YookaLaylee goes “gold” months before launch

The spiritual successor to the Banjo-Kazooie series has wrapped up development.

Playtonic, a team of veteran video game developers, have wrapped up development their first game, Yooka-Laylee, just 21 months after a massively successful KickStarter campaign. In their Going Gold blog update, the team excitedly notes that the game will be in the hands of gamers in just over two months.

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In the video game industry, the term going “gold” refers to a game that is ready to be put onto discs and cartridges prior to launch. Of course, this doesn’t mean Playtonic is done working hard refining and polishing their game. In the digital era, it’s quite normal for a game to go “gold” weeks and sometimes months in advance and the team will subsequently begin work on a “day one” patch that fixes bugs or refines mechanics. Still, with the bulk of the work done before the April 11 launch, the team certainly has plenty to celebrate.

For those out of the loop, while Playtonic only formed a few years back, its employees are predominantly former Rare (Banjo-Kazooie, Conker, Viva Piñata) developers that fled around the time Microsoft acquired the studio in the early 2000s. Because most of the team found their success making platformers, Yooka-Laylee is all about recapturing gamers’ nostalgia with old school platforming and level design.

Several weeks ago, the team launched the toy box tech demo area for those who backed the game on Kickstarter. Here, players could get a rough feel for the game in a demo environment. At this point, those who preorder the game also can get access to the toy box  demo area.

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When the game was announced on Kickstarter nearly two years ago, Playtonic aimed to deliver the game on Wii U. Since then, Nintendo has begun sunsetting the platform ahead of the Nintendo Switch’s release on March 3. As a result, Playtonic is no longer porting the game to Wii U and will instead focus efforts on the much more powerful Switch. Kickstarter backers who were hoping to get a Wii U port of the game will soon be able to change their copy of the game to be on a different platform (PS4, Xbox One, Switch or Steam) or simply request a refund.

That’s all we have on new Yooka-Laylee news, but keep your eyes peeled for the game when it hits digital and retail shelves April 11, 2017 on Xbox One, PS4, Steam PC and Nintendo Switch.

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