Playtonic Games isn't done with Yooka-Laylee, the 3D platforming spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie. The game has been teased recently for a release on yet another gaming platform... a platform that did not initially receive the game when it first launched earlier this year. I'm talking about the Nintendo Switch.
The news about the game potentially coming to the Nintendo Switch came courtesy of a tweet from the official Playtonic Games Twitter account.
The tweet is all sorts of cheeky, given that it shows the 3D platformer running on the Nintendo Switch hardware via an off-screen capture. We see Yooka in one of the later stages of the game, standing there staring at the screen, indicating that the title could be closer to completion than we thought.
The tweet informs the Nintendo gaming community that more news about the Switch version of the game will arrive "soon." How soon? We don't know.
Playtonic is, of course, working hard on the port for Nintendo's newest hybrid console that also doubles as a portable device.
Yooka-Laylee originally came out back in April, 2017 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The game received a lot of generally positive reviews from critics and gamers alike, many of whom enjoyed the fact that the game was a throwback to the old-school Banjo Kazooie-style games from the N64 era of gaming.
The developers originally had the game Kickstarted back in spring of 2015, where the team managed to gather up more than $2 million in funding from more than 70,000 backers in order to bring the budget-priced title to life.
Team17 later joined in on the fray to help with the publishing and distribution, and, over the course of two years, Playtonic managed to finish and release Yooka-Laylee to the public.
Originally, the game was scheduled to release on all the major game consoles, Linux, PC and the Wii U. However, given that the Wii U basically died during that time, the developers instead decided to shift focus toward the Nintendo Switch, which has become a fairly big deal in the marketplace recently.
If Playtonic plays its cards right, it would likely be beneficial to have the game up and out for the Nintendo Switch before the holiday season gets here. There are a number of high-profile games set to launch on the Switch this fall, including but not limited to Skyrim, Super Mario Odyssey and WWE 2K18 to name a few. A lot of gamers on the thread also warned them that it could be a tough sell if they don't release before Super Mario Odyssey.
Anyway, if the developers can include things like HD rumble, and the cooperative multiplayer is fairly intuitive, it could end up being the definitive version of the game. For now we just have to sit back and wait for more news before getting too hyped, though.
Yooka-Laylee is currently available on PC, Mac, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.