A little under two weeks ago, we heard that Playtonic Games was going to be revealing some big news about Yooka-Laylee soon. That day has arrived! A new update by the developer has given us a lot of new information about the game, including a basic plot summary, the introduction of new characters, details about the Toybox, and the use of collectables.
What is a game without a story? In the case of Yooka-Laylee, it has a pretty entertaining one. Yooka and Laylee will find themselves tracking down pages to a set of books known as the Grand Tomes. Along the way, they must battle a corporate bigwig named Capital B, attempting to stop him before he takes all of the world’s literature and uses it for his own profit. The heart of this story, however, lies with Capital B as his company, Diabolical Pulishing Corporation, has taken over Quack Corp., an ingenious tech company.
We also have new information about a couple of new characters which we will be learning more about later this month. The first is Dr. Quack, a ruthless fowl who, in order to please Capital B and the company’s shareholders, has created a slew of crude inventions for the company to take advantage of. The other character is Quack’s prodigy, Dr. Puzz. Unlike her mentor, Dr. Puzz jumped ship at the first sign of the corporate takeover. Dr. Puzz will be the at the center of Yooka-Laylee‘s transformations, so you’ll be seeing a lot of her throughout the game.
Much like Banjo-Kazooie, Yooka-Laylee will feature a wide range of collectables for you to pick up as you explore the worlds within. Collecting Tasty Butterfly Energy will refill your health as well as your power meter, which is a new mechanic to create fun, challenging gameplay while removing the need for resource management. Yooka and Laylee can also pick up quills, which are used as the game’s currency to put towards new moves. These moves will be able to be unlocked in any order the player chooses, adding a sense of choice to the game. The main collectable, however, will be Pagies. The Pagies and their power help unlock and expand the Grand Tomes, and as such are extremely important to the overall universe.
Playtonic also hasn’t forgotten about the Toybox mode promised during its Kickstarter campaign. In fact, for those who backed the project, Toybox will be available this July. Toybox isn’t merely a demo—it’s a self-contained, spoiler-free area in which you can have fun and get used to the game before it finally releases. There will be a lot of moves to attempt, collectables to gather, secrets to find, and even custom props to mess around with. Playtonic says that this mode took longer to release than they originally anticipated because it expanded into a “more significant chunk of playable content.”
For those of you hoping for a release date, you’re still out of luck. Playtonic isn’t quite ready to reveal this information, but they’re close. With Yooka-Laylee confirmed for being present at E3 this year, it wouldn’t surprise me if they announced it at that time. Until then, fans will have to be on the lookout for more updates, including a section in Edge Magazine on May 26th.
Source: Playtonic Games