During the final hours of its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, Playtonic Games’ 3D platformer Yooka-Laylee successfully raised nearly $3 million thanks to over 66,000 backers.
As previously reported, Yooka-Laylee is an all-new 3D platforming adventure for consoles and PC. Revealing the backstory of the games, the Playtonic Games crew explained:
Back in the mid-90s, Steve ‘don’t call me Steven’ Mayles came up with a famous bear and bird duo – and a platforming classic was born. When it came to dreaming up an all new buddy-duo in 2015, Steven set himself the objective of dreaming up the most delightful adventure characters possible. A platforming pair designed for fun gamesplay first.
“With Yooka and Laylee, we believe Steve has captured the spirit of his past heroes while introducing the most inventive moves yet seen in any of our team’s work. Like a cyborg Indiana Jones, our heroes are equipped for adventure and, brought to life by the voice of Banjo and Kazooie himself, Chris Sutherland, you can expect plenty of cheeky and irreverent gags too.
“Across more than five distinct worlds Yooka and Laylee will tackle unique platforming challenges – such as rolling into a ball of navigate a pinball-inspired race course – in search of Pagies, the golden bounty used to unlock and expand new areas of the game. As is traditional in our team’s games, each world will be jammed to the gills and oddball characters and hulking bosses, many who communicate via a collage of burp and fat noises.”
Playtonic Games launched the funding initiative to raise only $175,000 for 90’s Banjo-Kazooie successor and within only a matter of days, the project not only surpassed it initial goal, it secured $1.3M.
During a recent update, the Playtonic Games crew revealed more details about the game’s new GOG version:
“ES Yooka-Laylee will have a DRM-free version and YES it’s coming via GOG.com! Today we’re double-delighted to confirm that a DRM-free version of Yooka-Laylee will be available via GOG.com on day one for PC, Mac and Linux alongside its Steam-enabled half-cousin.“If you’ve already shelled out for a PC, Mac or Linux code via Kickstarter then be calm, dear backer, as before release we will present you with the option to switch your code to a GOG.com version, all smug with its absence of DRM-ness.”
“Another thing you can stop ruddy asking about is the availability of our super sexy 64-Bit Edition (as it’s referred to internally) because we’ve now sourced 200 further sex-tacular units. RIP 90s sports game cartridges!“The retro-themed package comes complete with classic box, signed manual (illustrated by the legendary Wil Overton), digital copy of the game, CD soundtrack, art book and of course the aforementioned physical game thing with built-in flash drive. We might even chuck in a complimentary tea bag if we like the sound of your name.
Yooka-Laylee’s Kickstarter is set to close on Tuesday.
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