Yooka-Laylee, a new spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie in development by former Rare devs, has launched its Kickstarter – and it’s already met its funding target within 2 hours of launch.
The Kickstarter reveals the two lead characters, who were previously under wraps. Yooka-Laylee had been announced under the codename of Project Ukelele, but now the folks over at Playtonic Games have lifted the lid and provided the first details of the game, along with some pre-alpha footage of the game in action.
Yooka (the chameleon) and Laylee (the bat) are a unique duo created by Steve Mayles, the same person behind original designs for Banjo and Koozie. Combining each others strengths, Yooka-Laylee carry with them a wide range of special abilities that can be used to tackle a variety of platforming challenges that lay ahead. Harking back to the golden era of classic Rare games, players can search and seek out hidden items and collectables across 5 gorgeous open world environments.
In addition, the game comes packed with an awesome soundtrack collaboration of some of the greatest game composers of Rare. With the help of David Wise (Donkey Kong Country series), Steve Burke (Kameo: Elements of Power) and Grant Kirkhope (Banjo-Kazooie series), players can expect a genuine auditory treat, with previews already giving us an idea of the playful nature expected within this newest title.
Having reached its end funding goal of £175,000 in under 40 minutes, the game is now expected to launch day one on Windows, Mac, Linux, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and WiiU. The game now stands with over £1,202,915, and is expected to run for an additional 43 days. Backers who pledge £10/$15 can expect to pick up a digital copy of the game when its finally released. Extras including digital soundtracks, boxed versions, and a special 64-bit special edition are listed as well as part of the games many pledge awards.
Yooka-Laylee is set for release later in 2016. If you would like to pledge to the games funding or see some of the development progress, feel free to check out Playtonic’s kickstarter page.