Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a side-scrolling spin-off

Yooka and Laylee are back for another adventure, but with a twist, as Playtonic Games and Team17 today revealed Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair. This isn’t a direct sequel, but rather a spin-off game that takes the dynamic duo on a 2.5D side-scrolling platformer.

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair will be coming to Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC digitally, with a physical release also planned for consoles. There’s no word on when they plan to release the game though.

All of the teasing of bees in the run up to the announcement make sense, as the game’s cutesy story has Yooka and Laylee out to rescue Queen Phoebee’s Royal Beettalion Guard, as they try to defeat Capital B’s latest dastardly plan in the Impossible Lair and seek to restore order to her Royal Stingdom.

The pair’s moves in the original 3D platformer have been translated into 2D, and you’ll still be running around levels hunting down every last collectible and dispatching baddies. However, not everything is flat, as a large top-down 3D overworld will feature a bunch of puzzles, game-changing secrets, special challenges and colourful characters to chat to. You’ll meet some familiar faces, and some new ones, as you help Queen Phoebee restore order to the Royal Stingdom.

Playtonic don’t consider this a direct sequel to the first game, saying in an FAQ that “We’ve got lots planned for the future of the Yooka-Laylee universe, but we want to approach each with a fresh take, as each game is an opportunity for us to add new mechanics and gameplay that isn’t necessarily limited to what’s happened before.”

The original Yooka-Laylee released back in 2017 as a throwback or homage to the old collectathon style platformers, such as Banjo-Kazzoie. It’s been refined since then, diminishing some of the snags that people found at launch, but what Jim said in our Yooka-Laylee review still holds: “At its very core, Yooka-Laylee succeeds in reviving a format long forgotten and does so with such vigor and passion. However, players shouldn’t expect it to reinvent the genre.”

Source: press release

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