Thinking Inside the Box

Greetings, internet friends and welcome to the sort-of-monthly Playtonic Labour Update, serving as both an insightful update on the progress of the Playtonic team, and a rare break for us from the punishing development mines (don’t worry: we’ll be pushed straight back down the dev shaft as soon as we’ve pressed the submit button).

Some were happier than others to attend.
Some were happier than others to attend.

This month the Playtonic team exhibited at the EGX expo in Birmingham, where attendees were offered the opportunity to be the first members of the public to sample a short demo of Yooka-Laylee. It was an excellent few days, topped by some humbling media coverage (BBC! Shortlist!) and best of all the lovely things visitors said about our game.

In case you missed the hoo-ha, the brummy bash was also the platform for our latest Yooka-Laylee video, featuring a parade of major supporting characters and a very special guest… Yacht Club Games’ Shovel Knight!

As our own Chris Sutherland explained, the guest appearance emerged from a mutual admiration between Playtonic and the Californian studio: “We’ve always been fans of Shovel Knight and thought it’d be great to have some guest star characters from the rest of the indie community. It’s great for indies to be able to do that. There’s no kind of big barrier, you don’t have to go through seven levels of approval, you just go: yeah, we’re going to do that.”

It was also very nice of Yacht Club to supply both the 3D model and voice of their titular warrior. You can look forward to meeting and assisting him in Yooka-Laylee early next year!

You will have spotted all kinds of new and familiar characters in the same video – plus an aural glimpse of a new Grant Kirkhope tune – but be assured there’s still much, much more you don’t know about waiting to be discovered in the final game.

Release update

Rextro loves a box.
Rextro loves a box.

With everyone safely back in their office chairs, development progresses unhindered on Yooka-Laylee. As we get closer to launch and our plans take final form, we’re finally able to clarify many of your most burning inquiries and requests. One such query we’re delighted to tackle today is the ever-booming call for a boxed version of Yooka-Laylee. Do we have plans for a boxed release? Today we can confirm that the answer is, yes!

We’re delighted to be able to offer Yooka-Laylee in both digital and boxed flavours in time for the game’s launch in Q1 2017. As we speak, our business badgers are busily burrowing away on an initiative that will allow Kickstarter backers to upgrade their digital pledge to a physical version, if they choose to do so. We’re not ready to share the exact details just yet, but very soon you should be able to stick your head in the badger hole and look for yourself.

Backer Credits: Final call

It wouldn’t be an update without a bit of housekeeping, and today’s involves Kickstarter Backer game credits.

Kickstarter backers are reminded to please stick to the below guideless when providing your name for the Yooka-Laylee backer credits. Our credits overlords tell us they’re quite intimidated by the impending mandate to shift through 70,000 names, and would really appreciate it if you could triple-check that your supplied credits name falls in to the guidelines below to avoid your name not making the scratch.

Backer credits guidelines:

  • Anything that is not identifiable or verifiable as a name or nickname risks not being included
  • ASCII art and Unicode characters are not allowed
  • Only the first line of text will be used
  • Anything above the character limit will be cut off
  • There should be no messages to Playtonic in the credits name field
  • URLs and hashtags are not allowed

If you need to make changes to your backer credit, please visit Backer Kit and if necessary contact their support.

Thanks for your support!

Your Comments

  • Phin68


  • Pedro Gonzalez

    Sign me up for the physical game upgrade! 🙂

  • It’s looking like Yooka Laylee will be the final game I add to my library for the Wii U. There’s a pretty good chance that I end up just getting Zelda for the NX instead of the Wii U… although I’ll have to wait and see whether I actually want an NX or not.

  • Stuart

    I was going to buy digital,but now I will add one more box to my Wii U 🙂


    I already pledged to have digital copy. Is if too late to upgrade to box version?

  • Andrea

    I’m so happy about this news, thank you playtonic games <3

  • Dennis Smalheer

    So, is this going to be a “real” box release or will the pc box version be Steam code, like so many games do these days?

  • Man, the forums were pretty outraged regarding Shovel Knight’s appearance in Yooka-Laylee. It’s a shame, I think he’s a cool addition!

  • Seaphron

    Maybe I missed it, but where are backers supposed to turn in their name for the credits? Missed out on MN9. Don’t want to miss out here too.

  • puffwad


  • enigmaxtreme

    I will proudly have a Yooka Laylee Wii U box on my shelf!

  • Dasnap

    Need to change my name because I think it breaks the ASCII rule. Can I change it if I contact support?

  • twinspectre

    Go phisical release 🙂

    • Drew Roberts

      Perhaps less video games and more books for you.

      • twinspectre

        I have a confession to make. English isn’t my main language
        so, expect sometimes to read some grammatical error

  • If physical release is really a possibility, great! I know i’m a little paranoid about virtual download games. |D

  • AaronDeRe4e

    This news makes me so happy! Yooka-Laylee will be the last Wii U game (for me)! 😀

  • Justobuy

    If I’m not deforming the information, that means high possibility of physical release for everyone (not just the backers) ….right?

  • Donkusei

    NX or Wii U, for sure I’ll take a boxed release. Thx Playtonic!

  • Bad Twin

    Wiil it contain an instruction booklet? Please, say yes…

  • Santiago3:16

    A physical release for Wii U?!?! SWEET!!! Sign me up for that.

  • Craig

    I thought I was already getting a (PC) boxed version. Is this update for console versions or something?

  • Bruno Barrera

    i can wait for this fucking shit to come out, it’s been so long and i havent played anything considerably fun lately either

  • Mor Go No Booty



  • Anon

    I’ve only just now found out about this and truth to be told I didn’t know about the original game but Banjo Kazooie and Tooie are some of my all-time favorites and watching this trailer just gave me some real nostalgia of those times.

    So the burning quesiton that I have is; will there also be a chance for non-backers to pick up a physical (collector’s) copy of this in the future?

  • James

    Will this game be released for the new “Nintendo Switch”?

  • Feplays

    AWESOME !!!

  • Adam

    So are the following names encouraged or discouraged:

    Seymour Butz
    Al Coholic
    Mike Rotch

  • Guy Chapman

    Hello, has the boxed version upgrade been announced yet? I would love to get on board for that.

  • Lucy

    It would be so cool if it would be for PS3.

  • Nikki Roessler

    Yay, so awesome! I can’t wait until the game! I’m planning to play the Steam version of it. 😉