More specifically, £721,089. My currency exchange game is not strong, but I think that’s just over a million bucks. FYI, they were asking for £175,000, and still have 45 days left before the campaign ends. They’ve met all but three stretch goals, and how could they possibly not get to £1,000,000 in the next month and a half?
When Ryan and I discussed Playtonic’s new game many weeks ago, I guessed that there would be a Kickstarter. Boy, was I right. Check this shit out.
Yooka-Laylee is the name of the game, taking its name directly from the nomenclature style of the game it claims to spiritually succeed. Yooka is the chameleon (also apparently a boy) and the lady bat is Laylee, drawing some obvious parallels between this and Rare’s previous works. The game will be a 3D platformer ala N64 era, a self-promoted, no-holds-barred nostalgia fest. They are not even pretending it’s not just another Banjo-Kazooie game. Listen to the “Jungle World” track they have on there. If you told me that was from the Banjo-Kazooie soundtrack, I would believe you. And for the record, I’m not saying that’s a good thing. It’s shaping up to be an unapologetic “love letter” to N64 platformers.
Then the question needs to be asked, is there a place for one of those in 2015? I hope so, because we just funded it four times over in less than a day. I played games like Banjo-Kazooie when I was little, and I loved them. But, a lot has changed between then and now, and I honestly can’t say how excited I am about all this. I’ve learned by now to tread lightly with these nostalgia-fueled games. I think what everyone is clamoring for is more of the Banjo-Kazooie that they think they love, and if we’re not careful, we might just get it.