It has to be said, 2017’s Yooka-Laylee from Playtonic Games was a bit of a disappointment. As big fans of the Banjo Kazooie games, we were really looking forward to a game described as its spiritual successor. While there were some really great bits of Yooka-Laylee it was let down by some annoying technical issues. When a sequel was announced, we have to confess to being a little surprised. And that level of surprise only increased when we learned that the majority of the game would be a 2.5D platformer. You will navigate a 3D overworld to discover the levels to play and it’s these levels that are played in a 2.5D viewpoint. Hopefully, this move will help the developer to nail the more technical side of the experience. Anyway, the game has just released a new trailer that you watch below –
This new trailer does show off an interesting new game mechanic. So, it seems as though you are able to play through each level in two ways. You can alter the way each level plays by performing tasks in the 3D overworld. The idea of being able to play through a level normally and then run through it again when it’s flooded, icy, windy, or something else offers up some interesting opportunities. Here’s hoping that Playtonic keeps this fun and creative. If they manage that and get rid of the technical issues, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair could be just the mascot platformer we’re after.