Yooka-Laylee, the spiritual successor to the popular Nintendo 64 franchise, Banjo-Kazooie, has finally ended their Kickstarter campaign. I specify Nintendo 64 because this is NOT a successor to the significantly less popular Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts for the Xbox 360. According to the Kickstarter page, Yooka-Laylee has raised a total of £2,090,104 (roughly $3,311,686). This comes in well above their initial goal of £175,000 ($277,270).

Playtonic Games, creators of Yooka-Laylee, consists of several ex-Rare employees that had a direct hand in the development of the Banjo-Kazooie games. Rare, if you’re unaware (or un-a-Rare! …sorry), is the studio responsible for many gaming classics, including Banjo-Kazooie. So, if you’re looking for a team of people that know Banjo-Kazooie, Playtonic Games is, in fact, that team.

As of writing this there is still a chance to fund Yooka-Laylee via PayPal services on their site. The page does not give a date for when the funding opportunity will cease. It merely claims it is for a “limited time.” Contributing this way still allows those that missed the original Kickstarter a chance to receive backer rewards and be part of the future of Yooka-Laylee.

  • Monkeycooties

    I don’t know if anyone listened to the “demo” soundtrack they had posted on the Kickstarter, but it even sounds like a “spiritual successor” to the original Banjo & Kazooie! I just checked out the trailer you posted, and they have the music included! This is great. 🙂

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