Team 17 and Playtonic Games have today announced that a brand new Yooka-Laylee game titled “Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair” is coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2019!
The Villainous capital B is back, and it’s down to heroes Yooka and Laylee to stop him. You’ll need to save the members of Queen Phoebee’s Royal Beetallion guard from each of the game’s levels, and beat the challenging Impossible Lair.
This new platformer takes Playtonic’s signature animal duo in a different direction. Instead of a full 3D “collectathon” game like the original Yooka-Laylee from 2017, this game is instead a series of “2.5D” levels that are linked by a 3D hub world. Playtonic promises puzzles and secrets along the way and, of course, some of Yooka and Laylee’s signature moves are back: eat berries for different abilities and roll along the floor clearing out enemies in your path.
Whereas the previous game was heavily inspired by Rare’s Banjo-Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair seems to be more inspired by the Donkey Kong Country series. This inspiration can be heard vividly in the trailer’s music, which is by iconic Rare composer, David Wise. Grant Kirkhope of Banjo-Kazooie and Mario Rabbids: Kingdom Battle fame is also a confirmed contributor to the game’s soundtrack.
More information on the game will be shared after E3, but in the meantime check the trailer below to tide yourself over. Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair launches digitally and physically on Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC in 2019.