As many gamers can attest, the desire to see beloved mascots from the glory days of 3D platformers is strong. Nostalgic heroes of the late nineties like Banjo and Kazooie have been missing in action for quite some time now, with many fans still speculating on when the next true entry in that particular franchise will be arriving – if ever. Fortunately, those concerns have been answered by a band of former Rare developers and their spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie, Yooka-Laylee.
After announcing plans to launch a KickStarter to fund this new title, gamers were understandably anxious to see what awaited them. Even following the excitement surrounding the reveal of the game’s titular characters, it would have been hard to guess just how wildly successful the campaign would be. Suffice to say, it was exactly that.
After the KickStarter initiative for Yooka-Laylee went live at 12 pm EST, gamers quickly amassed enough money to get the game over its initial £175,000 goal. In under 40 minutes gamers had laid down enough cash for Playtonic Games to ensure that the title will be able to have a launch. Offering up a number of interesting incentives (the coolest easily being a Yooka-Laylee-themed Nintendo 64 replica cartridge/flash drive), it’s not all that surprising that fans have and continue to give so generously.
As of this writing, the KickStarter campaign for the new 3D platformer has amassed nearly £400,000, and already torn through its first few stretch goals. If this success keeps up, it’s possible that consumers will be able to play the game on their system of choice with a simultaneous cross-platform release next year. The campaign will have to amass over £1,000,000 before that happens – since the game is currently scheduled to release on PC first – but with 46 days still left, there’s no denying that it’s a solid possibility.
While it’s unlikely that gamers will be petitioning to see Yooka the chameleon and Laylee the bat in something like Super Smash Bros. anytime soon – something currently happening for the fan-favorite Banjo and Kazooie – there’s no denying the cutesy appeal of these two heroes. It’ll be interesting to see how the game develops over the course of the next year, but be sure to stay tuned to Game Rant for many more updates on this spiritual successor.
Yooka-Laylee is currently scheduled to arrive on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, Linux, Mac, and Windows in October 2016.