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Since the launch of Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair in 2019, the Playtonic studio has not revealed its next project, but it seems that soon we will see more adventures of this platform that debuted in 2017 with Yooka-Laylee. On the occasion of the opening of Playtonic Friends, a label to publish to other independent studios, the head of the studio Gavin Price has ensured that this initiative works independently of the developers, and in fact now working on several projects.
“We are going to increase the size of our team, focusing only on new games from the Yooka-Laylee universe. For the first time -in the history of Playtonic- there are several games underway“. Asked about these games, Price comments that some will be liked by fans while others will be more unexpected, and not only because of their theme, but because one of them could be launched without any prior announcement.
A studio that debuted with Project Ukelele
Playtonic was founded in 2014 with members of Rare and their first game was a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie and the Nintendo 64 3D platformers that Rare released on the console. Criticisms of Yooka-Laylee – codename Project Ukelele – were mixed, and although I liked to recover part of the spirit of the genre, also suffered some limitations in control, camera and level design.
More positive was the reaction to the second game, which in this case was betting on a 2.5D development. Despite the similarities with Rare’s own Donkey Kong Country on Super Nintendo this time Playtonic avoided promoting it as a spiritual successor to the game. “Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a title we’ve really enjoyed. It doesn’t seem as round as Tropical Freeze to us, but it is a lot better than the original Yooka-Laylee. We think it is. a title that any fan of two-dimensional platforms has to try. It’s packed with content, has some great ideas, good levels, and an open structure that gives us the freedom to discover it, “we told you in the review.