magazine.

Please say hello to Gary, Hamish and Damien. Go on, audibly mouth it at this JPEG:

Hamish, Gary and Damien. Nutters.
Hamish, Gary and Damien. Nutters.

Veteran environment artist Damien has worked on the Banjo-Kazooie, Conker and Perfect Dark series of games. He’s also just finished sculpting a range of Fighting Fantasy Miniatures for Ian Livingstone, which makes his LinkedIn page look extra impressive.

Talbot, another experienced artist of almost 20 years, is an animator by trade and has worked on the Banjo-Kazooie and Perfect Dark series of games, as well as the upcoming Sea of Thieves. He did the cut-scenes for all sorts of titles, including motion capping all the death animations in Perfect Dark Zero – without crash mats, because he’s well ‘ard.

Young Hamish Lockwood is an Australian. He’s also done some game design, which includes building levels for a host of indie hits such as Stealth Inc and Mike Bithell’s Volume. He’s not worked on Banjo-Kazooie or Perfect Dark, but to be honest I think we’ve hired enough of them for one month.

The exciting trio join the Yooka-Laylee team during a crucial development window, as we strap in and soar towards our final destination. Speaking of development…


Lots of stuff going on at Playtonic Towers. Many things. A plethora of gubbins. Would you like to see some of them?

Despite the fact that it’s OUR birthday and you’re supposed to give US a present, we’ve prepared a few tantalising Yooka-Laylee teasers, which should be enough to keep you going until such time as we’re ready to fire entire gameplay into your face via a WMV pillow cannon.

David Wise: you like him. We like him. He’s done a new challenge tune. Here’s what it sounds like:

Lovely, isn’t it? Very cheerful. This particular piece is designed to accompany a section of the game starring our latest character reveal, Kartos. During their adventure, Yooka and Laylee will have many encounters with this humble minecart, and together they’ll hit the tracks in search of paper-shaped golden nuggets.

Father of Kartos, Mr Kev Bayliss explains: “In true Playtonic fashion, we wanted to make this character as fun as possible. He’s old school, so we wanted him to look old fashioned, rather than modern. He actually looks like a bad DIY project by myself, and I’m sure I’ve seen some of his body parts lying around in my shed at home!

The God of Ore.
The God of Ore.

“Yooka will be taking advantage of Kartos and his services, as he is for ‘hire’ at various stages in the game. And why not? After all, his slogan is ‘Mein Kart ist Ihre Kart’ after all!”


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Your Comments

  • James Covenant

    The new tune sounds like’s it right out of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze … which is no bad thing!

  • Robin Scherbatsky

    You guys do realize that your try on German – “Mein Kart ist Ihre Kart” – is grammatically incorrect, right? (Psst, it’d be “Mein Kart ist Ihr Kart” or “Mein Kart ist dein Kart” in case you want to be informal)
    Other than that, love the tune! And Kartos is really adorable in a weird-uncle-who-wants-to-go-on-adventures kind of way.

    • Erunion

      Pretty sure they added the “e” to make Ihr into an anagram for Hire.

  • Kane Brough

    Kartos looks bloody fantastic. MAN, Yooka-Laylee is gonna be something else!!

  • link2metroid

    Keep up the good work guys!

  • Peter Jackson

    “I’m sure I’ve seen some of his body parts lying around in my shed at home!”

    Someone should quote him out of the context of this article.

  • Pedro Gonzalez

    The excitement is real!

    I love David Wise’s new tune. I’m going to need that son dr rack when the game is done. XD

    I can’t wait to see what the updated Gameplay is going to look like when you guys are ready to show it!

    BTW we’ve seen some fantastic character s in a lot of updates, any chance of teasing new/updated level concepts? 😉

    Happy Birthday Playtonic! And keep up the good work! This is without doubt my most anticipated game of the year!

  • Rialgar

    Love the design and the music, can’t wait to meet him in-game!

    That German translation hurt, “Ihre” is very wrong. It would be “dein” (informal singular) or “euer” (informal plural). Formal versions may be “Ihr” or “Euer”, the second one being technically outdated with a medieval ring to it. “Ihre” is, if anything, third person, not second. (Before anyone asks if I’m sure, I am German and yes, and yes they sound totally different, the “e” is everything but silent). And if that is a pun on “hire”, it is not worth it in my opinion, but I may be alone with that.

    Also “Kart” is usually a Go-Kart, a Minecart would be a “Lore”, but I appreciate the pun in that one.

    I think “Mein Kart ist dein Kart” is much better, it is closest to the German for “My home is your home”, preserves the major and has this nice rhymy ring to it.

    And thus I successfully over-analyzed a pun … again. Well, at least it was fun 😛

    • Wheeljack

      “Mein Kart ist dein Kart” is short and to the point, while “euer” does sound just a little bit like “hire”. It’s quite a stretch but depending on the voice actor you could make that work 🙂

      • Rialgar

        Oohh, I like the “euer” – “hire” similarity, din’t see that one for some reason

  • Nick Butler

    happy birthday Playtonic! keep up the good work. so hyped for this game!

  • Alistair Hathaway

    Another classic piece from David Wise! Also impressed with how many ex-Banjo devs you’re snapping up, like they’re rare amiibos. Happy birthday, so glad Playtonic games exists!

  • TylerF

    Hey, it’s like King (or “Mud”) from Pajama Sam 1!

  • Error

    That song sounds a lot like something I’ve heard before, but I can’t place it.
    Great work everyone!

  • TwinspectreGaming101

    Can’t wait for sure DAY 1 purchase PS4 and hopefully there will be a Retail version 🙂

  • Tribe

    I’m sorry about anything bad I ever said about David Wise.

    Also, I love Mein Kart! He’s amazing. So can’t wait to play this game and just get lost in the world of Yooka-Laylee.

  • KB

    My German is not great, But Jens, on the other hand is erm, pretty fluent. So no worries guys – but hey, just wait until you hear my Italian Plumber! Have a great week! – Glad you like the character and Mr. Wise’s tune!!

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    • Andreas

      Or Mein kart sounds like Mine kart. Which he is 😛

      • Randall

        Mein is German for My

        • Gustav

          No shit. What he means that it’s not a pun on “my cart” but of “minecart” as it sounds like that when combining the two words.

  • JasonBall

    Nice! The sense of humor of you guys is fantastic! I’m in love with this game and we’ve only seen a few snippets!
    Wouldn’t a Yooka-Laylee amiibo be great? They made a Shovel Knight, so anything’s possible!

  • Jorge Simão

    Kartos reminds me a minigame in Donkey Kong 64, in which Diddy should collect coins 🙂 Nice character, Bayliss! 🙂

  • Consilium

    When should we expect the ToyBox to be finished/released?

  • TheKirbyFan128

    Ha that’s funny.
    Mein Kart
    pretty sure it translates to “My Kart” or something, but it also sounds like “Mine Kart”… Which is what he is.

  • MarcoPolo77

    I hope there are transitions like in Banjo Tooie from a fire level to an ice level, or even weird ones like from a space level to a water level.