Playtonic, the studio that’s developing the highly anticipated Banjo-Kazooie successor Yooka-Laylee, has said that for now they don’t intend to port the game over to the Nintendo NX, despite the game coming out somewhere around the same time that the NX is coming out. The game is already coming to the Nintendo Wii U.
Yooka-Laylee isn’t coming to the NX for a fairly good reason: Playtonic is only a 20-person company made of ex-Rare devs, so they have to prioritize where the game is going. The game is already going to be released on PC, Mac OSX, Linux, Wii U, Xbox One, and Playstation 4, which is a tall order for only twenty people. Once the game is out, then it’s likely that Playtonic will port it over to the NX.
The pressure is on the team even further because on their Kickstarter they promised a simultaneous release on all of the above-mentioned platforms, not to mention all of the stretch goals, and the fact that Shovel Knight is also appearing as an NPC.
But, there’s another reason why Yooka-Laylee is likely not going to be released on the NX at first: a lack of any real information. While some indie developers have already been given sneak-peeks into the console, the rest of the wider gaming world has absolutely no idea of what it’s actually capable of, as Nintendo hasn’t revealed the console yet.
While it’s an admirable thing to want to put out a game on so many platforms already, we don’t want to risk the possibility of the game being delayed even further due to Playtonic overworking themselves.
This is especially true considering the game was supposed to be coming out next month, in October, before the delay. Even now the new updated Yooka-Laylee release date is relatively loose; Q1 2017 could mean anywhere from January to April of 2017, but hopefully it’ll keep being on track.