Formerly known as Project Ukulele, this is developer Playtonic Games’ first game. The studio is comprised of ex-Rare developers who were behind games like Donkey Kong Country and Banjo-Kazooie. The game stars Yooka, a chameleon, and Laylee, a bat, that possess special abilities, such as Yooka’s grappling hook tongue and Laylee’s temporary hover. Steve Mayles, the creator of the Banjo and Kazooie characters, has designed the new characters for this game.
Playtonic funded the project via Kickstarter in only 39 minutes. All backers who donate $15 will be given a copy of the game when it’s finished. Other goals include soundtracks, art books, and a special 64-bit special edition are also mentioned. The game is planned for a release on October of 2016 for PC, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U.
I am a big fan of Banjo-Kazooie. I played both Nintendo 64 games to 100% completion (yes, even the stop n’ swap mechanic) and have replayed the first game many times. There’s not a whole lot to go off from, but what has been shown makes me hopeful. The platforming looks solid, the moves look cool (I particularly like Yooka’s rolling ability) and the graphics and environments look colorful, large and beautiful.