Yooka-Laylee Reaches $1 Million on Kickstarter in Record Time

Yooka-Laylee, a game that has just went up on Kickstar last Friday, managed to hit $1 million in just  few hours. This is extremely impressive considering that this is the fastest a game has reached $1 million on kickstarter.

While it is impressive, developer Playtonic has some history behind it. Playtonic, while independant, is not filled with no-name developers. Playtonic was set up by six members of the iconic studio, Rare. So the developers behind Yooka-Laylee were also behind Donkey Kong Country and Banjo Kazooie on the Nintendo 64. They are hoping that Yooka-Laylee will serve as the spiritual successor to Banjo Kazooie.

With Rare owned by Microsoft, the developers were very limited in what they could actually do. So they left the company and started Playtonic. Head of the studio Gavin Price had this to say regarding the move:

“We wanted to work in a particular way on games of a particular style – this was the only solution to do that. Fans were asking us to do it. So we thought, let’s do this as a big event and let’s make sure it allows us to deliver the game we want. We’re really happy with what we have planned for it.”

Here is a look at the gameplay:

The game looks really good and it looks like it will hit every goal that Playtonic sets for it.  This is definitely something to keep your eye on.

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