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Playtonic Games’ First Kickstarter Over $2 Million (And Still Climbing)

We’ve been following the nascent Playtonic Games for a while now, and we’ll likely be hearing a lot more from them in the near future. The Kickstarter for their first game, Yooka-Laylee, has been live four days and already raised over two million dollars.

Yooka-Laylee has been described by Playtonic as the “spiritual successor” to Rare’s Banjo-Kazooie. This is fitting, of course, because Playtonic is made up of veterans from Rare’s glory days in the late 90’s and early 00’s. Steve Mayles, creator of the famous bird and bear duo, is onboard. Chris Sutherland, lead programmer for Banjo-Kazooie, is also on the team.

Demand for such a throwback game is obvious just by looking at the numbers. Yooka-Laylee reached its initial funding goal after only 40 minutes, $1.5 million within the first day, and tore through every stretch goal soon after. Backer rewards are almost completely gone due to what the Playtonic team is calling “incredible demand.”

Playtonic is going all-in on the nostalgia factor here. The seven-man team is making a concerted effort to recreate the magic that Rare captured during the N64 era. Yooka-Laylee looks familiar, and that’s the whole point. I hope they can pay homage to the past while still deviating and improving on the formula.

Yooka-Laylee is planned to be released on Windows, Mac, Linux, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Wii U. That promise was made with the condition that the game only reach its funding goal. Now that the Kickstarter has gone far beyond the seemingly modest number, Playtonic is considering simultaneous release on all platforms by October 2016.



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