On the eve of E3 2016, developer Playtonic has announced that Yooka-Laylee, the record-breaking crowdfunded platformer that broke onto the scene late last year, will now release during Q1 2017.
News of the delay arrives in tandem with a stylish gameplay trailer for the old-school title, one inspired and designed by much of the team that worked on N64 classic, Banjo-Kazooie.
Originally slated to launch for Kickstarter backers in October of 2016, Playtonic detailed its decision to postpone the release of Yooka-Laylee in an official blog post, simply stating that the game required an extra sheen of polish before making its debut.
While we felt confident we could ship the game in October as originally projected in our Kickstarter, the Playtonic team has decided that it would prefer to add a few extra months’ polish to the game schedule. Ultimately, this will allow us to deliver a better game to the tens-of-thousands of you who’ve supported us throughout development. And that’s what we all want, right?
We’re sure some will be disappointed by the prospect of a few extra months’ wait, however the team is confident that we’ve made the right decision for the game and that you’ll be pleased with the results when Yooka-Laylee arrives early next year.
Yooka-Laylee will have a presence at E3 2016 next week, when we expect Playtonic to offer up new details relating to story and general gameplay – not to mention the cutesy duo at the forefront.