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Banjo Kazooie-like Platformer Yooka-Laylee Gets a Release Date

The successfully Kickstarted homage to Rare's Nintendo 64 platformers, Yooka-Laylee, has a release date! On April 11, 2017, Playtonic Games will release Yooka-Laylee on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Gamers will be able to get ahold of the game via Steam and GoG.

Artist Steven Mayles, of Banjo-Kazooie and Viva Pinata fame, designed the characters and world of Yooka-Laylee. The game aims to be in the style of the much-beloved Nintendo 64 platformers produced by Rare.

Remember Rare? It was such a great developer before Microsoft gently placed a pillow over its head and rocked it into mediocrity. Well if you're a big fan of Rare's work in the late-90's/early-2000's then Yooka-Laylee should be a real treat for you.

Further former Rare talent provides the soundtrack. David Wise who created the fantastic score for Donkey Kong Country and Grant Kirkhope who composed the numbers for Banjo-Kazooie will be giving Yooka-Laylee the right aural touch.

I loved going through Rare's catalog via Rare Replay, and I'm ready to give a modern rendition of their 3D platformers a try. Also, it's nice to see a Kickstarted game release in a reasonable timeframe.

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