Spit ‘n’ Polish

Hello and welcome to the first ever post-game-release Playtonic community update!

Yooka-Laylee has been in the wild for two whole weeks and we’ve been positively overchuffed by the response from fans and backers around the world! We’ve very much enjoyed reading your feedback, lurking on your livestreams and absorbing your lovely comments, so thanks again for the support! It’s been emotional.

Yes we cam

Thanks to you lot, some 20 developers remain off the streets, mostly fed and in a stronger position than ever to continue creating colourful, personality-plump adventures!

But first… we’ve got some spit ‘n’ polish to deploy.

In the days since launch – and as we work with speed towards the Nintendo Switch – the dev team has been frogmarched back down into the development mines to uncover our next big game update, which will add significant improvements and introduce some of the most requested features.

That means stuff like the optional ability to skip dialogue faster, bypass cutscenes or reduce those pesky gibberish voices, which should please the speedrunners among us. We’ll also be adding a sprinkling of design polish throughout the adventure and by popular request, changes to how the camera operates (gif the image on this page a look).

You can expect a more detailed breakdown of the game update in the coming weeks, as we continue to tinker around with the coding furnace. Until then, here’s a bit more of what we’ve been up to…

Plus Two

Freshly decanted from the employee snare-barrels, this month we release Matt Griffin and Chris Woods to run wild amongst the Playtonic team!

A buddy duo in the making

Audio man Matt is known for making various Lego games noisy, from Marvel, to Batman, Hobbit and more. A sly and streetwise sound designer, Griffin immediately signalled his cunning to the team by opting to start during Yooka’s release week, smirking with satisfaction as he munched away at the launch day cake, before retiring to the pub to recover from a ‘tough’ start to his Playtonic career.

Operations manager Chris joins fresh from a background in compliance for the erm, Ministry of Justice. These days he lays down the law in the Playtonic office, enforcing our strict kitchen rules and judging us with a menacing gaze whenever rubbish isn’t placed into the correctly labelled wastepaper bin. Chris’s job is to take the heavy non-development weight off everyone’s creaking shoulders, thus freeing up the entire team to spend more time doing what they do best… eat cake (and make games).

Welcome aboard, gents.

Now Shipping

One for your record books


Pretty things, sir? Lovely, shiny stuff? You’ll be wanting to head over to our chums at Fangamer and Laced records for a bundle of brilliant bargains then.

This week Fangamer have added a brand new design to their spiffing roster of Yooka-Laylee tshirts and to celebrate they’re offering free shipping on all lizard-and-bat-related goods until May 3! Go on, stick your browser over there, sir.

Laced Records meanwhile have started shipping the very lovely Yooka-Laylee vinyl record pack! We’re told that if you purchase one of these, Grant Kirkhope will produce a personalised sonnet and read it aloud at your doorstep.




Community Highlights: Tongue wagging tunes

This month has seen Yooka-Laylee land in public hands for the first time, and naturally a cloud-based warehouse of silly videos. Our favourites include the tongue-based nonsense from Achievement Hunter, 8-bit remixes, Vendi’s biggest fan and this amazing performance from the Leeds International Festival orchestra:

Kickstarter Troubleshooting

If you’re a Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter backer and need to discuss a problem with your game, please contact us via the Kickstarter messaging system. We are aware of a small number of territories experiencing issues with the postage system and where applicable, tracking numbers should be available via your Backer Kit account.

For those who missed the first shipment due to unfinished Backerkit forms, we’re now looking to prepare and dispatch these orders shortly, along with all t-shirts and signed posters.

Thanks for your patience and support – and we hope you enjoy the game!

Your Comments

  • Cory

    what is this

    • Ashley Hawkins


    • zeldagaymer93

      It’s updated now.

  • Juan D.Gonzales

    Glad to hear there is going to be updates soon.

    Hope you guys fix the keyboard controls soon the( B) “backspace” botton doesn’t work.

  • Mitchell Johnson

    Can you please add “save and exit” to the menu in this update? As a husband, father, and worker on call, nothing is worse than spending time collecting quills, or reaching a treasure that doesn’t auto save, and then trying to find a save point in a rush. Worst part of the game in my opinion. The other items you mentioned will be great as well. My son and I are really enjoying it.

    • Azuardo

      Seriously, this. One of my biggest frustrations in any game is not knowing when a game has saved or what you need to do to trigger it. A save and quit option like the Banjo games makes so much sense.

    • 小学生 ✔️

      The only way I found was to run to the beginning of the level, exit the level and quit the game, that way it saves the newly aquired quills

    • Cosmo K

      Yes. Save and Quit would be nice. The Xbox One keeps ALL other games open where you left off(When turned off/ Home button)…so its usually not a big issue, but this game just exits and quits automatically. Odd

    • Kyle

      yes we need this, seriously.

    • Carlos Silex

      This game was predestined for Nintendo consoles, YOUR FAIL AND BETRAYAL.


      • BrokenSkullZero

        …. ok

      • Umad?

        They really should have released for the Nintendo systems first. Could have been a more polished game.

      • Damian DelaRosa Maganda

        Wasnt really their fault Nintendo jumped ship from the Wii U so early in it’s life span.

      • PressQuit 💠

        You can let yourself out now… ..

    • Gummi

      While we wait for an update like this, I think the various platforms’ sleep/suspend modes can save you in a pinch.
      No need to save the game if the game is never “truly” shut down.

      • Though turns out when I suspend my mid-2016 Macbook Pro while playing Y-L, it reliably crashes the entire operating system on resume

        • Gummi

          To be fair that is the Mac gaming experience in general. Gotta find the good games that happen to work and stick to it.

    • Ryan Morrow

      Yes a ‘save and exit’ option would be nice! @playtonicGamrs

    • Damian DelaRosa Maganda

      Yeah a Save and Exit would be wonderful, my only peeve with the game. Everything else has been pretty enjoyable.

    • Executive

      This. A million times this. “Save And Exit” is a must-have for collect-a-thon games like this one.

  • Joshua Jimenez

    hope there’s an option to keep the orginal camer for those of us, who had no problems with it… kinda seems somewhat restrictive, the new one.

    • Wilson Pascoal

      Restrictive? It looks to me like they removed the auto camera positioning and will allow the player to control the camera more accurately which is important for controlling the characters more accurately.

  • Nathan

    As much as the gibberish speak is good for nostalgia, it’s not that good a choice for today’s games. Considering that it was only used on the N64 due to hardware limitations i hope you don’t go down that path again.. Conner nailed it. Voice characters are much better..

    • Corentin D

      It’s a game made for nostalgics players, I really enjoy those voices tbh.

    • Joshua Jimenez

      just because something was originally done due to limitations, doesn’t mean it can’t be a legitimate artistic choice… just look at all those 8-bit or 16-bit styled games, despite those not being the limitations of the hardware anymore.

      • Nathan

        Never said it couldn’t be an artistic choice. I said I prefer voice actors…

  • All these changes sound swell! I’m glad you guys took the criticisms to heart and didn’t dismiss them. When I pick up Yooka Laylee in the future (and who knows what platform it’ll be), I’d want to play the definitive version of it. So keep on, Playtonic! 🙂

  • Wilson Pascoal

    Oh so the t-shirts are only going available in the near future. No wonder I haven’t received it. Thanks for the info, and that camera update… is going to be beautiful. ;_;

  • Galrowre Red

    Can we expect performance tweaks for low-end/integrated hardware for this game?

    You know it sucks playing the game in 360p with the fastest settings.

  • Vincent Deshaies

    Please enable PS4 Pro support if it’s not too much trouble! 60 FPS on PS4 Pro would be so great, or even higher resolution and downsampling for 1080p TVs. Might be too straining for programmer time though, but please consider it if it’s at all possible!

    • Thomas Wade

      I thought the PS4 version would work on the PS4 Pro, due to backwards compatibility. It’s surprising to know that the PS4 Pro doesn’t work with PS4 games. Good thing I didn’t upgrade.

      • Vincent Deshaies

        It works, but it doesn’t run any better than on PS4. I’m asking for Pro support with better performance, resolution, or asset quality.

        • Thomas Wade

          If the PS4 version works, then just be glad you have a version. Some of us are still waiting for a version we can play. For Playtonic, they’re working on making sure all current platforms have it first before going for specific updated versions for a variant of a platform that has it.

        • Anthony

          Dude buy a computer lmao. PS4 pro has barely any performance upgrade from a regular PS4. If you want the game to look better in any noticeable way, a PS4 pro does not have the power to do so.

  • Mike Carter

    Would be great if you stayed in the same level when you exit the game. At the beginning of that level is fine, but going back to the entrance of that area in the hub and having to find the level you were in the next time you load the game is unnecessarily annoying.

    Appreciate the other updates. Great job on the game! 🙂

  • Moon

    How long do us poor Nintendo fans have to wait?

    • MVisby

      I am waiting as well! This style was born on the N64, I need it on the Switch. I understand the delay, they tried so hard to make a Wii U version which did not work in the end. I am glad instead of just ditching Nintendo they said do not worry, we will make a Switch release.

    • Chris

      A delayed game is eventually good. A rushed game is bad forever. -Miyamoto.

  • Rose Supreme

    I want to change my order to the Nintendo Switch. I got the PC version instead, but I didn’t use the code.

  • Carlos Silex

    This game was predestined for Nintendo consoles, YOUR FAIL AND BETRAYAL.

    • Davion Alexander Blackwíng

      Calm. It’s coming to Switch. And the best part of it, is that they are handling the port themselves…

    • Kyle

      Nintendo 64 cartridge special edition but no Nintendo Wii U release and a late Switch release. I have to admit I’m still upset about it too lol.

    • Charlie Milroy TGB

      A lot of us ex-nintendo fans still wanted to play the game. There is nothing wrong with a game being available to as many people as possible. Only because of trophies I think the game is a better experience on PS4 and Xbone. Just be a little patient and you can play it too. The cool thing for switch is the portability, but they should just add trophy support already.

  • Tarzerix

    Yesss…thank you!! The current camera doesnt do justice to this wonderful title, and can get pretty exhausting after a while…especially when playing on larger screens or beamer.

  • Killertamagotchi

    Already and good but now is the game almost a month out there and I have as a backer still not my PC Boxed Deluxe Edition …
    The status at BackerKit is also on “Ready to Ship”.
    Emails I had already written about this.

  • Arcane Corona

    A Feature I hope gets added, if not some point in a future game. I kinda did Miss the Pre Final Boss Orchestral Credits scene showcasing all the enemies and staff members. (P.S. The Pause Screen Music addition is 10/10) (P.S.S. Just a small thought, The music in this game is amazing, but I kinda feel like it’s missing the Background Ambiance mixed into it. the Cashino theme could really benefit from slot machine and other noises mixed into the background)

  • Thomas Wade

    I’m still waiting for you to announce the release date. As far as I’m aware, I’m in the credits, but I’m unable to see if that’s true, due to not having the game.

  • J-Stan Fizzle

    Really hoping there is a fix for the missing pagies issue in the cashino, and that I don’t need to start a new game. It’s all I need for 100%

  • shutupcuntz

    Give me my backer shirt before you start selling shit

  • Lamina Leks

    Hey, yeah, can my copy have JonTron in it?

  • syaoran

    I’ll be quite honest… It’s kinda frustrating that everyone else got to play Yooka-Laylee on April while Nintendo Switch owners, who already had their Wii U version cancelled, are still hanging around and waiting for an ETA. I think it would be fair if Playtonic at least released the Sandbox for every Switch backer just so we can pass the time… unless this delays the game even further.

    • Robin Fensom

      Agree. It’s not as if we’re asking much, just a progress update would be nice. We are, after all, investors.

      • Charlie Milroy TGB

        You are not an investor, you are a backer.

    • Chris

      Would you have wanted the game in it’s current state? It has quiet a few problems. I rather wait and have my game experience intact.

  • Holedigger999

    Glad to hear you’re still updating the game! I originally thought the camera system was fine, but I’m glad to hear it is getting an update. There were some few teaks it needed imo. AND YES!!! INCREASING DIALOGUE SPEED! I always wanted the dialogue to move faster but I never wanted to skip it because I wouldn’t hear the voices!

  • Ohshadows

    Add more minigames in yooka Laylee for the switch version!!!! Still waiting for the switch version to come out as well

  • Paulkdragonmaster2

    any DLC Worlds in the future? i recommend a world based on the game “Freedom Planet”

  • Faure

    Has anyone already found what’s necessary to trigger the rest of the INEPT easter egg after you ground smash that lone rock behind the pirate ship on Galleon Galaxy?

  • Pick Me Please

    Please fix the flying ability camera, it looks up at the sky instead of where I am going when I am close to the skybox ceiling.

  • Alex

    I hope the next update fixes the Ssssmashing Trophy bug on ps4. Been grinding away on 100% the game and that trophy won’t pop. I have all the moves purchased, in middle of collecting everything before the final boss fight.

  • Malla25

    I found a bug in the casino world when fighting I.N.E.P.T…. I happened to get killed at the same time as he took his last hit, and he entered the dialogue for when you beat him. At the same time it reloaded me to where I needed to try again to beat him, expect no matter what I do I cannot control the cart whatsoever. My controller is completely fine, and everything works in the pause menu from the boss fight and when I’m not fighting him, but I can’t jump or shoot the cart. Please fix !!

  • Chris

    Really glad to hear. So, I suppose the Nintendo Switch version will be released with all these new and improved features? I wonder if the reviewers will revisit their score when that day comes? Oh, who am I kidding. Of course they won’t…

  • Daniel Hildebrand

    And please fix that Capital Cashino token/Pagie bug and give me the two missing Pagies I deserve. :'(

    • Damian DelaRosa Maganda

      The main issue that should be fixed, I’m 23/25 pagies with 8 tokens left and all activites done :/

      • Daniel Hildebrand

        Right. I’m at 23/25 Pagies, with exactly 0 tokens left. :/

      • Austin

        Did you get the token that’s underneath the ramp, near the start of the level? Slot machine guy asks you to retrieve a card or something, gotta fight all those little corplets and there, I THINK, was a coin underneath the first initial ramp to get into the area. There’s also another hard to find one at the top of a flagpole.

        • Damian DelaRosa Maganda

          Yes sir, I got every single token. I walktroughed each one.

    • Andrea Anthony Alcérreca Torre

      That crearly sucks … I have the same issue … at least for me I just need 1 more pagie to collect them all … this ruins your game if you want to complete it at 100% I even wanderend across the whole world and I think I find it … if you swim under the golden statues in the casino fountain you can hear a “shiny” sound from a pagie haha but how to get it? idk, hope they can solve this shortly :/

      • Daniel Hildebrand

        I thought that too, but unfortunately it’s not a Pagie sound, it’s supposed to be just the water sound that really sound a lot like the Pagie sound.

  • Damian DelaRosa Maganda

    Please make it a concern to fix the Cashino Token glitch! I know you adressed it recently on a twitter but ir really is a bummer to not get all the pagies becaused you exchange to many tokens at a time, if it can somehow be fixed without me having to replay the game it would be wonderful.

  • Sergio

    The only patch I want is something to retrospectively fix the capital cashino pagie glitch… that would be dandy

  • icaruslanding

    Trying to pace myself on this game, not looking forward to the wait for Yooka-Tooie ( or is that TooKa-Laylee..Hmm) once I clear it ; )

  • AMR

    After buying all of trousers moves no trophy pops up. Yes I have also got all of the free moves he gives you. Also the casino level is saying I am missing 1 paggie were else I have collected them all. Can you please sort out these two issues they are really bugging me.

    • napaceHbIK

      I feel your pain, man. Can you imagine this, I was aware about the casino glitch and backed up the save before playing the level. Casino went ok though, but then I got Trowser’s moves glitch. I restored the save I backed up, but it didn’t help which means the Trowser’s progress in the save got broken a long time ago, even before the casino, and I didn’t even know it.
      I tried to be cautious with all this buggy stuff but in the end got screwed anyway =( I’m on PS4 btw.

      • AMR

        Yea I’m on ps4 too I usually trade my games as soon as I get planinum. I think they did it on purpose so we don’t trade game in till late. This is ridiculous that they still have not released the update to fix these glitches. I will never buy day one from platonic again.

  • Alvaro Nava

    Huh.. I got the steam version and for some reason a I got everything except the trophy that supposed to give me after beat Rampo but it didn’t haha What could happened?

  • Reed

    Please fix the cashino bug where im missing a pagie 🙁 ive 100% sure ive done everything but im still missing 10 tokens, ive even followed a 100% guide after i couldnt find them and still nothing

  • Kyle

    omg I need at least a release date for the switch wtf

  • Ben Mullinger

    Switch update please?

  • Gamerwarrior1995

    I just can’t wait for your next project , a conker’s bad fur day spirit secusseor( sorry the spelling) i hope nab this game soon

  • KingKKrupps

    Special Switch Stop-n-Swap easter egg (or some such) ahead of the 20th anniversary of Banjo-Kazooie next year? Wahay!!