In anticipation of E3 2016, Playtonic Games releases a new gameplay trailer for Yooka-Laylee, while also announcing that the game has been delayed to next year.

Ever since it was announced that a group of former Rare developers were teaming up to form a new studio and work on a Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor, fans have been champing at the bit to see more of the project in action. Playtonic Games has finally granted fans that wish, though the release of the new trailer also comes with some bad news for those that were hoping to play Yooka-Laylee this year.

Unfortunately, Yooka-Laylee has been delayed from its original 2016 release window to some point in the first quarter of 2017. A reason for the delay wasn’t given, but if the trailer is any indication, it appears as though Playtonic is putting its all into the project, and probably wants to make sure that the game is as good as it can be before releasing it to the public.

This new trailer for Yooka-Laylee offers fans the most extensive look at the 3D platformer throwback yet, showcasing some of the abilities of the title characters, new locations, and the size of the game. It looks as though players will have a large hub world to explore, on top of a slew of other levels, making it easier to believe Platyonic’s claims that Yooka-Laylee is bigger than Banjo-Kazooie.

Besides showing off some platforming and combat reminiscent to Banjo-Kazooie, the new trailer for Yooka-Laylee also shines a light on the characters players will interact with in the game. These characters include the like of Rextro Sixtyforus, a dinosaur modeled to look like a character from the Nintendo 64 days, and a helpful pants-wearing snake named Trowzer.

The title characters of Yooka and Laylee are the main focus of the new trailer, however, and that extends beyond showcasing their platforming capabilities. The trailer also makes it a point to show off the personalities of the main characters, with Yooka laid-back and optimistic, and Laylee sarcastic and witty, mirroring the relationship between Banjo and Kazooie.

From the personalities of the main characters to the gameplay to the way the characters speak to one another, Yooka-Laylee appears to be paying direct homage to Banjo-Kazooie in the best ways. While it’s disappointing that fans will have to wait a little longer than expected to get their hands on the game, hopefully the added development time helps the game live up to its full potential.

Yooka-Laylee will be available in Q1 of 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U.

Source: PlayStation – YouTube