As time marches on, the bar set by Playtonic Games’ KickStarter project, Yooka-Laylee, only gets raised higher and higher. Being dubbed a “Rare-vival” by the former Rare staffers filling the developer’s ranks, this game is built to be a spiritual successor to the beloved Banjo-Kazooie series. The crowd-funded game has already become to quickest title to reach the $1 million mark on the site, and it doesn’t appear to be showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon.
With support for the title at an all-time high, Playtonic Games has opted to reveal a new character that will be making his debut alongside Yooka the chameleon and Laylee the bat. Ladies and gentlemen, prepare yourselves for Trowzer the snake.
Revealed on the game’s official KickStarter page, the humor of this newcomer is immediately apparent. Besides being a snake hilariously named Trowzer, this Adder takes himself as a rather serious overseer of business dealings and he’s got the pants to prove it. Lugging around a massive, old school cell phone, Yooka-Laylee creative lead Gavin Price doesn’t make it sound like the character has had an easy go of things.
“Trowzer thinks of himself as the best salesman ever, but with his downbeat appearance and 1980’s mobile phone, life never took off for him. He’ll take your money and count it (he’s an Adder…) and because he knows best he’ll even demonstrate the moves you just bought for you to replicate… if you can follow his jiggling.”
It sounds as if this character will be taking on a similar role to Banjo-Kazooie‘s Bottles the mole by teaching players new moves – albeit in exchange for in-game currency. Still, the newly released concept art for the character is very Rare-esque in its design and is sure to strike the rose-tinted nerves that inspired so many consumers to back the project in the first place.
As of this writing, Yooka-Laylee has amassed over £1,500,000 ($2,334,960 USD), which has helped it smash yet another stretch goal. That goal in particular was to have a full orchestral score added to the game, which is something that should make the title all the more enjoyable during rigorous play sessions. Now the next tier of rewards has been set in the form of free post-launch DLC to all backers – provided gamers can push the KickStarter initiative over £2,000,000 ($3,113,900 USD) in the next 35 days.
What do you think of Trowzer the snake? What other animals do you think will get a Yooka-Laylee makeover? Get at us in the comments!
Yooka-Laylee is currently scheduled to arrive on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, Linux, Mac, and Windows in October 2016.