A dream come true that is the best description for the arrival of the spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie: Yooka-Laylee.
Yooka-Laylee gives weave of life to an old favourite video game this what makes it popular even if it landed on Kickstarter just this week. Yooka-Laylee is the spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie a 3D-platformer in 1998. The developers of this already popular game is the Playtonic Games.
Some Basic Information about this game:
- The main stars of this game are Yooka a chameleon and Laylee a bat which flies.
- Whirling in a coloured 3D world.
- You need to collect objects to unlock new game levels and secrets
- There are suite of special moves to be unlocked like Yooka has a sticky, whippy tongue to grapple with and Laylee can fly and unleash a sonar blast.
The managing director of Playtonic and creative lead on the project Gavin Price explained that, “The idea for bringing back 3D-platformers is something that’s been on our minds for years now. We love making and playing this type of game and have missed doing so.”
In recent years whimsical all-ages adventure games like Banjo-Kazooie dimmed to not have place in the latest generation of consoles because of the developing blockbuster styles like RPGs and first-person shooters.
Contrarily, the spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie proved otherwise as Yooka-Laylee becomes the fastest game ever to reach $1 million in funding. Unbelievably, the game hits its funding goal of £175,000 it is around $270,000 in the span of forty minutes after the project’s launch in Kickstarter. What is more surprising, is that it reached £1 million mark or $1,547,000 within 24 hours of it launching.
With this success Gavin Price said, “We didn’t anticipate this much fan excitement so quickly and so strongly but we’re very appreciative of it. It’s so energizing!” Price added, “Already we feel like Yooka and Laylee have been around for many games due to the sheer amount of love for them — we’ve had tons of fan art already and it spurs us on to deliver the game and experience that us and our fans want to see front and centre. We’re all aligned in terms of our gaming tastes and its scary how much discussion goes on in forums and online that mimic our thoughts.”