The Eighth Wonder

There are new seats in the Playtonic office this week – and not just to accommodate the ever-increasing pile of lads mags spilling over from Steve Mayles’ desk.

"Blue Steel"
Blue Steel.

No, there’s a new person in the building: someone who can both help tackle Mayles’ increasingly antisocial behaviour (honestly, he’s one bus fight away from an ASBO) and also provide some incredibly pretty pictures for our game.

Looking all serious and black-and-white, Dean Wilson is the latest member of the Playtonic team. Joining after a decade at Rare, Dean’s worked as an artist on the likes of Kameo (and its canned sequel), the Kinect Sports series and most recently the newly-unveiled Sea of Thieves.

He also lives really close to the train station, which is amazingly convenient for those of us who require a lift in the morning.

He said: “I’m really excited to start a new chapter in my career with such an esteemed group of game creators, many of whom I’ve worked with before.

“I can’t wait to do my bit in making Yooka-Laylee unbelievably pretty – though I am a little concerned that they’ve put my desk next to the kettle.”

On the flipside, Dean, you are closer to the biscuit tin…

 


Thanks a (Few) Million

You can expect more staffing announcements over the coming weeks, as we ramp up development of Yooka-Laylee following the phenomenal Kickstarter response.

In the end we raised an incredible £2,090,104 plus an additional £75,000 via PayPal, unlocking the final stretch goal and guaranteeing free DLC – planned and developed after release – for all backers.

We’d like to sincerely thank everyone who supported the campaign. The response has been beautiful and humbling and we’d like to meet each of you and exchange one of those really cool handshakes that American rappers do.

We’re aware that some backers have encountered problems involving payments being declined. If you’re unfortunate enough to experience a declined pledge, here’s what to do:

  1. Check the Kickstarter FAQ and follow the steps there.
  2. If the steps in #1 fail (including checking with your bank), then contact Kickstarter support.

If for some reason you missed the Kickstarter campaign – you strange person – there’s still a chance to secure some reward tiers via PayPal. Please note that PayPal availability is for a limited time only – so nab those tiers while you still can.

 


escape from la

What the end of E3 looks like for game devs
What the end of E3 looks like for game devs

Last week the annual hearing-eradication conference that is E3 took place in Los Angeles. After a fry up, three G&Ts and a pair of sleeping pills, I arrived in LA and got to spend the week having Grant Kirkhope correct all my ‘Briticisms’, which if you’re unfamiliar is basically English as it was before the colonies changed it all.

You may have noticed that our presence stateside wasn’t particularly public-facing. Basically, we spent our time locked up in a behind-closed-doors meeting room showing off an early Yooka-Laylee prototype to press.

Some of our meetings can be found online in the form of interviews and there’s a bit of off-screen footage as well.

The latter has caused plenty of discussion across cyberspace and we thought it important to highlight the caveats made clear to every journalist we met at E3: The footage you can see online is from an incredibly early test demo (i.e. not a real game environment) that will be unrecognisable in the final game – in a good way.

For the many of you who have shared compliments we thank you very much – just wait until you see what the real game looks like!

You’ll no doubt see more press reports from our E3 meetings pop up over the coming days. In the meantime find a selection of highlights below, including a simply stellar music cover by the 2014-2015 Dr. Annie B. Jamieson Grade 7 Advanced Orchestra in Vancouver!