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Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair jumps on a release window

There’s some cautious optimism in Enthusiast Towers for Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair. While we were very disappointed with the original Yooka-Laylee, this sequel appears to have a lot of the same elements yet isn’t so technically ambitious. We loved the character and style of the first game but it was just hampered with too many technical issues. The fact that they have simplified this sequel to a 3D overworld and 2D levels gives us hope that the team at Playtonic Games can nail this. There’s still lots to do and some great ideas (particularly with the ‘alternate level states‘) in the game and it looks like some old-school fun. Up until now, the Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair has just been due for release in 2019. Well, thanks to a Tweet from the Playtonic Games Twitter account we can now narrow that window down to October –

In a normal year, October would be packed with AAA games vying for a launch date. This year, however, there’s a pretty big gap in the middle of the month. The 4th October has Ghost Recon Breakpoint but there’s then a pretty big void until Call of Duty Modern Warfare and The Outer Worlds launch on 25th October. This does leave space for a title like Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair to possibly sneak in and make a mark. As soon as we get a more concrete release date you can be sure we’ll share it with you here at Xbox Enthusiast.

Steve Clist
Joint Editor-in-Chief at our sister site XboxEnthusiast, Steve also has a serious love for Nintendo. His first console was an N64 and it was love at first sight. He may specialise in racing games but will give anything a shot. He's also a serious guitar player and musician. Basically, Steve rocks. Need we say more?

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