In a recent Reddit AMA with Playtonic Games, character artist Steve Mayles was asked if there were any other animals considered for the lead roles in the studio’s upcoming platformer, Yooka-Laylee, before settling on the current chameleon and bat duo. Mayles gave insight into a couple of early concepts, including one that sounds suspiciously similar to Banjo-Kazooie‘s antagonist, Gruntilda. Here’s what he had to say:
“My initial idea was a tiger as they are great-looking animals, but he never got past the sketch phase. He was deemed a bit too much of a ‘hero’ when all of my past characters were more like underdogs. We even tried a witch and a broom with eyes at one point!”
— Steve Mayles
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