Yes, yes, yes, yes, YESSSSS!
Spiritual Successor to Banjo-Kazooie? Awesome, but back to the roots of what made N64 platformers amazing? Heck yeah!
Just a quick look at the video above, and before I even knew who was on the project I was thinking to myself that this visually looks like Banjo-Kazooie meets Viva Pinata with a bit of Donkey Kong. Sure enough, it’s a lot of the same people!
God bless people who look around and say to themselves, “Hey, this idea worked. This worked really well. People loved this. We’re good at making that kind of game. There’s a need for this n the market. Let’s try to recreate the kind of game people loved.” See what happens when you just focus on making something people love, identifying a need in a market, and moving toward fulfilling that need? You don’t have to worry about chasing money. It will come to you — in under 40 minutes!
Yooka-Laylee was funded in Kickstarter in ~40 minutes. Playtonic Games only wanted £175,000 and at the time of writing this post they are 450% funded with £790,000 and rising. If Google is correct, that’s roughly $1.2 Million.
While I’m not backing because I can’t tie up money I don’t have right now in a Kickstarter, I am going to buy Yooka-Laylee for the Wii U when it launches.