On April 1, nearly two years after the game’s initial release, Playtonic’s third-person platforming gaming Yooka-Laylee received an update that many veterans to the platforming genre can appreciate. And this was no April Fools.
The 64-Bit Tonic update is out on for Nintendo Switch and PC. Now one can roam through Hivory Towers or Moodymaze Marsh as if they were not playing on a current generation console but on a Nintendo 64. Fitting as Yooka-Laylee is the spiritual successor to fellow platformer Banjo-Kazooie which just so happened to release for the Nintendo 64. The free update will also be making its way to PS4 and Xbox One later this year. The update should not change your overall opinion on Yooka-Laylee but is a nice homage to the genre as a whole.
To say that gamers were yearning for a three-dimensional platforming “collect-a-thon” the likes of Gex 64 or Donkey Kong 64 is an understatement. To finance the game the development team, which consisted of former Rare employees who made Banjo-Kazooie, decided to use fundraising website Kickstarter to acquire £175,000 to start production. The goal was reached in 40 minutes, a record on Kickstarter at the time. Laylee’s Kickstarter would accomplish another record for the fastest game to get $1,000,000 pledged in the history of the website. So yeah, there has definitely been a desire for another “collect-a-thon” to say the least.
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