Yooka-Laylee returns as enhanced and remastered Yooka-Replaylee

Yooka-Laylee returns as enhanced and remastered Yooka-Replaylee
Images via Playtonic

Written by 

Tom Chapman


6th Jun 2024 18:30

Casting your minds back to the height of '90s gaming, few did it quite like Rare did. Churning out icon after icon on the Nintendo 64, it gifted us the likes of Conker's Bad Fur Day, Perfect Dark, Diddy Kong Racing, and GoldenEye. Others remember it for 1998's Banjo-Kazooie and its 2000 sequel, Banjo-Tooie.

While the franchise has lived on in the form of handhelds, the maligned Nuts & Bolts, and re-releases, nothing has quite lived up to the first two games. A young upstart landed on the scene in 2017, with Yooka-Laylee serving as a spiritual successor that tried to capture the magic of the OG Banjo-Kazooie.

Yooka-Laylee returns as Yooka-Replaylee

Yooka-Laylee is back and better than ever, with the aptly named Yooka-Replaylee. After the original game raised a record-breaking £2 million via Kickstarter, Playtonic is revisiting Yooka-Laylee and once again uniting that stoic chameleon with his snarky bat counterpart. 

Playtonic has announced Yooka-Replaylee at the world premiere reveal in the Guerrilla Collective. This is described as the definitive remastered and enhanced version of Yooka-Laylee. Featuring the same key creative talent who worked on Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country, Yooka-Replaylee is self-published by Playtonic Friends.

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To celebrate 10 years of Playtonic, the developer continues to grow and is revisiting Yooka-Laylee to give it the update it deserves. Combining feedback from players and experiences working on other projects, the team promises the ultimate version of the 3D collectathon. 

Improvements include an animation overhaul and enhanced performance to ensure our dynamic duo has never looked or moved better. You will also have to undertake entirely new challenges, collect a new currency, and use new tonics to power up your pals. 

That isn't all, with Playtonic promising it has tweaked that sometimes clunky camera that hampered Yooka-Laylee. There's also a brand-new world map to make sure you don't get lost, while the original score from Grant Kirkhope (Banjo-Kazooie) and David Wise (Donkey Kong Country) returns as an orchestral score. 

If you're sold, Senior Community Manager Steve James and some of the company founders will answer all your Yooka-Replaylee and Playtonic questions during a YouTube Q&A on Tuesday, June 11. 

Tom Chapman
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Tom Chapman
Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.
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