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Yooka-Laylee were reasonably concerned when they saw critics give mostly average to mediocre scores for the retro revival title and 3D platformer from Playtonic Games. Many review outlets expressed that the biggest flaws with the game were its poor performance and sometimes erratic framerates, but now it looks like Playtonic is already addressing those concerns. Even before its commercial release, the developer has applied a patch to their game that should largely fix performances issues ranging from slowdown to poor camera controls.
There are actually a number of other changes being made to the title before it launches next week. Here is the full changelog of fixes and improvements:
- [Fixed] Camera will become locked in place after completing Gravity Room challenge in Galleon
- [Fixed] Grappling the seeds as they break in Planker’s challenge causes erratic behaviour in Moodymaze Marsh
- [Fixed] Game softlocks and has to be reset if the player leaves the course and faints during the Nimble race in Tribalstack Tropics
- [Fixed] Softlock will sometimes occur on the Hub C slide if the player faints at the same moment as the timer reaching zero
- [Fixed] If the player leaves Brreeeze Block’s room in the Icymetric Palace in Glitterglaze Glacier but remains in the world and returns to the same room then the isometric camera will be deactivated
- [Fixed] If player is killed by a bizzy in hub B and knocked back into the archive door at the exact same time, the screen will still transition. When the player respawns, they will be unable to move
- Performance improvements to various camera transitions in the introductory cut scene
- Performance improvements to Shipwreck Creek and Hivory Towers. Various areas have been improved including camera movement
- Performance improvements when using the light beam in the Icymetric Palace within Glitterglaze Glacier
- Performance improvements during the House of Cards ball roll course in Capital Cashino
- Performance improvements in the Bee-Bop arcade game
Most reviews are out for this nostalgia trip of a game, but it seems the main issues critics had for the game have been resolved before the April 11th release date. Do all of these fixes change whether or not you’ll be picking up Yooka-Laylee? Did you care about any of these in the first place, or were you going to get the game even before these improvements were made? Let us know in the comments!