After a long drought of information on the spiritual successor to the Banjo-Kazooie series, Playtonic Games finally delivered a wave of long-awaited updates on Yooka-Laylee. The reason for Playtonic’s self-imposed silence was to show the game at a point when it was “representative of the final target,” which, judging from the beautiful screenshots, they have accomplished.
The following is an excerpt from the official Playtonic site summarizing the basics of the game’s plot:
Yooka and Laylee’s adventure will take them deep inside the work halls of a baneful business, as the buddy-duo seek out the magical Pagies required to explore the mysterious Grand Tomes. The dexterous pair will seek to unlock the ancient secrets of these bewitching books, as they battle to thwart corporate creep Capital B and his devious scheme to absorb all of the world’s literature… and convert them into pure profit.
Pagies are one of the game’s collectibles, whose purpose is to unlock and expand the magical Grand Tomes held captive in Hivory Tower. Another collectible to expect includes Butterfly Energy, which replenishes the player’s health and the new power meter; Playtonic’s goal in having the Butterfly Energy refill both health and the power meter is to avoid “the all-too occasional tedium of resource management.” Players can also expect to run across hundreds of collectible Quills that can be used to purchase moves from the serpent salesman, Trowzer, in any order that the player would like to purchase them in, which Playtonic says is just one of many ways in which the player will be empowered with choice while playing Yooka-Laylee.
In addition to revealing gameplay elements, Playtonic has revealed a new pair of supporting characters: Dr. Puzz and Dr. Quack. Below is another excerpt from the Playtonic site with more details on the game’s second duo:
The latter 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, naive 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.
Unfortunately, no screenshots were provided of either Dr. Puzz or Dr. Quack, but since Playtonic has promised more information in the coming months, perhaps the first images of them will be on the way soon!
Finally, Platonic Games has confirmed that the Toybox will be available in July for Kickstarter backers who opted for appropriate tiers; the Toybox has evolved from Playtonic’s original plans of a one-room, web-based “play thing” into a self-contained sandbox experience meant to give players a feel for the game’s platforming.
A final release date won’t be available until Playtonic Games feels they have a game truly ready for release, so we’ll have to continue to be patient and on the lookout for more updates. What do you think of the information that was revealed? Will you have access to the Toybox in July? As always, drop a comment below!
Source: Playtonic Games