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!