Team17 to publish Playtonic's Yooka-Laylee

Develop Award winner will bring record-breaking Kickstarter hit to retail
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Playtonic Games’ Yooka-Laylee will be published by Team17.

The publishing deal was revealed by Develop sister site MCV, which reports that the Worms firm will also help Playtonic with localisation, certification, QA, marketing and other business matter ahead of its release next year.

Yooka-Laylee smashed UK Kickstarter records with its crowdfunding campaign, raising £2m earlier this year. It will be the first title by new studio Playtonic Games and is positioned as a spiritual successor to Rare’s Banjo-Kazooie.

“Team17 has significant experience in making the most of releasing a game,” Playtonic studio head and creative lead Gavin Price told MCV. “Personally I feel it would be a great shame if after our great Kickstarter success, we delivered on our promise of a great game and then it underperformed sales-wise because we didn’t have the knowledge, or made a mistake in the way we released or marketed the game

“Thanks to our Kickstarter backers, we’re on a really positive trajectory and Team17 is acting like a booster for us on top of that by handling non-game dev tasks.”

Team17 was named as Publishing Hero winner at this year’s Develop Awards earlier this month.

MCV has more details on the deal.

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