One of my most anticipated games for the early part of 2017 is Yooka-Laylee. The upcoming open-world platformer will take gamers to five colorful worlds, courtesy of Playtonic Games. Originally, the game was slated to launch on the Wii U, but as you may know by now, things have changed.
News that Yooka-Laylee will not be coming to Wii U was announced late last year. Technical issues are the culprit for why the game is not landing on Wii U this year. Playtonic said they’ve explored “every possible avenue” to try and get the game on Wii U, but to no avail.
It seems Nintendo Switch will be receiving a version of Yooka-Laylee. More information on that will hopefully come this week during Nintendo’s Switch event. In an exclusive interview with We Write Things, Andy Robinson, who is the communications director at Playtonic Games, spoke about Yooka-Laylee not coming to the Wii U and how Nintendo Switch was the next step.
“Our full intention was to release Yooka-Laylee on Wii U for our many loyal and supportive Kickstarter backers – and because we’re all big Nintendo fans – however for reasons outside of our control this was sadly not possible. Exploring Nintendo Switch was an obvious next step for us to hopefully enable our fans on Nintendo consoles to play Yooka-Laylee.
“We’re now working very closely with Nintendo to look to bring Yooka-Laylee to Nintendo Switch and we’re looking forward to exploring the opportunity. Hopefully Nintendo fans will be able to make the transition with us,” Robinson said.
No matter what those technical reasons were, it’s hard to blame Playtonic Games. The Nintendo Wii U is a platform that has truly struggled to gain an audience. With the Switch potentially being a far healthier platform to bring Yooka-Laylee to, it makes sense.
That said, it is hard to argue that Playtonic should have foreseen Wii U as a less desirable platform (or technically challenging). There is no easy way to break news like that to gamers. It is just part of the nature of game development, something we all know by now.
Nintendo Switch is an exciting console for gamers. The prospect of a home console as well as a mobile system will be a game changer. No matter the platform, Yooka-Laylee fits like a glove on Nintendo systems. The game will debut on April 11 for PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch. Stick around here at We Write Things for more from our interview with Playtonic Games.
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