Yooka-Laylee [official site], the crowdfunded Banjo-Kazooie-y 3D platformer, now has a release date. Come April 11th, 2017, we’ll get to do all those late-nineties jumping things with two new cute animal friends. Our Pip played a few minutes earlier this year and reported back, “the impression I currently have is that rather than this being a new game it’s very much like finding an alternate universe’s version of Banjo-Kazooie and playing that.” I’ve no love lost for 3D collect-o-platformers myself but hey, that is exactly what some want from Yooka-Laylee. Here, have a peek in this new gameplay trailer:
That’s the world of Capital Cashino, a big ol’ casino full of games to play. Developers Playtonic games explain:
“This glamorous, marble-floored playground has our buddy-duo navigating the casino floor, discotheques and oversized roulette tables in search of delicious golden bounty. But there’s a twist; players must now compete to win casino tokens, and exchange them with the banker for the pivotal Pagies!”
Yooka-Laylee is coming April 11th to Windows, Mac, and Linux via Steam and GOG.
Related-ish: I always adored the Casino Nights Zone in Sonic 2. I happily gambled and bounced around giant pinball tables but what really made it for me was the vast casino city stretching to the parallax-scrolling horizon. Its skyscrapers glittering in the darkness created a vast world inside my head, a huge imaginary space. In a curious crossing-over of worlds, this was back when I read 2000 AD and Casino Nights Zone fed my ideas of Mega-City One. Pinboing didn’t help that.