We first got wind of Yooka-Laylee yesterday, when our colleagues from Nintendo Life popped into the Push Square office with a whole slew of exclusive assets from the then-unannounced game. Our reaction, at the time, was: it looks interesting – but we don't think that anyone expected this kind of response. In the span of six hours, the Playtonic developed platformer has raised over $1 million on Kickstarter – and it's showing no signs of slowing down.
For those out of the loop, the throwback title's being developed by a slew of ex-Rare veterans, many of whom worked on Donkey Kong Country, Conker's Bad Fur Day, and, of course, Banjo-Kazooie. The latter's blueprint is particularly apparent in this vibrant 3D adventure, as the title's lead characters – a chameleon and a bat, obviously – operate in much the same manner as the Nintendo 64 icons, working together in order to navigate perfectly spaced platforms and the like.
And yes, there'll be more collectibles than you can shake a stick at – in fact, these will comprise a core component of the game, as you use Pagies to hire a construction crew, who will gradually extend the scope of the title's five distinct worlds. It's certainly got an old-school charm to it, and the good news is that it'll be launching on the PlayStation 4 alongside PC and various other formats, if the developer can raise around $1.5 million. That seems certain now.
If you'd like to make sure, you can donate to the project via its Kickstarter page. Backer rewards include everything from a copy of the game right the way through to a collector's edition that comes in a Nintendo 64-esque box. The studio's currently aiming for an October 2016 release, but that may get pushed forward by the time that its funding drive is over – it could end up with two or three million when all's said and done here.