Playtonic's platformer on track to be one of the highest UK crowdfunded games ever

Yooka-Laylee races past £175k Kickstarter goal in less than an hour

The crowdfunding campaign for Playtonic’s new 3D platformer Yooka-Laylee has already surpassed its funding goal of £175,000, less than an hour after it began.

The game is developed by ex-Rare developers and is billed as the spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie. It stars a chameleon named Yooka and a bat called Laylee as its main characters, and features similar mechanics to the classic N64 game, where players must use the duo’s unique abilities to make progress and solve puzzles.

A crowdfunding campaign for the title only began at 5pm, but its funding target has quickly been smashed with donations from over 4,000 backers. The title is well on track to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds, though it still has some way to go to beat one of the top UK crowdfunded titles however: Frontier’s Elite Dangerous raised more than £1.5m.

Stretch goals for Yooka-Laylee currently go up to £1m. New features could include day one releases for Wii U, Xbox One and PS4, extra local multiplayer games and exclusive character designs from ex-Rare guest artists.

You can find more details on the Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter page.

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