Just a little over a year ago, former Rare employees released a Kickstarter for a spiritual successor to their beloved Banjo-Kazooie series called Yooka-Laylee. That project was funded in 38 minutes. Today, Playtonic Games released a new look at what it claims is representative of the final product.
In a post on the Yooka-Laylee blog, the devs detailed what they have been up to for the past year, including story details, gameplay descriptions and new characters. Playtonic Games claims today is the first in a line of info drops, with gameplay promised to come soon before E3 in June.
The game’s main boss was revealed to be a character named Capital B, a Despicable Me-esque businessman who wants to absorb the world’s literature to turn into profit (somehow). It’s up to the titular heroes to “seek out the magical Pagies required to explore the mysterious Grand Tomes” by exploring a world located within Capital B’s headquarters.
The post also details two new characters: Dr. Quack, a scientist who builds inventions for Capital B, and Dr. Puzz, a “multi-limbed” technician who used to work with Dr. Quack, but will now help the heroes with her transformations, a la Mumbo Jumbo from Banjo-Kazooie.
The post also mentions new collectibles, a new power meter, and details the PC-exclusive “toy box” demo that will be out in July. Yooka-Laylee does not have a final release date, but it is still expected to release for Wii U, as the console’s logo is still on the game’s page.