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Yooka-Laylee is a video game that act as a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie. It was developed by Playtonic Games, a studio that is composed of former members of Rare.

Chris Sutherland, who was the lead programmer of Donkey Kong Country and the Banjo-Kazooie games, and the voice actor of Banjo and Kazooie, voices the characters of Playtonic's new game. The artist and creator of Banjo and Kazooie, Steve Mayles, is also on the team. Grant Kirkhope, the composer of many of Rare's games including the Banjo-Kazooie games, is on board to create music for the project.

"There's been so much pent-up passion for doing something like this, because we’ve all been sat on a lot of these ideas since Banjo-Tooie came out,” Playtonic's lead and previously designer of Viva Pinata Gavin Price told Edge.[1]

Grant Kirkhope returned to compose the soundtrack along with Donkey Kong Country composer David Wise, and Kameo: Elements of Power composer Steve Burke.

Playtonic is currently aiming to bring this debut title to PC and certain console platforms and hopes to use Steam Early Access to get it into players' hands as soon as possible for feedback. "There's a history of working with Nintendo, so we'd naturally love to see our game on a Nintendo platform. I people tell us to make Wii U our target console platform, then we’ve got the flexibility to do that," Rice also told Edge.

A Kickstarter campaign for the game was started on 1 May 2015, which has become a runaway success. Its goal of £175,000 was reached within 38 minutes and later reached £1 million within 21 hours.


Hivory Towers is an evil corporation run by the money-and-control-loving Capital B and his Scientist assistant, Dr. Quack, who used to run a company known as Quack Corp. before its buy-out by Hivory Towers. After learning of a book known as the One Book that has the power to re-write the universe, Capital B has Quack build a machine known as the Noveliser 64 (a reference to the Nintendo 64) to suck up all the books in the world.

Meanwhile, Yooka and Laylee are enjoying the day in Shipwreck Creek renovating their Shipwreck home when Laylee’s book (found in the shipwreck), apparently the One Book targeted by Capital B, is sucked away into the nearby device. Its golden Pagies escape, and Laylee, deciding to sell it for a large sum of money, gets Yooka to help her after it. They explore Hivory Towers, collecting Pagies to restor to the book. With the help of Trowzer, a snake salesman who teaches them moves, and Dr. Puzz, an ex-Hivory Towers scientist who transforms the duo, Yooka and Laylee eventually reach the elevator leading to Capital B’s office.

Capital B allows them in granted they collect 100 Pagies total. When inside, he reveals it was a trap to refill the Book. Laylee says he will have to take the Pagies from them, and a battle ensues. After Yooka and Laylee win, they begin to question the Capital and Quack. But just then, their friend Blasto the cannon comes for medical aid and accidentally fires at the evil Hivory Towers leaders, knocking them into a nearby book as it locks them inside.

Yooka and Laylee proceed to invite everyone from their grand adventure for a party at Shipwreck Creek, and Laylee says the book “Is going straight in the safe when I get home. It’ll only appreciate in Value!”

It is also revealed after the battle that Capital B is part of a giant corporation of evil business-people known as V.I.L.E.



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