Banjo Kazooie Spiritual Successor Revealed: It’s Yooka-Laylee!
The spiritual successor to Playtonic’s infamous game character Banjo Kazooie has been finally revealed with a proper name.
The character is named Yooka-Laylee, which apart from its pretty evident similarities to the Rare heritage is actually comprised of two characters instead of one. Yooka is a chameleon, and Laylee is a small bat that flies (or sits) around Yooka.
These two characters form the protagonists for the platform adventure that shares the duo’s collective appellation. The game will be revealed in full tomorrow; Yooka-Laylee is funded as a Kickstarter project, and Backers will be able to get a copy of the title for $15.
There are also additional plans for Backers such as soundtracks, art boxes, and a special ’64-bit edition’. The full details of all these bonuses are expected to be revealed tomorrow.
According to IGN, the game is expected to come out on PC first, while the Wii U, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the platformer are also in the works.
Playtonic is a new game studio that consists largely of members of the greatly acclaimed Rare company. The likes of Banjo-Kazooie, Perfect Dark, and Conker’s Bad Fur Day were all creations of Rare.
Most of Rare was acquired by Microsoft, but this February a group of former Rare personnel came together to form Playtonic. This new studio had promised long-time fans of Rare a new spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie, and it seems it was Yooka-Laylee.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for the full reveal of this Kickstarter project, and what to expect if you plan to back it up.