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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!
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Release Date, Trailer & Important Nintendo News

Posted by Playtonic Games (Creator)
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. 

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… 


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, 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.


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… 


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. 


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:


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!
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    1. Missing avatar

      Frank S. Ventimiglia on

      I'm still waiting on a reply. I'm extremely frustrated that PC backers didn't get a physical version, or the option to switch to a physical on another platform. I only purchased the PC version because every platform was digital. Had I known there would be physical releases, I definitely would not have gone this route. I've been emailing backerkit countless times and I'm still waiting on a reply. This was my first kickstarter, and the experience has been awful. I don't wish ill on playtonic or the game, as I love old Rare, and think this game is gonna be great. I don't appreciate backerkit screwing some of us over.

    2. Raz on

      I believe that, basically, alot of people are asking this question but: If I backed a Steam version, can i change to Switch?

    3. supersphinx64 on

      Will Steam/Xbox/PS4 version to Switch version be possible ?

    4. Slawikaruga on

      Hi guys!
      The Nintendo Switch is on its way to my living-room and I'd like to know when you are going to let us know more about the WiiU/Switch switch!
      Will the game be released on the platform? When will it be available? Will there be an additional cost for those who decide to go Switch?
      As a former WiiU backer, I was rather disappointed with your decision and I think we deserve some clarification... Don't let us down!

    5. Shandy Pants Studios on

      Just for clarification: Will the Wii U owners be able to transfer to the Switch for free? Thanks

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      Adam on

      Well... they can't really release it on Switch a month before PS4 and Xbox considering one of the stretch goals was a promise of a simultaneous launch across all consoles and PC OS's. Breaking a stretch goal is kind of a much bigger deal than altering details of the initial concept/pitch.
      Unless you mean they will change the Yooka-Laylee release date again to March 3rd.

    7. Robert Petersen

      My hunch is that in the next couple of weeks when Nintendo shows off some more titles, Yooka-Laylee will be present. Wouldn't be surprised if it became a launch title too.

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      Adam on

      So when do we get the chance to switch versions or cancel? I figured you guys would push an update shortly after the presentation if Nintendo ended up snubbing you from the presentation.

    9. Mitchell G

      While I am still upset about Yooka-Laylee being cancelled on the Wii U, despite being promised in the campaign (not as a stretch goal), over the holidays I did end up getting an XBone. When will we have the opportunity to select our platform?

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      Patrick Koonings on

      Will it also be possible to switch from PS4 to Nintendo Switch? I'd love to be able to play Yooka-Laylee on the go! :)

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      Bryce on

      Yeah let's hear about your switch release date so I can decide if I want a refund.

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      StarDust4Ever on

      Okay Switch press release is out. When you officially announce support for the platform and allow us to crossover?

    13. Dave Butler on

      Disappointed that the WiiU version was cancelled. Hoping I can switch my pledge to the Steam version and get the difference refunded.

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      Bryan Reynolds on

      when will xbox backers get their codes? I see we can pre order it on the xbox store, so I am confused as to why I don't have a code for that yet

    15. matthew on

      When will I get the email about switching versions?

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      -DarkWing- on

      @Ismail Amin

      Honesty on kickstarters projects is actually pretty damn scarce.

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      -DarkWing- on


      I'd agree with you if we were getting revenue, we are not, we are not investors, we shouldn't give a damn about what makes financial sense.

      @Ruben van Ophuizen

      They didn't, the wii u version was an "absolute reality" in october on that interview, the switch version was not even on the table, 2 months later they anounced they did all "humanly possible", in 2 months you do not realize what you did is not suited for your taget platform and try "everything", they either found out sooner and hid the information, or at some point the simply decided it was not worth it (and didn't even tried), so how come "is clear" that they worked hard to get it done?, 2 months is nothing. Do not deceive yourself.

    18. edwnc on

      Like it or not the Wii U is a dead console. It absolutely makes sense to cancel this version and invest those resources into a Switch version instead. If you're not happy about that, then tough. Get rid of that soon-to-be paperweight and buy a Switch instead.

      I originally backed the PS4 version, but I might look into getting the Switch version instead. It just doesn't feel right to play BK's spiritual successor on anything other than a Nintendo console.

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      Jessica on

      How do I change my pledge? I asked weeks ago and not got a reply to it. I bought the "Any console" and now I can't get it for wii u and I wanna change my pledge to something else.

    20. Ruben van Ophuizen on

      The reason I mentioned I own a PS4 now by the way, is to give a bit of insight what caused my change of perspective. Now that I'm not as indignant about not being able to play the game I backed for, I'm able to look at the other side of the coin a bit better. Still, I understand that people are bummed out about the Wii U cancellation, trust me. It sucks terribly that people are getting diddled out of a release for the console they own. But it's not fair to say that this is how Playtonic "wanted" it. That's all I'm saying.

    21. Ruben van Ophuizen on

      Okay! So, long story short, Christmas happened and I am an owner of a PS4 now. And reading through some of these back comments, despite having been in the same boat until a few days ago, I'm cringing. Why would Playtonic NOT be upset about letting down so many of their backers? Do you think they WANT to piss off so many people? That they're doing this on purpose for some reason? Give me a break. They clearly worked their damndest to make this happen. That whole conspiracy theory about Nintendo silently telling developers behind the scenes that they should no longer develop for Wii U and move their projects to Switch instead is total bunk, because if that was the case, then Hex Heroes wouldn't have been able to guarantee a Wii U release at this point anymore, either.

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      Ismail Amin on

      What bothers me about this update isn't that the Wii U version is being cancelled but that the developers are being dishonest about "technical issues". There's no way a company would promise a platform without researching, probably with a proof of concept, that it was possible. They should just be honest and say that the Wii U wasn't worth the investment and so they're building it for the Switch instead.

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      Shannon on

      I do agree with you -DarkWing- that “the form to get the refund or change the platform should have gone live with this update”, I think people would have been (slightly) less upset if they had more information and the ability to make their decision about what to do as soon as they found out the sad news. I guess a small benefit of telling us when they did is that if anyone was going to buy/ask for a Wii U for Christmas they had time to take it back for a refund/think of another gift, and also that Wii U backers who have the ability to purchase another console can maybe pick one up cheap during Boxing Day sales.

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      -DarkWing- on

      They way they have handled this cancelation it is pretty disrespectfull to wii u backers, they knew they were going to announce it, but they decided "o screw them, the rest of the backers will get the toy box, but a refund or changing platforms (so they actually get the toybox) for those second class backers will be later", the form to get the refund or change the platform should have gone live with this update. They were careless with their development so it moved out of the scope of the wii u, they should have known that ages ago, two months ago was "up and running" and suddenly "they did all they could" , now basically we are being treated as second class backers...

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      -DarkWing- on


      You think they are upsed about cancelling the wii u version? you are deceived.

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      Bryce on

      The switch version needs to come out in a window reasonably close to the launch date of the others, or you need to delay release of the others, or offer significant bonus content to Wii U backers regardless of what platform they change to. I backed this game to play on Wii U. If I have to wait more than a couple months after release then you don't deserve my backing and I want a refund. Let's be real here, you're not releasing it for Wii U because it doesn't make business sense to invest resources in it because of your launch window. Well I didn't back the game for you to allow that kind of decision making to impact the product I backed, and the thinly veiled excuse doesn't cut the mustard.

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      Shannon on

      @ -DarkWing- I just want people to remember before they type that Platonic is made up of a small group of actual humans who were upset not only because they had to cancel the Wii U version, but at the nasty vitriol they were getting from people who they thought were supporters (see some of Grant’s Tweets if you want evidence of how it was getting to them). So I’ve made my point and I’m sticking to it, but hey if you want to defend the people who are disrespectful to Playtonic, whatever.

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      -DarkWing- on


      Is still the same, you want people to think exactly the way you think, else you feel entitled to insult them...

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      Andy on

      I pleadged $15 for the Steam version, how do I get access to the toybox demo now?

    30. Missing avatar

      Shannon on

      To everyone asking about refunds, Playtonic said to someone on Twitter that they aim to reply to refund messages after Christmas.

    31. Maxime on

      Hope That the toybox will be soon accessible to the backers.
      Please playtonic ! Just a little code to donwload it :)

    32. Mark on

      I am happy that you have decided to make the Switch version. It makes more sense than Wii U. Also, it will be both a console and portable version, yay! :)

    33. Jacob A. McBride on

      Well for all you saying that all you have to do is PM playtonic for a Wii U refund it sure isn't working for me... I've had 2 messages go completely disregarded now. Playtonic = scam artists.

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      Sascha Meurer on

      any news on the toybox for people who backed below the toybox tier? is there a way to at least upgrade it get the toybox? or do i have to really buy it a second time? Please give an updated statement for this, thanks!

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      Shannon on

      @ -DarkWing- it's understandable to be disappointed, I'm sure most Wii U backers are. But it's the spiteful venomous way some people are acting, flipping from supportive backer to wishing them ill will (eg. "I hope the game flops massively") in the blink of an eye that is uncalled for and acting like a child having a tantrum.

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      Callum Murray on

      Well, disappointed its not longer coming to the Wii U, but ok with it being on the Switch... just disappointed again cos I wasn't planning on getting the Switch on release so I'll have to wait longer to play the game :(

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      -DarkWing- on


      So what part of not being ok with a decision that basically leaves him with no chance of playing the game (he states that he has only wii u) and viewed from another point of view could constitute false advertisement makes him a whinging child? I have to tell you, i didn't have a reason to trust playtronic, and there are even less reasons now, i'm not asking a refund yet because i want to gauge if buying another platform makes sense to me (certainly having to pay the initial pledge + the price of a new platform is really a lot), I don't want to change my pledge to pc because 6 months later it will be really cheap on pc. If he hasn't been given the refund yet he might think that he won't ever get it. So please stop being so consdescending with people that doesn't think the same way you do, you think playtronic is great despite that just less than 2 months ago they were ensuring that they wouldn't drop the wii u version and now it turns out they did? that's fine buddy, good for you, but do not pretend everyone has the obligation to think the way you do.

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      Shannon on

      @ -DarkWing-, actually I'm in the exact same situation as him, but I'm not acting like a whinging child. I trust Playtonic will make it right, so I'm going to wait until they give more information in January and go from there.

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      -DarkWing- on


      Well, if he was loyal to platronic because the wii u version, the fact that they ditched it gives jacob no reason to still be loyal, he also has the right to be mad, you are ok because you probably weren't affected, that's cool, but he is not....

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      Shannon on

      Wow, look at Jacob A. McBride the tantruming man-child! Having the audacity to comment about “loyalty” while simultaneously showing no loyalty himself by wishing ill will on Playtonic just because something didn’t go his way. Pretty sad the way that some supposed “fans” are acting.

    41. Jacob A. McBride on

      Such a d*** move by Playtonic to us Wii only users.... I hope your game flops miserably. You have assured I'll never back another Kickstarter project again (this was my very first!! So much for loyalty these day, huh??

      Please issue my full refund immediately.

    42. Jacob A. McBride on

      Complete utter bull shit not releasing on the Wii U Playtonic!! I seriously hope this game flops hard core now! You have lost a sale. Please refund me my hard earned money- you have assured I will never back a Kickstarter project again! So much for loyalty these days , huh?

    43. Miluette on

      I'm definitely getting a Switch when it comes out, so I'll gladly go for that.

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      A D Smith on

      It would be great if Playtonic could communicate how long it will take to process the refund for those folk who have requested one, following the cancellation of the Wii U version. I have tried messaging Playtonic in the main Kickstarter thread and via the backer messaging system without success. Has anyone seeking a refund had any communication from Playtonic yet?

    45. Killerhurtalot on

      @Anthony: You got it for $8 cheaper and get it for 4 months before the normal pre-orders get it...

      And when is this coming out for the backers? I assume that it should be out now since it said that we get it for 4 months before the pre-orders? and there's less than 4 months left to the launch of the game....

    46. Shaun Brown on

      Famous Youtubers get to play a demo version before your backers?
      Just like all the news sites got to play it before us and get updates before us.
      Or all the people who turned up at conventions to play the ToyBox before us.

      I'm looking forward to the game, but PlayTonic really haven't earned any respect from us.

    47. Korbinian Rottmair on

      I assume that the reason for the drop of the Wii U Version is that there is only 1GB RAM for the Game. The PS4 and X-Box One offer at least 5GB for Games, the Switch should get 4GB in total, maybe 3GB for games.

      The positive aspect is that they don't have to cut down the whole Game that it fits the Wii U. That would be probably expensive and time consuming, so I think it ist the best solution for the vast majority of the backers.

    48. Kyliia Willis on

      I supported this game and pledged around 20 dollars to get the Wii U version, but I have to say I'm not upset about this issue. They promised a game that would bring back the days of old Rare games. Wii U being added in was just a bonus if I remember correctly. After hearing the Wii U being discontinued, I was actually kind of suspecting this anyways as it was probably what sealed the deal really. Changing to the Switch will be better for it I believe, so I'm glad they at least tried to do what their fans asked, and since it didn't work, still delivering a replacement, unlike other projects that would just ditch us fans behind.

      Not all kickstarter projects can stay smooth sailing and they are fixing the issues the best they can. It's pretty sad seeing people changing from supportive to snippy in a drop of a dime over something out of their control like this. Cut them some slack.

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      Piet Stokman on

      Let's just wait and see! :)

    50. Iftekhar Ahmed on

      Lads, ignore all the people that are complaining about the Wii U version being discontinued. I can guarantee you that 90% of those whiners will make the "Switch" to Nintendo Switch. They should have been supportive of the concept before being supportive of the platform that it'll be on.