It’s been quite some time since gamers were given a new 3D platformer. As a result, the promise of having key members behind the original Banjo-Kazooie tackling a spiritual successor to the beloved title immediately launched Playtonic Games, and its new game Yooka-Laylee, into the eyes of consumers the world over. Suffice to say, many gamers have been waiting for something just like this.
After taking to KickStarter and shattering the game’s initial funding goal within an hour, it was only a matter of time before comparisons between the new game and the original N64 classic were made. Given the $15 USD fee currently being charged for access to the game on PC, however, some were concerned that Yooka-Laylee wouldn’t be nearly as large as the bird and bear ventures that inspired it.
Fortunately, Playtonic Games recently hosted an ‘Ask Me Anything’ on Reddit to answer any major questions that the community had about its forthcoming game. Naturally, the scale of the upcoming title was immediately called into question given its current pricing. Creative lead Gavin Price quickly addressed the concern though, stating that the $15 entry fee was just a special KickStarter price and that the team had big plans for the size of the overall game.
“$15 is a special [KickStarter] price. The aim is, with the amazing support we’ve had from fans, to now make Yooka-Laylee bigger than Banjo-Kazooie.”
With plans to feature an in-game world exceeding that of Banjo-Kazooie is ambitious to say the least, but, with Yooka-Laylee‘s KickStarter being the smash-hit it was, Playtonic Games can certainly afford to bring on additional members for the team. Price further confirmed why plans haven’t been made to release retail copies of the title, as it would apparently take too long.
“We would love to be able to do it at some point if we can, but for launch it would mean having to finish the game 2 months earlier in order to get the discs printed. We want more time to make the game!”
Suffice to say, the promise of having a 3D platformer that rivals, or even surpasses Banjo-Kazooie in scale is a tantalizing prospect. With trademark Rare humor largely being encompassed as well, evident by the newly unveiled side character Trowzer the Snake, it would appear that fans are in for something they’ve been waiting years for.
Are you excited for Playtonic’s debut game? Do you think Yooka-Laylee will end up being larger than Banjo-Kazooie? Get at us in the comments!
Yooka-Laylee is currently set to arrive for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, and PC at some point in 2016.