Back in July 2015, Playtonic Games announced that Team17 (of Worms fame) would publish Yooka-Laylee. That partnership allows the developers to focus on actually developing the game, instead of publishing matters. Back then, it was also reported that Team17 was pretty interested in a physical release, but nothing concrete was announced.
And today, the suspense is no more: Yooka-Laylee will get a physical release when it comes out, in Q1 2017. Unfortunately, that’s pretty much the only thing that was confirmed today. We don’t have any other details, such as which regions or platforms will get this physical release, if the physical release will be simultaneous, but answers to those questions (and more) will be shared closer to launch.
That being said, we already know that Team17 is currently working on a way to allow Kickstarter backers to upgrade their digital pledge to a physical one. Again, more details about that will be announced at a later date, but at least, fans who backed the game can rest assured they will not have to “buy” it twice to get a boxed copy.
In the same blog post the physical release was confirmed, Chris Sutherland gave some comments about Shovel Knight’s appearance in Yooka-Laylee:
We’ve always been fans of Shovel Knight and thought it’d be great to have some guest star characters from the rest of the indie community. It’s great for indies to be able to do that. There’s no kind of big barrier, you don’t have to go through seven levels of approval, you just go: yeah, we’re going to do that.
Finally, Playtonic Games has a message for fans who backed the game on Kickstarter, about the Kickstarter Backer credits. Basically, if you’re a backer, you have to make sure your name follows their guidelines for the credits, or it will not be used/will be cut, etc. Click here to learn more about that!
Yooka-Laylee (Wii U) will be released in Q1 2017. Our Upcoming Releases page has been updated!