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The creative talent behind Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country reveal an all-new platforming adventure for consoles and PC!
The creative talent behind Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country reveal an all-new platforming adventure for consoles and PC!
The creative talent behind Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country reveal an all-new platforming adventure for consoles and PC!
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Important: Final Surveys Unlocked for Wii U & Console Backers!

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BackerKit surveys are now unlocked so that Wii U and console backers can make final changes to their platforms ahead of Yooka-Laylee’s release!

To review or check your own pledges, visit your BackerKit page. We’ve updated our detailed FAQ that should answer any questions you may have.

*** All changes (including shipping addresses if those apply) must be finalised by Thursday, 16th February, 2017 ***

In case you missed the news, Yooka-Laylee has gone gold! To thank you for your incredible support, after release and when all Kickstarter and game duties are completed, we will start work on a unique DLC pack exclusive and free to all backers! Look out for more news on that in the future.

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Final options depending on your current platform choice

Via BackerKit, Wii U backers can now do one of the following:

- Change to a PC digital Steam version (and receive Toybox Plus on PC Steam to compensate for price difference)

- Change to a digital console version (Xbox One, PS4 or Switch)

- Upgrade to a physical console version w/ console Toybox code (Xbox One or PS4 - £20 upgrade cost applies)

- Request a refund

*Please note that all Wii U backers who don’t choose another platform will be defaulted to PC digital Steam

*Physical versions will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. There is a limited supply, however we anticipate stock is enough to cover demand.

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Via BackerKit, Xbox One & PS4 backers (or physical PC backers with additional console codes) can now do one of the following:

- Change to a PC digital Steam version (and receive Toybox Plus on PC Steam to compensate for price difference)

- Change to a different digital console version (Xbox One, PS4 or Switch)

- Upgrade to a physical console copy w/ console Toybox code (Xbox One or PS4 - £20 upgrade cost applies)

- If you’re happy with your original choice, do nothing at all!

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PC digital backers

- Thank you for your support too. You don’t need to make any adjustments to your survey and will receive your pledges as planned.

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Huge thanks again to all backers for your patience and support as we work through the process of delivering many physical items, plus complex fulfilment plans, to ensure that everyone is as satisfied as possible with the game, on their platform of choice!

Important Update: Prepare Final Choices!

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Today we have a very important update on how console backers will soon be able to prepare their final platform choices for Yooka-Laylee, ahead of the game’s April 11 release.
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Very soon we will unlock BackerKit surveys and allow you to make final adjustments to your game platform including Nintendo Switch, plus the opportunity to upgrade to a physical version for PS4 and XB1. Wii U backers affected by our recent announcement can also request a refund.


Thanks for your patience on this: we’ve been working very hard here at Playtonic not just to keep everyone as satisfied as we can, but to deliver the game you expect too.

First, an important reminder: Ahead of console surveys being unlocked (we will send another update to let you know when that happens), we encourage all Kickstarter backers to make sure they have access to their BackerKit account and contact BackerKit support to solve any issues. We’ve also prepared a detailed FAQ that should answer any questions you may have.

Digital console backers: Please note that if you choose to step up to a physical console version a £20 GBP upgrade cost will be required, which covers cost of goods, handling and shipping.

We continue to work closely with Nintendo on plans for a Nintendo Switch version of Yooka-Laylee and more details will be revealed in the future. We’d like to thank our many Nintendo fans for their continued patience and understanding while we form our plans: we hope to make your platform of choice a great place to experience Yooka-Laylee in the future!

Note: Upon release, the Switch version will be delivered to backers via digital game codes and thus no additional upgrade cost is required.
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Forthcoming options depending on your current platform choice 

When we unlock your survey through BackerKit, Wii U backers will be able to do one of the following: 
- Change to a PC digital Steam version (and receive Toybox Plus on PC Steam to compensate for price difference) 
- Change to a digital console version (Xbox One, PS4 or Switch) 
- Upgrade to a physical console version (Xbox One or PS4 - £20 upgrade cost applies) 
- Request a refund 
 *Please note that all Wii U backers who don’t choose another platform will be defaulted to PC digital Steam 
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When we unlock your survey through BackerKit, Xbox One & PS4 backers will be able to do one of the following: 
- Change to a PC digital Steam version (and receive Toybox Plus on PC Steam to compensate for price difference) 
- Change to a different digital console version (Xbox One, PS4 or Switch) 
- Upgrade to a physical console copy (Xbox One or PS4 - £20 upgrade cost applies) 
- If you’re happy with your original choice, do nothing at all! 

PC digital backers 
- Thank you for your support too. You don’t need to make any adjustments to your survey and will receive your pledges as planned. 

Huge thanks again to all backers for your patience and support as we work through the process of delivering many physical items, plus complex fulfillment plans, to ensure that everyone is as satisfied as possible with the game, on their platform of choice! 

Look out for another message soon alerting you to when your BackerKit survey is unlocked.   

Rextro's Multiplayer Modes Revealed!

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Keep hold of your spare change: Rextro’s awesome arcade games are coming to Yooka-Laylee!

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Playable in both single-player mode or with up to four players in local multiplayer, these 8 unique competitive games are designed to channel the heyday of couch multiplayer, when ‘lag’ meant forgetting what time of day it was when your mates eventually switched off and stumbled home.


There are eight different games – accompanied by retro-tastic tunes from the one and only Steve Burke (Kameo, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts) – including arena brawler Glaciators, old-school racer Kartos Karting and the friendship-destroying Jobstacle Course. Check out more screenshots over on the Yooka-Laylee game page.

As well as the local multiplayer arcade games, Yooka-Laylee offers a second player the opportunity to co-star in the main Yooka-Laylee adventure. Taking control of the Bee Team, a second player can grab quills, collect and store butterflies, stop traps and more! 

 
REMINDER: Ahead of the option to switch platforms, we encourage all Kickstarter backers to make sure they have access to their Backer Kit account and contact Backer Kit support to solve any issues.

We’re currently working on a much larger update with information on, among other things, how Kickstarter backers will be able to change platforms and upgrade to physical versions. Thanks for your patience while we get the details up to scratch. 

Release Date, Trailer & Important Nintendo News

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The season for over-consuming and brawling with relatives is almost upon us, but we at Playtonic have prepared some early festive gifts for you - and none of them involve us coming round your house for a scrap. 
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With work on Yooka-Laylee almost complete, the details of our release plans can finally be etched in stone. There’s a lot to get through, but before we do: the Playtonic team would like to thank every backer and fan for your stellar support in 2016. Soon we’ll reward your noble dedication with a game that – hopefully – tickles you very, very much. 

Onwards to the news… 

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Mark your Calendars 

Today we can finally confirm that Yooka-Laylee will launch on April 11, 2017 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac and Linux, with pre-orders now available at £34.99 / $39.99 / €39.99 for non-Kickstarter backers in both digital and physical formats from all participating stores worldwide! 
Looks like he's got a handle of things.
Looks like he's got a handle of things.
 

After a 4-month exclusivity period for Kickstarter backers, we're also giving those who pre-order the chance to try the Yooka-Laylee Toybox. We’re also currently looking in to ways we can make the console Toybox available to appropriate backers, which we’ll update you on soon.

On Steam and GOG.com, you’ll also find special Digital Deluxe versions of Yooka-Laylee which include a digital soundtrack and manual / art book. 

Kickstarter backers will soon be able to upgrade their pledge to a physical version, but we need a little bit longer to finalise the method. Our priority is to make sure that physical backers receive their game as soon as possible and not weeks late, so we want to make sure we choose the right distribution method before taking your pledges. 

Don’t worry: as soon as upgrades are ready we’ll email all backers via Kickstarter.

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Slots of Fun 

Introducing our latest gameplay trailer, featuring the brand new world Capital Cashino! 

 

 

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! 

As with all the worlds in Yooka-Laylee, players can choose to expand Captial Cashino and make the environment even larger and more complex, with whole new areas to explore, characters to meet and challenges to complete. And if you find Dr. Puzz, she has a head-spinning transformation to unlock! 

Capital Cashino is just a hint at what’s in store for the final game. There are still plenty of secrets left to uncover… 

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Making the Switch 

After many challenging months, we’re finally able to update you on the Wii U version of Yooka-Laylee and announce a number of developments. 

 

The Playtonic team is sad to confirm that despite our best efforts and exploring every possible avenue, we’ve encountered unforeseen technical issues that unfortunately mean it will be impossible for us to release the game on Wii U as initially planned. 

We can however confirm the exciting news that we are now working very closely with Nintendo to look to bring Yooka-Laylee to the upcoming Nintendo Switch. We’re looking forward to exploring the opportunity and will have more details to share early next year. 

We’d like to apologise to those affected by this development and offer all Wii U backers the opportunity to move their pledge free-of-charge to any of the versions launching on April 11th (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac or Linux) or upgrade to the Nintendo Switch version when we announce further details in 2017. 

Information on how backers can change their formats will arrive in January, once we’ve finalised the smoothest possible solution. For more details on our platform change, we’ve prepared a Yooka-Laylee Wii U FAQ page

The Playtonic team thank you for your continued support and understanding on this issue and hope you look forward to future developments on the Nintendo front. We hope, in the fullness of time, we can make Nintendo platforms a great place to experience Yooka-Laylee – and beyond. 

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Now Streaming 

From today you might notice some of your favourite streamers and video merchants begin producing Yooka-Laylee content, from the same demo that was recently present at the PlayStation Experience and EGX expos. 
Slippery Dealings
Slippery Dealings
 

We’re very much looking forward to seeing how they get on. The feedback we received from attendees at consumer shows was brilliant and humbling – and that’s from a months-old demo with lots of content, features and polish missing! 

As a special thanks for your support, we’ve put together a short video for Kickstarter to give you a taste of what Tribalstack Tropics will be like in the final game, fully fleshed out. Hopefully you agree it’s a nice demonstration of the progress we’ve made in the past few months:

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Thanks again for your support in another super year for Playtonic. From everyone at the studio, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and we’ll see you in 2017 for an even better one!

Boxed Version Update!

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Greetings, backers and welcome to the sort-of-monthly Playtonic Labour Update, serving as both an insightful update on the progress of the Playtonic team, and a rare break for us from the punishing development mines (don’t worry: we’ll be pushed straight back down the dev shaft as soon as we’ve pressed the submit button).  

 

This month the Playtonic team exhibited at the EGX expo in Birmingham, where attendees were offered the opportunity to be the first members of the public (other than Kickstarter backers!) to sample a short demo of Yooka-Laylee. It was an excellent few days, topped by some humbling media coverage (BBC! Shortlist!) and best of all the lovely things visitors said about our game. 

In case you missed the hoo-ha, the brummy bash was also the platform for our latest Yooka-Laylee video, featuring a parade of major supporting characters and a very special guest… Yacht Club Games’ Shovel Knight! 

As our own Chris Sutherland explained, the guest appearance emerged from a mutual admiration between Playtonic and the Californian studio: "We've always been fans of Shovel Knight and thought it'd be great to have some guest star characters from the rest of the indie community. It's great for indies to be able to do that. There's no kind of big barrier, you don't have to go through seven levels of approval, you just go: yeah, we're going to do that." 

It was also very nice of Yacht Club to supply both the 3D model and voice of their titular warrior. You can look forward to meeting and assisting him in Yooka-Laylee early next year! You will have spotted all kinds of new and familiar characters in the same video – plus an aural glimpse of a new Grant Kirkhope tune – but be assured there’s still much, much more you don’t know about waiting to be discovered in the final game. 

 

RELEASE UPDATE 

With everyone safely back in their office chairs, development progresses unhindered on Yooka-Laylee. As we get closer to launch and our plans take final form, we’re finally able to clarify many of your most burning inquiries and requests. One such query we’re delighted to tackle today is the ever-booming call for a boxed version of Yooka-Laylee. Do we have plans for a boxed release? Today we can confirm that the answer is, yes! 

 We’re delighted to be able to offer Yooka-Laylee in both digital and boxed flavours in time for the game’s launch in Q1 2017. As we speak, our business badgers are busily burrowing away on an initiative that will allow Kickstarter backers to upgrade their digital pledge to a physical version, if they choose to do so. We’re not ready to share the exact details just yet, but very soon you should be able to stick your head in the badger hole and look for yourself. 

BACKER CREDITS: FINAL CALL 

It wouldn’t be an update without a bit of housekeeping, and today’s involves Kickstarter Backer game credits. 

Kickstarter backers are reminded to please stick to the below guideless when providing your name for the Yooka-Laylee backer credits. Our credits overlords tell us they’re quite intimidated by the impending mandate to shift through 70,000 names, and would really appreciate it if you could triple-check that your supplied credits name falls in to the guidelines below to avoid your name not making the scratch. 

Backer credits guidelines: 

  •  Anything that is not identifiable or verifiable as a name or nickname risks not being included 
  • ASCII art and Unicode characters are not allowed 
  • Only the first line of text will be used 
  • Anything above the character limit will be cut off 
  • There should be no messages to Playtonic in the credits name field 
  • URLs and hashtags are not allowed

If you need to make changes to your backer credit, please visit Backer Kit and if necessary contact their support. 

 Thanks for your support!