Playtonic Games has released the first gameplay trailer for Yooka Laylee – the developer's spiritual successor to N64 classic Banjo Kazooie – also confirming that the game has been delayed until Q1 2017.
Released ahead of next week's (13-17 June) E3 2016 trade show, the trailer offers a sizeable glimpse at more-complete gameplay. It certainly evokes the style and gameplay tics of 1998's Banjo Kazooie, which was developed by Rare - the famed British studio many on the Playtonic team once worked for.
There are colourful worlds, floating platforms, mine kart sections, a snake wearing shorts called Trowzer, jibberish voice overs and, of course, plenty of googly eyes. All of it is set to a slice of renowned game composer Grant Kirkhope's bouncy soundtrack, also heavily inspired by his previous work for Rare.
Yooka Laylee started life as Project Ukulele - which was announced in February 2015 by the newly-founded Playtonic. A Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign launched in May of that year, raking in a little over £2m in the month it lasted, becoming the most successful British video game Kickstarter campaign to date.
An October 2016 release date was originally touted, but now it seems Playtonic needs more time to work on the nostalgic platformer. In the trailer's description the team calls the new date a "firm release window " indicating confidence they will hit it. You can watch the new trailer below.
Yooka Laylee is set for release on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Wii U next year.