Yooka-Laylee has a release date set in stone

yooka-laylee box artPlaytonic Games have announced an official, final release date for Yooka-Laylee, a 3D platformer that harks back to the likes of Banjo Kazooie and Conker: Bad Fur Day. The game was previously delayed out of 2016 for a big polish before release, and now it’s almost upon us!

“Yooka-Laylee will launch on April 11, 2017 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac and Linux, with pre-orders now available at £34.99 / $39.99 / €39.99 for non-Kickstarter backers in both digital and physical formats from all participating stores worldwide!

You may notice the lack of Wii U support mentioned in that list. “The Playtonic team is sad to confirm that despite our best efforts and exploring every possible avenue, we’ve encountered unforeseen technical issues that unfortunately mean it will be impossible for us to release the game on Wii U as initially planned.”

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It’s likely that this ‘technical issue’ is in fact that the Wii U is practically dead. With the Nintendo Switch on the way, it would make more sense to release it on a platform that is gathering immense hype, right? Well..

“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.” The studio does offer an apology on their blog post, which you can grab here. In the meantime, you can enjoy a brand new gameplay trailer below, while you wait for its April release! Whooo!

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