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Yooka-Laylee currently in the final stages of development for Linux, Mac and Windows PC


Playtonic Games upcoming #platformer Yooka-Laylee and more than just a #Kickstarter #success story. A recent post on the official website, the developer wrote: “Over the past year the Playtonic team has tripled in size, moved offices and quietly slaved away on what would become the final form of Yooka-Laylee.”

A handful of new screenshots are all that is available of the Yooka-Laylee story. The chameleon and bat will have to stop Capital B from stealing and transforming all of the books in the world into cash.

“Yooka and Laylee’s adventure will take them deep inside the work halls of a baneful business, as the buddy-duo seek out the magical Pagies required to explore the mysterious Grand Tomes. The dexterous pair will seek to unlock the ancient secrets of these bewitching books, as they battle to thwart corporate creep Capital B and his devious scheme to absorb all of the world’s literature… and convert them into pure profit.

Our ambition with Yooka-Laylee is to create a story and cast of characters that will live on as part of future Playtonic Games, so you can be sure there will be plenty of secrets, back stories and punch lines to discover when you join the Lizard and Bat on their epic adventure.”

Throughout the adventure, there are collectibles to grab and puzzles to clear, all keeping to the game’s big influence, Rare’s Banjo-Kazooie series. Playtonic Games said that there will be hundreds of items to discover, which will allow the player to buy new moves. They’ll also meet a variety of other characters, all of whom Playtonic will detail in the coming weeks.

For Kickstarter backers, there is a special stand-alone build available this July. Called the Toybox demo, a sandbox version of Yooka-Laylee, which the studio describes as “spoiler-free.” Players can test out the characters’ moves and find hidden items.


Playtonic Games also outlines that more information about the game will be available at this year’s E3 event in June. The Linux, Mac, Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U and Xbox One game is planned for release later this year.

“One thing we’re not quite ready to reveal yet is the game’s final, day-and-date release plan, but we’re getting close. The Playtonic team is working towards the same release window penned last year, but as fans of some of our past work will attest, we’re a group committed to releasing games only when they’re polished, complete and at the quality level you expect. As soon as we’re confident we’ve ticked all of those boxes, we’ll inform our backers directly of when to mark their calendars.”

Yooka-Laylee, whose Kickstarter raised over $3 million last year, get a taste of the game’s finished look from the images below.