Yooka-Laylee Delayed Until ‘Q1 2017’

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Yooka-Laylee, the spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie from Playtonic Games, has been delayed into 2017.

The news comes as publisher Team17 revealed a batch of new screenshots and the E3 trailer (above), showing off “the charismatic new buddy duo Yooka and Laylee, who use an arsenal of special moves to explore – and expand – gorgeous 3D worlds filled with collectibles to discover, secrets to unlock and a cast of quirky characters to meet (or defeat).”

This will of course come as disappointing news for fans and Kickstarter-backers alike, especially as the game had originally been scheduled to launch in October 2016. Playtonic notes that it will make use of the extra few months of development time to further polish the game and improve the quality of the final product.

“After a lot of soul searching and knowing through dialogue with our fans that they value quality and polish above all, we’ve made the difficult decision to lock the release of Yooka-Laylee to Q1 2017,” revelaed Gavin Price, Creative Director and MD of Playtonic, in a press release today.

“While we felt confident we could ship the game in October as originally planned, the team has decided that it would like to add a few extra months’ polish to our schedule. Ultimately, this will allow us to release a better game to the thousands of fans who’ve supported us throughout development.”

Price added: “We’re sure some will be disappointed by the prospect of a few extra months’ wait, however the Playtonic team is confident that we’ve made the right decision for the game and that you’ll be pleased with the results when the game arrives early next year.”

Yooka-Laylee will now launch in Q1 2017 (Jan-March) on PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC, Mac and Linux.