Yooka-Laylee was revealed a few months back and with it being the spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie, fans all over the world have been thrilled to hear a new game is coming, even if it’s not a direct sequel in the Banjo series. Developer Playtonic Games started out with a Kickstarter that ended up performing extremely well and now the team is hard at work on the upcoming 3D platformer.
Today though, Team17 and Playtonic Games have announced that Yooka-Laylee will be published by Team17 when it releases sometime during October 2016 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC, MAC and Linux platforms. It was always going to be an interesting thing to see if Playtonic would pick up a publisher, but they seem to have found the one they want in Team17.
The partnership is said to allow Playtonic to create Yooka-Laylee “with additional resources designed to benefit development and add value to both existing Kickstarter backers and new fans.” Gavin Price, who is the creative lead at Playtonic Games, spoke about the partnership and what needed to happen for a publisher to be brought on.
“From the very start we said that we’d welcome only a partner that could genuinely improve the creation of our game, while respecting the independence and creative autonomy of our development team. Team17’s 25-year industry-leading expertise will significantly benefit Yooka-Laylee in a myriad of ways, not least in expanded localization, improved QA testing, certification and access to vastly better resources for our team. Working alongside such a strong partner will allow the Playtonic team to focus 100% of our efforts on building the best possible version of Yooka-Laylee for backers and new fans alike,” Price said.
Yooka-Laylee stars two unique and “charismatic” characters who are made up of Yooka, who is a male chameleon, and Laylee, who is a female bat. The former tends to be the more reasonable one of the group, while Laylee is a bit more of the crazy one.
Debbie Bestwick, who is the managing director at Team17, spoke about the partnership with Playtonic Games and their upcoming 3D platformer Yooka-Laylee. “We have deep respect for the team at Playtonic. They have a very rich heritage and have worked on titles close to the heart of a lot of our team here.
“We’ve been following their Kickstarter campaign with interest and are delighted to welcome them onto our label and into the Team17 family. I can’t wait to start working together on this great game and hope this is the start of a long term partnership between Team17 and Playtonic,” Bestwick said.