One year ago, the creative team behind games like Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country ended their Kickstarter to bring their new buddy-duo platformer, Yooka Laylee, to life. Since around that time, Playtonic Games went to work making the game. The studio recently dumped a whole bunch of info about the newest gaming duo to grace our consoles.
Playtonic Games revealed that Yooka-Laylee will focus around the buddy-duo working to collect “magical Pagies required to explore the mysterious Grand Tomes” and battle against Capital B. A small snippet of synopsis gives us our first look into the world we’ll be adventuring through:
A FLURRY OF EXCITEMENT FILLED THE FACTORY FLOOR. EVERYONE HAD ASSEMBLED, FROM THE TOP-TIER BOSS CHARACTERS TO THE TEA MINION FROM SECTOR C. IT WAS FINALLY HERE; TAKEOVER DAY.
THE INGENIOUS TECH FIRM QUACK CORP HAD BEEN SUBJECT TO A HOSTILE SWOOP BY DIABOLICAL PUBLISHING CORPORATION IN HIVORY TOWERS. TOGETHER THEY WERE ABOUT TO LAUNCH THEIR MOST DEVIOUS SCHEME YET, ALL UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF CUNNING BUZZNESS EXECUTIVE CAPITAL B!
Playtonic also gave more details on who would be joining and fighting against the lizard and bat on their adventure. Two new characters, Dr. Puzz and Dr. Quak, are supporting characters that will be on both sides of Yooka and Laylee’s fight.
[Dr. Quak] is a ruthless, exosuit-wearing fowl, who’s making the best of a bad situation under the corporate rule of Capital B. The good doctor wasn’t always this unpleasant, but the ruthless takeover of his Quack Corp organisation has persuaded Quack to concoct all manner of crude inventions to satisfy the demands of his new boss – and the shareholders, of course.
Quack’s sweet, naeve prodigy, Dr. Puzz proved far more morally rigid than her former colleague, breaking ties with Quack Corp as soon as the exosuits started stirring – and taking her own inventions with her. The tentacled technician – designed by Ed ‘Mumbo Jumbo’ Bryan – is the gateway to all of Yooka-Laylee’s wild and wonderful transformations, which we’ll be revealing in the near future.
The final announcement was the upcoming Toybox, a playable demo of Yooka-Laylee that gives Kickstarter patrons a chance to play inside the game’s engine without the chance for spoilers. The sandbox will be launching in July for those backers who opted for appropriate tiers.
While no release date was confirmed, Playtonic did reveal that more Yooka-Laylee info would be arriving in the coming weeks leading up to the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June.