The “Rare-vival” adventure that is Yooka-Laylee is just around the corner, and it looks set to bring back the glory days of 3D platformers.
Having had the chance to experience the game at an exhibition last year, the release of Yooka-Laylee is one that I believe will bring in a brand new audience who are yet to indulge in such a game, whilst retaining those who enjoyed predecessors of a similar fashion such as the Banjo Kazooie series and Conker’s Bad Fur Day.
Knowing that the game is in the safe hands of Playtonic, who had creative leads at Rare back in the early 2000s for Banjo Kazooie, is something is too a promising aspect. To an extent, you’ll know what you are getting when it comes to Yooka-Laylee, in the sense that its a colourful game filled with quests, minigames and trademark humour to go with it.
I’m sure for many it will feel very familiar, and early impressions seem to allude to that it leans on the side of nostalgia. On the flipside of that, it will be introducing a new generation of gamers to the genre. It seems to be a trend that has a prominent presence in 2017, joining the likes of Voodoo Vince, as well as the return to its classic state with the upcoming Sonic Mania.
Yooka-Laylee will release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on April 11th, 2017. What we’ve heard, seen and played so far could see the colourful duo to grab the old school platformer genre and drag it into the current generation to please old and new fans alike.