When Yooka-Laylee released a few years ago, it was a triumphant return to 3D platformers from the past. It was reminiscent of games like Mario 64 and Banjo-Kazooie. When Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair was announced, folks thought this might be a sequel, but instead it was later clarified we got was a spin off side project for the franchise. My biggest concern going into this was “would this be some sort of cheap cash grab to satisfy fans until the inevitable sequel?” Much to my surprise, while Impossible Lair is definitely a different spin on the franchise, it’s quality shines throughout.
Playtonic Games has made a third Banjo-Kazooie game all but in name. Known as Yooka-Laylee, this game comes thanks to the successfully funded Kickstarter campaign in 2015. Yooka-Laylee‘s release in 2017 makes for a resurrection of the 3D platformer that ceases to surprise, but never fails to make you smile and warm your heart through nostalgia and reverence for genre long since past. Yooka-Laylee also marks the delightful return to this era that will keep you busy collecting and discovering for dozens of hours.
Games industry veteran and independent games label Team17 has today announced its partnership with indie developer Playtonic Games to help publish Yooka-Laylee, an all-new 3D platformer from the creative talent behind Banjo-Kazooie.