In news that hopefully disappoints few, Playtonic Games has announced they are scrapping the Wii U version of Yooka-Laylee. They are, however, bringing the game to Nintendo Switch and have confirmed the platformer’s release date.
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The Playtonic team updated their Kickstarter with the relevant news today. They announced that Yooka-Laylee will be launching on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac and Linux on April 11th. People who haven’t already preordered the title can do so as of today for $39.99.
The developers were apologetic to Wii U backers. However, it doesn’t look as though they are willing to offer refunds to those folks:
“After many challenging months, we’re finally able to update you on the Wii U version of Yooka-Laylee and announce a number of developments.
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.
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.
We’d like to apologize to those affected by this development and offer all Wii U backers the opportunity to move their pledge free-of-charge to any of the versions launching on April 11th (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac or Linux) or upgrade to the Nintendo Switch version when we announce further details in 2017. “
“Unforeseen technical issues” is a pretty vague phrase. I think it’s safe to assume that Wii U development simply wasn’t cost-effective for Playtonic. The studio knows that they will likely be much more successful on the Switch with the hype that’s currently resonating around it. When the Switch version launches, we don’t know. We may hear something about the game during Nintendo’s January event as they “are now working very closely” with the company.
Finally, Playtonic Games also confirmed that Yooka-Laylee‘s Toy Box mode will accessible to pre-orderers outside of the game’s initial backers. Backers were previously treated to about 4 months of exclusivity. We were also treated to a new trailer today which features the Capital Cashino level of Yooka-Laylee. Check it out below: