Before Yooka-Laylee gets released this October, EDGE was able to get the highly-anticipated platformer featured in their magazine. In the article, EDGE describes Yooka-Laylee as “almost unrecognizable from the footage that convinced so many to part with their money.” While the two main characters remain the same, the world is “significantly more substantial than we’d anticipated, with a scale and a level of detail belying the size of the team making it.” Fans will be happy to learn that Yooka-Laylee will have many nods from previous classic N64 platformers such as Banjo-Kazooie.
Like in Banjo-Kazooie, the characters who you interact act with will speak in gibberish. Director Chris Sutherland and Composer Grant Kirkhope explained that it was difficult trying to remember how to make the characters sound like they did before, stating that the development team “spent a lot of time trying to figure out the timing and iterating regularly until it sounded just right.”
When it comes to the collectibles in Yooka-Laylee, each item will have a benefit. Ghosts are located in each world, and each ghost you meet will be unique. Some ghosts hide, while others attack or require you to chase and capture it. The game will have 200 quills scattered across the game in race circuits and mine cart tracks, which can be spent to teach Yooka and Laylee new abilities, such as a sonar shot for Laylee that fires translucent sound waves and gains access to areas you couldn’t reach before. Additionally, there are tokens that unlock multiplayer arcade games, which can be found in the main menu and support four players. EDGE also mentions an interesting tidbit where you can actually transform Yooka-Laylee‘s world yourself.
“At first, your impact is relatively small: spitting out a Splash Berry to feed a raincloud sees it generate a waterfall that fills a dry riverbed, opening up new areas to explore. Choose a Frost Berry instead, and the river will freeze over, giving you access to a harder race across a slippier surface. But while you can move onto the next area once you’ve collected enough Pagies – the equivalent to Banjo-Kazooie’s Jiggies – you can also spend them on expanding the environment. This bolts on a huge extra chunk of level furniture, with a towering monument that dwarfs what was there before (and which begs to be scaled), and opens up a broader range of activities, this time set at a higher difficulty to test the platforming pluck of more thorough explorers.” — EDGE
Players will be happy to know that challenges will not be repeated across the various worlds, because the developers want you to be constantly surprised. Every time you do unlock a new world, Trowzer will give you a new ability as a sign of appreciation for letting him expand his business. A New Game+ mode where all moves are unlocked from the beginning will also be an option in the game.
Yooka-Laylee is scheduled to be released this October for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and PC.