Today at Gamescom, Playtonic Games released a new gameplay trailer for their upcoming 3D platformer Yooka-Laylee.
The trailer features new abilities and spaces players will experience in the Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor. The chameleon Yooka can be seen using his tongue as a grappling hook of sorts to pull himself and Laylee up elevated platforms. He also appears underwater, where he may swim naturally or walk along the seafloor with a breathing bubble conjured up through…interesting means.
Laylee the bat is seen running atop a rolled up Yooka, sending the pair careening down hills and weaving through flamethrowers. Laylee can also extend Yooka’s jumps by frantically flapping while clasping to the chameleon’s head (in excellent Banjo-Kazooie fashion). Additionally, the pair can be seen steering a mine cart, collecting floating rings and gems, and even completely transforming into a plow truck.
A few playspaces and environments are shown off at the end of the trailer. One winter-esque space features winding ice platforms and Nordic castles, while another, more warm environment features ancient runes and magical floating platforms.
E3 2016 Trailer
Yooka-Laylee is an independently developed game headed by several veterans of the Banjo-Kazooie franchise, as well as other Rare games. The game was succesfully Kickstarted by 80,000 backers in less than forty minutes and was the fastest game in Kickstarter history to reach $1 million.
Playtonic Games’ platformer is slated for a Q1 2017 release, having been delayed from its original release for this year. For more on the 3D platformer, check out what the developers had to say about its approach to collectibles.