After a tease yesterday, Playtonic Games revealed what’s next for Yooka-Laylee this morning with The Impossible Layer. For the Yooka-Laylee follow-up, Playtonic has made a 2D platformer with what appears to be a 3D overworld that will have puzzles and some limited action mechanics. The soundtrack is being created by famed Rare composers Grant Kirkhope and David Wise.
The game looks mechanically similar to Retro’s Donkey Kong Country Returns series, which is strange when you think about it. Rare created the Donkey Kong Country series and then Retro created the Returns series based on Rare’s take on Donkey Kong, and now Playtonic, a studio made of former Rare developers who are making games catering to those nostalgic for Rare’s classic style, are making a game that looks a little bit like a game that Retro made based on Rare’s work. To top it all off, Kirkhope and Wise’s music (which you can hear a bit of in the trailer) wraps it all up to make it sound a bit like Donkey Kong Country/Returns. It’s a weird thing.
We don’t know the exact release date, but Playtonic says it will release this year on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. We will apparently be learning more about the game during E3. For our review of Yooka-Laylee, head here.
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