It’s been quite some time since fans have had the opportunity to play a new Banjo-Kazooie title. Admittedly, the bird and bear duo has had an installment in their series arrive on the Xbox 360, but it drastically changed much of the core mechanics that longtime followers of the franchise fell in love with. Now a team comprised of former Rare developers have come together under the banner of Playtonic Games in an effort to bring a spiritual successor to the beloved platforming IP to market.
Until now, gamers have been calling the title by its codename, Project Ukulele, but now Playtonic has unveiled the name of its highly anticipated 3D platformer – as well as the central characters that the game itself is named after. Ladies and gentleman, prepare yourselves for Yooka-Laylee.
Created by the same man that’s responsible for designing a slew of iconic Rare characters ranging from the current lineup of Donkey Kong characters to Banjo and Kazooie themselves, Steve Mayles, newcomers Yooka and Laylee will instantly stand out for their cutesy appearance. These protagonists truly seem like they could’ve been pulled out of the 1990s era of gaming given their looks, but there’s something a little more modern about their design.
Details on the new chameleon and bat team are still slim, but more news is set to premiere with the arrival of the official Yooka-Laylee KickStarter on May 1, 2015. According to IGN, which currently has a number of exclusive details on the Banjo successor, the game will be campaigned for a debut on Mac, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Windows, and Xbox One.
Starting at $15 for a copy of the game, the KickStarter campaign has a myriad of self-awarded gifts for those that exceed the base price point. Ranging from soundtracks to art books – and even a special “64 bit” edition that’ll harken back to the Nintendo 64 era that gave rise to Rare’s living room dominance – there’s no telling at this point just how far Playtonic Games will go to secure funding and ensure fan satisfaction in the process.
Despite the negativity that’s surrounded KickStarter as of late, the arrival of Banjo-Kazooie‘s spiritual successor has been a very long time coming. With Yooka the chameleon and Laylee the bat officially stepping out of the shadows, it’s looking more and more likely that the long awaited, Nintendo-centric walk down memory lane is well on its way.
Yooka-Laylee will arrive on KickStarter on May 1, 2015.