Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee is scheduled to release early next year, reviving the 3D platformer genre for a new generation, and developer Playtonic Games has just announced an exciting collaboration. Shovel Knight, the titular star of one of the most popular indie games in years, will make a guest appearance in Yooka-Laylee as a non-playable character.
Playtonic Games released a new trailer for Yooka-Laylee at EGX, showcasing the game’s colorful cast of quirky characters, including Shovel Knight himself. Playtonic director Chris Sutherland had this to say about the team-up:
“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.”
— Chris Sutherland
What kind of role would you like to see Shovel Knight have in Yooka-Laylee? Are you hoping to see other crossovers in the game? Sound off in the comments!