Yooka-Laylee Gets Team17 as Publisher, October 2016 Release Date Targeted

Following Yooka-Laylee’s super successful Kickstarter run, studio Playtronic Games has now agreed to a deal to have Team17 publish the upcoming Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor.

In the press release, here’s what Creative Lead at Playtronic Games Gavin Price had to say:

From the very start we said that we’d welcome only a partner that could genuinely improve the creation of our game, while respecting the independence and creative autonomy of our development team. Team17’s 25-year industry-leading expertise will significantly benefit Yooka-Laylee in a myriad of ways, not least in expanded localisation, improved QA testing, certification and access to vastly better resources for our team. Working alongside such a strong partner will allow the Playtonic team to focus 100% of our efforts on building the best possible version of Yooka-Laylee for backers and new fans alike.

Debbie Bestwick, Team17’s Managing Director has a few choice words for the title as well.

We have deep respect for the team at Playtonic. They have a very rich heritage and have worked on titles close to the heart of a lot of our team here. We’ve been following their Kickstarter campaign with interest and are delighted to welcome them onto our label and into the Team17 family. I can’t wait to start working together on this great game and hope this is the start of a long term partnership between Team17 and Playtonic.

Revealed in the press release as having an October 2016 release window for the PC, Wii U, Xbox One and PS4, here’s the official game description for the 3D platformer straight from the press release:

Yooka-Laylee stars the charismatic new heroes Yooka and Laylee and using an arsenal of special moves like Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s sonar blast, players will explore – and expand – gorgeous 3D worlds filled with collectibles and secrets to discover.

The highly-anticipated project will feature environments and characters crafted by the artists behind the genre’s most beloved classics, plus a dream soundtrack created in collaboration with legendary composers David Wise (Donkey Kong Country series), Steve Burke (Kameo: Elements of Power) and Grant Kirkhope (Banjo-Kazooie series).

Check out this previous post for your first look at actual Yooka-Laylee gameplay. 

What do you think of this new duo so far? Are you planning on picking this up when it becomes available?