It’s been a while since we last played as Yooka and Laylee, as Playtonic Games‘ debut title about two adorable animals collecting Pagies and kicking ass was released back in 2017. That’s set to change next month though, as the British developer revealed today that their 2.5D follow-up Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair will be released on October 8, 2019.
Eager to return to the fold? Pre-orders should go live today, and fans who decide to part with their hard-earned cash ahead of time (the game costs US$29.99) will be rewarded with four exclusive cosmetic Tonics (a big head for Laylee, a Nintendo 64-inspired filter of some sort, a Tonic that turns the level into disco parties and the stuff of nightmares, which would be the ability to make our protagonists glow like glow worms).
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a brand-new platform adventure from some of the key creative talent behind ‘Donkey Kong Country‘. With their arch-nemesis Capital B up to no good, the buddy duo needs to spring into action once again to save the day. To thwart his evil plan of using a “Hivemind” device to enslave an entire kingdom of bees, our heroes need to take the fight to Capital B’s “Impossible” Lair. Things look tough, but with the help of Queen Phoebee and her Royal Beetallion , Yooka and Laylee might just have a chance!
2.5D Platforming! Each level offers beautiful, rich visuals with detail and depth. Yooka, Laylee and a whole host of colourful characters (good and bad) are realised in stunning 2.5D
3D Overworld! The overworld isn’t just a hub to hop from level to level, it provides a whole separate gaming experience! Explore and unlock more 2D levels by completing objectives and puzzles, rescue the Royal Beetallion bees and find collectibles.
Alternate Level States! Think you’ve got a level figured out? Try it in its alternate state! Flip switches in the overworld to create new landscapes. Hook up electricity, submerge them in water, freeze or literally flip them upside down for radically altered challenges!
Bee-at the Impossible Lair! Players are free to tackle Capital B’s Impossible Lair at any time; however, they may find it too much of a challenge without the help of the Royal Beetallion. Free them by completing levels and they will add to your defences when taking on Capital B’s dastardly traps!