Despite falling off a cliff in the mid-2000s, the genre of 3D platformers appears to be inching ever closer to somewhat of a renaissance. With Square Enix exploring a means to bring back the Gex franchise, Playtonic Games – formed from Rare alum – has just unveiled a new contender to the crown in the form of Yooka-Laylee, an anthropomorphic chameleon and bat who have been billed as the spiritual successors to Banjo-Kazooie.
Revealed today via IGN, the studio plans on hosting a Kickstarter campaign in a bid to fund the platformer, with the crowd-funding bill kicking off tomorrow, May 1. For $15/£10, backers will be able to secure a copy of the finished game all the while aiding in its development. According to Playtonic, the Kickstarter will offer additional tiers to those who wish to donate more to the fund, including extras such as soundtracks, artwork and a special, 64-bit version of Yooka-Laylee, which serves as a nice nod to the game’s old-school, N64 sensibilities.
Expect more information to be revealed tomorrow when the studio’s crowd-funding campaign goes live in earnest. If funded, Yooka-Laylee will launch for PC first, before appearing on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U at a later date. Those of you weaned on a diet of N64 games during your formative gaming years may want to stand up and take notice, as Playtonic’s labor of love is shaping up to be a blast of nostalgia.
Check back with We Got This Covered tomorrow when we’ll have a full breakdown of Yooka-Laylee‘s gameplay debut and the platformer’s respective Kickstarter campaign. The only question is, does Playtonic’s title have enough to warrant your hard-earned cash? Let us know below.