Yooka-Laylee gets release date, is scrapped on Wii U

Playtonic’s crowdfunded platformer Yooka-Laylee has got a release date.

The game will hit PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac and Linux on April 11th priced at 34.99 for non-backers. It will be available both digitally and physically.

However, Wii U backers may notice that their platform is missing from that list – and that’s because the game will not now be arriving on that platform and instead seems to be heading to Switch.

Despite our best efforts and exploring every possible avenue over, we’ve unfortunately encountered unforeseen technical issues that mean it will be impossible for us to release the game on Wii U as initially planned,” the studio said.

The Playtonic team wanted to explore every possible avenue before making the very difficult decision to transfer development from the Wii U. Our developers worked tirelessly over many months in attempt to solve our technical issues, but unfortunately it’s not been possible to bring Yooka-Laylee to Wii U as originally planned.

We can however confirm the exciting news that we are now working very closely with Nintendo to look to bring Yooka-Laylee to the upcoming Nintendo Switch. We’re looking forward to exploring the opportunity and will have more details to share early next year.”

Wii U backers can choose between switching their pledge to another format free or instead upgrade” it to the Switch version, more details of which will be announced next year.

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