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Yooka-Laylee - A 3D Platformer Rare-vival!

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The creative talent behind Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country reveal an all-new platforming adventure for consoles and PC!
Backers: 73206
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Funded: £2,090,104 of £175,000
Dates: May 1st -> Jun 16th (47 days)
Project By: Playtonic Games
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Top 10 Highest-Funded Kickstarter Games of All Time

November 21st - via: twinfinite.net
A lot of games get their start on Kickstarter, some that have released and some that haven't; here is the list of the ten games were highest-funded. (Read More)

Yooka-Laylee 64-Bit Tonic Makes the Original Game Look Retro

October 8th - via: heraldpublicist.com
Yooka-Laylee was already a loving throwback to traditional 3D collectathon platformers. Now the sport is getting a brand new mode to actually emulate that look, (Read More)

Adorable Platformer

June 7th - via: variety.com
Will launch on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam later this year, publisher Team17 announced on Friday. (Read More)

Playtonic Games teases a potential Yooka Laylee 2 reveal

June 6th - via: gamepur.com
Could we be looking at a sequel to the adventure game homage? (Read More)

[COMING SOON] Team17 hints at Yooka-Laylee 2 reveal next week

May 31st - via: gamerevolution.com
Team17 has announced that it will unveil two new games next week, and details in the announcement image seem to hint that one of these games is Yooka-Laylee 2. (Read More)

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May 7th - via: redbull.com
Game development is a tricky thing. That may seem like the understatement of the year, but if you have a phenomenal idea but the person you (Read More)

Playtonic Has Recently Revealed That Over 1 Million Players Have Already Played YOOKA-LAYLEE

November 25th - via: gamefragger.com
Yooka-Laylee is the result of a Kickstarter campaign that aimed to give players a similar experience to the classic Banjo-Kazooie, released for the Nintendo 64 back in 1998, as the proper spiritual successor to Rare's beloved 3d platformer series. The game was developed by Playtonic, which is an independent developer based in England that was formed by Rare.Ltd veterans who had worked on several projects for the company now owned by Microsoft; including the Banjo-Kazooie series. (Read More)

Unity issues slowing down Switch ports

September 26th - via: gamesindustry.biz
Yooka-Laylee release date still TBC (Read More)

Rocky Mountain Gamer: Smaller games you should be playing

April 20th - via: timescall.com
Once upon a time, the world of video games was so obsessed with Nintendo's "Super Mario" series that other companies made platforming games too. Some talented designers missed making quality platform games and decided to strike out on their own with a crowd-funded Kickstarter game, "Yooka-Laylee." (Read More)

Yooka-Laylee review: wide-eyed wonder for nostalgic 90s kids

April 4th - via: theguardian.com
It may look like a game for children but this primary coloured, Kickstarter-funded platformer is catnip for 30-somethings who came of age with Banjo-Kazooie (Read More)

Yooka-Laylee Devs Have Given Us A Rap Song

April 2nd - via: bleedingcool.com
As part of their stretch goals on their Kickstarter campaign for (Read More)

Playtonic Flooded with Yooka-Laylee Refund Requests Over JonTron's Removal

March 24th - via: craveonline.com
Playtonic's decision to remove JonTron from Yooka-Laylee has inevitably led to cries of "censorship." (Read More)

Playtonic removes controversial YouTuber JonTron from Yooka-Laylee

March 23rd - via: gamesindustry.biz
?We do not endorse or support JonTron's personal viewpoints? (Read More)

Playtonic to ditch JonTron from Yooka-Laylee following anti-immigrant comments

March 23rd - via: eurogamer.net
Yooka-Laylee developer Playtonic is removing the vocal performance of YouTube personality Jon "JonTron" Jafari, who plays a bit part in the game (Read More)

JonTron cut from Yooka-Laylee just before the game's launch

March 23rd - via: destructoid.com
All the way back in February 2015, developer Playtonic invited YouTube personality Jon Jafari, aka "JonTron," to be in their game Yooka-Laylee (Read More)

JonTron: Yooka-Laylee Ditches Voice Actor Over Controversy

March 23rd - via: time.com
Jon Jafari has been removed from the upcoming platformer Yooka-Laylee following his incendiary and false claims about race and immigration (Read More)

Yooka-Laylee Goes Gold, Playtonic Team Gains Viva Pinata Designer

January 30th - via: twinfinite.net
Playtonic Games has announced that Yooka-Laylee has officially gone gold, along with another former member of Rare joining the team. (Read More)

Yooka-Laylee Release Date Revealed; Wii U Version Cancelled

December 13th - via: gamerant.com
Playtonic Games announces the release date for Yooka-Laylee, and confirms that the game won't see a release on the Wii U as a result of 'unforeseen technical issues.' (Read More)

Yooka-Laylee's Toybox is Already Great Fun

August 3rd - via: cliqist.com
We take a look at Yooka-Laylee's Toybox to see how the game is looking in its first publicly playable build. (Read More)

Yooka-Laylee Toybox rolled out to Kickstarter backers

July 28th - via: godisageek.com
Playtonic Games have begun rolling out codes for their Yooka-Laylee Toybox experience to eligible Kickstarter backers, allowing them a spoiler-free look at the how the game will play when it launches early next year. (Read More)

Yooka-Laylee Socks Exist, and That's All There is to Say About Them

July 12th - via: cliqist.com
Yooka-Laylee socks exist, and the Kickstarter campaign for it is bringing in ludicrous amounts of money. One writer is having trouble coming to terms. (Read More)

How 3D Platformers Fare on Kickstarter

July 12th - via: cliqist.com
3D platformers should be one of the genres that flourishes on Kickstarter, and Yooka-Laylee should do nothing but help. But is that really the case? (Read More)

Yooka-Laylee now has a 'firm' release window of Quarter 1, 2017

June 6th - via: destructoid.com
Yooka-Laylee (a project that I backed immediately), is benefiting from constant updates this past year, all of which have been rather flattering. (Read More)


May 20th - via: siliconera.com
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Yooka-Laylee's Nostalgia Driven Cash Party

May 5th - via: cliqist.com
3D platformers might be dead to AAA publishers, but on Kickstarter they're alive and well, thanks in part to Yooka-Laylee and Playtonic Games. (Read More)

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February 15th - via: develop-online.net
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Games helped drive Kickstarter success in 2015, says analyst

February 15th - via: themalaymailonline.com
A new report explains how game projects continued to push Kickstarter in 2015, a best-ever year for the category (and the service) that saw successes like Shenmue III and Yooka-Laylee make serious money. (Read More)

Successful Kickstarter Videogame Campaigns and Analysis for 2015

February 1st - via: cliqist.com
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The New Way to Fund a Developer's Dream

December 25th - via: sbindependent.org
In recent years, many independent developers have looked to gamers for support when it comes to funding their projects. This process of getting the consumer involved with the funding of the game's development is known as crowd funding. (Read More)

6 of the Biggest Video Game Surprises of 2015

December 20th - via: cheatsheet.com
Fans of games and series we thought we'd never see again were well-served this year. (Read More)

3DS Added as Stretch Goal on Ghost Police Kickstarter

October 17th - via: nintendolife.com
Potential soundtrack to be composed by Shovel Knight Composer - Many promising and interesting projects have been made possible only because of Kickstarter. The crowdfunding startup has help give shape to games such as Shovel Knight, Mighty No. 9, Yooka-Laylee, and many more. (Read More)

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September 16th - via: pastemagazine.com
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Worms Developer Team17 Assisting on Yooka-Laylee

August 2nd - via: celebcafe.org
In other news, Playtonic’s game now has a publisher. Playtonic chose to partner with Team 17 despite this in order to smooth over the nuts and bolts of Yooka-Laylee’s development. (Read More)

Creators of Kickstarter Alum Yooka-Laylee Joins Forces With Publisher Team17; Doesn’t Receive Anymore Funding

July 31st - via: crowdfundinsider.com
On Thursday, Playtonic Games, the creators of the Kickstarter success Yooka-Laylee, announced it has teamed up with Team17 to publish the highly anticipated video game. (Read More)

Crowdfunding Publisher Profile: Team17

July 28th - via: cliqist.com
Cliqist profiles Team17, an independent developer, but also a publisher worth keeping an eye on that publishes crowdfunded games. (Read More)

With No New Banjo at E3 2015, Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter Concludes With $3.2M

June 17th - via: gamespot.com
The Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor from former Rare staff has wrapped up a very successful crowdfunding campaign. (Read More)

Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter Concludes With £2.1 Million

June 17th - via: ign.com
Free DLC for backers is confirmed. (Read More)

£2 Million Reached! You did it!

June 13th - via: kickstarter.com
Even through the swirling fog of E3 media war, with just 13 hours to go you dug deep into your pockets, purses and wallets to ensure and ensure Yooka-Laylee hit the £2 million stretch goal![*] This means backers and Paypal customers (who've pledged... (Read More)

New Screens & Almost £2 Million!

June 12th - via: kickstarter.com
Overnight the Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter total (including £27k in PayPal funding) cleared £1.9 million, which means the campaign goes into its final four days less than 100k away from the free backer DLC stretch goal. To celebrate the occasion we've... (Read More)

GOG Version & 64-Bit Edition Restock!

June 11th - via: kickstarter.com
Guess what? Go on, guess. No? OK, well we’ve managed to get some more stock of the most popular Yooka-Laylee backer rewards. And for the horribly wealthy (or poorly budgeted) among you, there’s even a new VIP tier!.How very exciting. Let’s have... (Read More)

Kirkhope's Cool Music Teaser

June 10th - via: kickstarter.com
Do you see what we did there? Hot (chilled?) from the Kirkhope audio oven, Mr. Grant offers an aural tease of his score for Yooka-Laylee's ice world. Expect more reveals during the campaign's final six days as we tumble towards that £2 million... (Read More)

A New Challenger Approaches!

June 9th - via: kickstarter.com
Ooh! What could this be teasing? What have we got? Free half-chicken at Nandos! Well, we might. For you lot, though, we’re offering something far more delicious; the gift of knowledge. Specifically, word of a new challenger approaching the... (Read More)

New Art & Video Interview!

June 5th - via: kickstarter.com
This week the Playtonic team did a ‘Reddit AMA’, which those in the office under 45 advised as a fashionable thing to do. You can find a lengthy summary over on the forums, but really all you need to know is this; Grant Kirkhope is a plonker, we... (Read More)

[VIDEO] Yooka-Laylee Hopefully Bigger Than Banjo-Kazooie

June 4th - via: ign.com
The spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie certainly won't be short of content. (Read More)

Did Yooka-Laylee & Bloodstained Usher in a New Era of Crowdfunding Fans

June 2nd - via: cliqist.com
Cliqist looks at how Yooka-Laylee and Bloodstained are bringing in a fresh crop of Kickstarter backers. (Read More)

Kirkhope Plays Ukulele for Yooka-Laylee!

June 1st - via: kickstarter.com
With only 15 days left for the Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter, we thought we’d boost backer morale with a rousing reminder of Grant Kirkhope’s musical call to action. In just two weeks’ time we’re going to make this man play a Ukulele at E3 –... (Read More)

New Character & Reddit AMA!

May 27th - via: kickstarter.com
Just like buses, you wait ages for one character reveal and then a load turn up at once - and some drunken hoodlum’s urinated all over ‘em. Introducing the Ghost Writers! "Come closer! Tee-hee!” None wearing pants, sadly. In their physical days... (Read More)

Yooka-Laylee and The Resurgence of 3D Platformers and 90s Gaming on Kickstarter

May 23rd - via: cliqist.com
Cliqist looks at the revival of 3D platformers and 90's era styled video games on Kickstarter, and what the success of Yooka-Laylee means. (Read More)

PayPal Support is Live!

May 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
After much tooling around in the Kickstarter engine room, we can finally kick the motors into gear and activate one of our campaign’s most requested features: PayPal. If you would like to back Yooka-Laylee, we’d prefer it if you donated via this... (Read More)

New interview!

May 21st - via: kickstarter.com
Programmer by day, operatic voice artist by night, Chris Sutherland – or ‘Father Playtonic’, as he’s known in some corners – is the most senior and dexterous Yooka-Laylee team member.   With almost 30 years under his belt, Mr. S is... (Read More)

Yooka-Laylee & Bloodstained: Two Nostalgic, Successful Kickstarters with Very Different Strategies

May 20th - via: cliqist.com
Cliqist takes a look at the Kickstarter campaigns for Yooka-Laylee and Bloodstained. Two nostalgic and mega successful campaigns that are quite different. (Read More)

New Clip & Pushing for £2M!

May 19th - via: kickstarter.com
Laylee the Bat may look sweet and innocent in our promotion renders, but as this latest clip straight off the Playtonic art desk shows, the devil does indeed make work for idle mammals… Click to View Large Version! It’s been another 100mph week... (Read More)

'Big indie' Kickstarters are killing actual indies

May 19th - via: polygon.com
We all know the Kickstarter bubble is bursting. And when it inevitably pops, Kickstarters like Bloodstained will be the ones holding the thumbtack. (Read More)

Yooka Laylee is the Most Funded Kickstarter Game in the UK

May 17th - via: playstationlifestyle.net
Playtonic Games' Yooka Laylee is now the most funded Kickstarter Game in the UK, beating Elite: Dangerous. (Read More)

Paypal update & Gamexplain interview

May 16th - via: kickstarter.com
The Playtonic team is still working away on a number of important community updates, one of which is the much-requested Paypal support, which I’m reliably told is being worked on and should go live soon. Backers can also expect to sample a few... (Read More)

64-Bit Edition Powers Up!

May 16th - via: kickstarter.com
The limited edition ’64-bit’ package has been one of Yooka-Laylee’s most sort after backer rewards, with all packages currently sold out and a man, somewhere, frantically attempting to source 500 mint 90s cartridges..The retro-themed package... (Read More)

Yooka-Laylee Beats Elite: Dangerous as Most Funded Kickstarter Game in UK

May 16th - via: gamespot.com
Yooka-Laylee, a spiritual successor to legendary Nintendo 64 game Banjo-Kazooie, is now the most funded Kickstarter game in the United Kingdom. (Read More)

Yooka-Laylee is the most successful UK game to hit Kickstarter

May 14th - via: wired.co.uk
Playtonic Games' Yooka-Laylee has broken crowdfunding records, becoming the most funded UK game ever launched on Kickstarter. (Read More)

New Stretch Goal: Payback Time!

May 11th - via: kickstarter.com
Smashing it up like a student in Yates’s, Yooka-Laylee backers have strawpedo’d their way through the latest stretch goal, and so now an orchestral soundtrack will be enjoyed by all. But before you stumble towards the high street intending to... (Read More)

New Character & FAQ Update!

May 8th - via: kickstarter.com
"ALRIGHT GEEZERSSS… COME TO LEARN FROM THE BESSST?" As the Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter campaign ascends to even more spectacular heights, it’s high time we introduced you to the game’s first support character: flash, wheeler dealing serpent,... (Read More)

Fan Art & Questions Update

May 6th - via: kickstarter.com
Pretty pictures, sir? Madam? Step right this way… If images are worth a thousand words, then you lot have already penciled an encyclopedia of Yooka-Laylee fandom. Since we unveiled our new heroes last week, the sheer amount of spectacular imagery... (Read More)

Rare Platformer Nostalg-o-Kickstarter: Yooka-Laylee

May 5th - via: rockpapershotgun.com
You may have thought we’d run out of nostalgia to mine for Kickstarter but good gravy no! A group of folks formerly of Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country developers Rare, now at their own studio Playtonic Games, launched a crowdfunding campaign for a ye olde 3D N64-stylee platformer on Friday and have already blown past their goal. (Read More)

Playtonic Games Yooka-Laylee: Talks Microsoft, Sony & Nintendo, plus Kickstarter

May 4th - via: examiner.com
The folks who were responsible for bringing to life one of the most beloved franchises on the Nintendo 64 are going back to those same inspirations and roots. (Read More)

Yooka-Laylee breaks Kickstarter records, meets several funding goals

May 4th - via: gamedynamo.com
Evidently, I am not the only one who looked at Yooka-Laylee, the old-school brightly-colored Rare-esque 3D platformer from Playtonic Games, and thought, “For the sake of all things good and right in the world, THIS MUST HAPPEN!” (Read More)

The Home Stretch

May 3rd - via: kickstarter.com
Like a small child saturated with energy drinks, our Kickstarter campaign just won’t stop movin’ – and it’s clattered through another two stretch goals. And a lounge table. We’d like to take this opportunity to once again thank you for... (Read More)

'Yooka-Laylee' Kickstarter Becomes Fastest-Earning Video Game Campaign, Already Nearing $2 Million Mark

May 3rd - via: gamenguide.com
Yooka-Laylee, a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie being developed by a team of former Rare employees--excited fans when its Kickstarter campaign was announced. That excitement has very quickly translated into dollars. (Read More)

Yooka-Laylee’s Kickstarter Campaign Continues To Prove We Want Variety in Our Games

May 3rd - via: newsledge.com
On May 1st, Yooka-Laylee’s Kickstarter campaign was launched. It’s the first line under the Kickstarter video that is responsible for the more than 36,000 backers. (Read More)

May Kickstarter Picks

May 3rd - via: vgchartz.com
The stealth genre has seen its highs and lows over the generations, with most of the 7th generation being particularly unkind to it. As of late we have started to see a re-emergence of the genre, in both the ‘AAA’ market and the ever-growing indie development side. Wildfire, by Sneaky Bastards, is the later of the two. The game is about using your powers wisely to outwit your foes, rather than overpowering them. Your character has the ability to control fire (like in Avatar: The Last Airbender), and must use this power to distract and provoke fear in your enemies. (Read More)

What Kickstarter Video Game Campaigns Launched April 26 - May 2?

May 3rd - via: cliqist.com
We take a look at all 29 Kickstarter video game campaigns that launched last week. From the great to the awful. (Read More)

1 Million & More Stretch Goals!

May 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
Well, well, well. We went and made the audacious decision to go to sleep, and you lot smashed through all of our stretch goals! We can’t take our eyes off you for a minute, can we?  Now that we've raised an incredible £1 million ($1.5m!),... (Read More)

'Banjo-Kazooie' Spiritual Sequel 'Yooka-Laylee' Quintuples Its Kickstarter Goal On Day One

May 2nd - via: forbes.com
Kickstarter has its latest rocketship funding story, just when you thought that crowdfunding might not be the craze it was a few years ago. This time, it’s a game called ‘Yooka-Laylee’ raking in the cash, and once again, it’s the pedigree of the talent, along with the concept, that have made it rain money on day one. (Read More)

Playtonic Games’ new ‘Yooka-Laylee’ title becomes latest Kickstarter star

May 2nd - via: nycnews.net
Playtonic Games studio's new game titled 'Yooka-Laylee' has become the latest star at the Kickstarter crowdfunding site. The studio launched its Kickstarter campaign for the game on Friday; and announced within an hour that the game had hit its $270,000 fundraising goal. (Read More)

Yooka-Laylee’s incredible success on first day and further milestones to achieve

May 2nd - via: benchmarkreporter.com
In this game, an anthropomorphic lizard and a lady bat explore a magical 3D world together and gather coins on their way. According to a website named Kicktraq, Yooka-Laylee is quickly on its way to earn $25 million. (Read More)

An Amazing First Six Hours!

May 1st - via: kickstarter.com
Hello backers and potential backers! Our inboxes are chugging away processing all the questions you’ve sent our way, but please keep them coming!  We thought we should post this update to let you know we are trying answer them all as fast as we... (Read More)

A message from our composer...

May 1st - via: kickstarter.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gvk1ZRs9IUM  (Read More)

First Funding Goal Met!

May 1st - via: kickstarter.com
Bleeding Norah, the Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter was only live for 40 minutes before you went and funded it! The Playtonic team would like to sincerely thank you for your incredible support. From day one your response to our studio has amazed us – and... (Read More)

Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee hits Kickstarter goal in less than a day

May 1st - via: ew.com
The Banjo-Kazooie franchise saw two major releases back in the days of the Nintendo 64 and one title on the Xbox 360 that put a vehicular spin on the franchise. But otherwise, the lovable bear-and-bird duo’s original platforming spirit has long remained dormant. (Read More)

A Successor to Banjo-Kazooie Just Blew Up on Kickstarter

May 1st - via: wired.com
A new game project called Yooka-Laylee hit its funding goal of $270,000 in only 40 minutes. (Read More)

Yooka-Laylee. $350k in 60 Mins - The Triumphant Return of Rare

May 1st - via: cliqist.com
Yooka-Laylee is a new platformer funding on Kickstarter that's being made by some of the guys from Rare. (Read More)

Playtonic Officially Reveals Kickstarter Project Yooka Laylee

April 30th - via: alwaysnintendo.com
Playtonic Studios have long been teasing their Banjo-Kazooie spiritual follow-up, Project Ukeleke. Today, the studio has formerly unveiled the final name of the project: Yooka Laylee, which launches its formal Kickstarter campaign tomorrow. (Read More)

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