Yooka-Laylee Officially Revealed, Banjo Kazooie Spiritual Successor From Playtonic Games

Playtonic Games has revealed the title and characters of their first game, Yooka-Laylee.

The game is pitched as a spiritual successor to the Banjo-Kazooie games popularized by Rare, and this is no surprise. Playtonic’s staff is mostly comprised of former developers and employees from Rare, and they knew when they reassembled their team that fans would be anticipating they make games like their old hits.

Steve Mayles desiged Banjo and Kazooie, and he also designed Yooka and Laylee. Yooka is a chameleon who can attack enemies by rolling, and Laylee is a bat who can lift Yooka up and fly. Notably, Playtonic has yet to confirm the gender of either character.

Playtonic will be launching a Kickstarter today, on 5 PM BST, and as the most requested platform, Wii U was the first confirmed platform.

Playtonic shared this message on their website:

You told us you wanted Yooka-Laylee (or whatever it was called back then) to be the best game it could possibly be. You said you wanted sprawling, gorgeous worlds to explore, tons of smartarse characters to meet and inventive moves to learn… and you wanted to do it all on your gaming platform of choice.


When we launch our Kickstarter in less than 24 hours, you can help us tick all of those boxes and more. Together you can help our team create the game they’ve dreamed of making – and you might pick yourself up some cool swag in the process.

Are you looking forward to Yooka-Laylee? Will you be signing up for their Kickstarter immediately, or do you need to see more from Playtonic? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.