Playtonic Games has announced new details for their upcoming 3D platform game Yooka-Laylee, including a “Toybox” demo headed to PC in July.
Kickstarter backers who donated approximately $32 will be given access to the “Toybox” demo in the coming weeks — ahead of the game’s release on PC and consoles later this year.
“The Toybox isn’t a traditional ‘demo,’ but a self-contained, spoiler-free sandbox designed to give Yooka-Laylee backers a taste of the platforming to come in the final game,” reads an update posted today on Playtonic Games’ website. “There are plenty moves to try, custom-built props to play with, secrets to discover and yes, shiny collectibles to hunt out.”
Throughout May, Playtonic Games will dive into more detail about a new pair of support characters. One is a “hapless, multi-limbed scientist” named Dr. Puzz, while Dr. Quack is her “traitorous former colleague” and “ruthless, exosuit-wearing fowl.”
Yooka-Laylee is about a Lizard (Yooka) and Bat (Laylee) who team up to tackle challenging platform stages and solve mind-bending puzzles — made possible by former Rare employees such as composers David Wise (Donkey Kong Country) and Grant Kirkhope (Banjo-Kazooie). The game was successfully funded on Kickstarter on June 16, 2015 after a 45-day campaign.
In May 2015, the game’s creative director, Gavin Price, hinted that his team began talks with Nintendo to produce Yooka and Laylee amiibo figures. “Something in that area is still very much in our plans and there is nothing that is impossible to overcome, so what we do with that we will reveal at the right time,” Price said.
Were you one of the 80,000 fans who funded Yooka-Laylee last year? If so, are you looking forward to the upcoming “Toybox” demo on PC? Feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.