Spinning off from the original Yooka-Laylee’s homage to 3D platforming, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair will instead be a side-scrolling adventure for the chameleon and bat duo. Coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch and PC in Q4 2019, Playtonic Games have released a new trailer for the game, showing off a little more of the top-down 3D overworld and how changes made there can create new alternate level states for you to go back and explore.
Announced at E3, the game sees Capital B back at it again with another dastardly plan. This time, Yooka and Laylee have to go adventuring to rescue Queen Phoebee’s Royal Beettalion Guard and try to restore order to her Royal Stingdom. This has seen their platforming go from 3D to 2.5D, but you’ll still be running around levels hunting down every last collectible and dispatching baddies.
Connecting the various level chapters together is the top-down 3D overworld, which also features its own puzzles, special challenges, colourful characters to chat to, and ways to reveal and trigger the newly announced level states. All 20 game levels can be transformed with this whether it’s hooking up the electricity, flooding a level with running water or flipping them upside down, effectively doubling the number of levels you can play.
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