We finally have an idea when Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair will be released. According to a video released on Twitter by Playtonic Games, the newest entry into the Yooka-Laylee Franchise will be released in the month of October.
The video demonstrated a change that Playtonic has made to the series’ babbling voiceovers, which had previously involved the characters speaking incoherent grunts and chatter for the entire time each character’s dialogue filled up the text bubble. Some critics considered this annoying, and so the developers have chosen to only play each character’s audio at the very beginning of their line, allowing the rest of the text bubble to fill up without any background blather.
Those who prefer the original sound design, which was meant to imitate the voices in Banjo-Kazooie, have the option of turning the “classic babble” back on in the audio menu.Playtonic’s announcement video also included music by famed game composer Grank Kirkhope, and the developers say they’ll be releasing a full track sometime this week.
The original Yooka-Laylee, produced by ex-Rare developers after a successful Kickstarter campaign that promised to recapture the classic feel of Banjo-Kazooie, was something of a mixed bag when it came out back in 2017. With the new game, Playtonic has changed its approach, and has created a 2.5D platformer. While it keeps the team-based abilities of the original Yooka-Laylee game, the new entry seems more reminiscent of Rare’s classic Donkey Kong Country games than anything else.
The game will also feature a 3D overworld that promises to be more puzzle-based than platform-focused. Many of the puzzles seem to hearken back to classic tasks dating back to classic Legend of Zelda games, including moving crates, burning bushes, and using bombs to destroy stone walls.
It remains to be seen whether the series’ new gameplay style will result in a warmer reception, or whether Playtonic’s products will continue to leave fans of the old Rare classics feeling cold.