Playtonic Games announced a remaster of 2017 retro-inspired 3D platformer, Yooka-Laylee. The cutely named Yooka-Replaylee features remastered graphics, as well as improved controls, more challenges, and more collectables.

Yooka-Replaylee represents nearly a decade of Playtonic’s experience since they developed the original game. Yooka-Laylee, which stars a lizard and their bat friend, was created as a spiritual successor to the Banjo-Kazooie series, and a love letter to 3D platformers.

The remaster features a big HD graphical overhaul, better framerate and resolution, and an improved camera that streamlines 3D combat and combos. A new world map helps keep track of challenges. Enemies now drop coins that can be spent at the Hivory Towers vending machines, and players can equip powerful new tonics and fashionable accessories.

Oh, and the soundtrack by composers Grant Kirkhope (Banjo-Kazooie) and David Wise (Donkey Kong Country) returns as a newly arranged orchestral score.

Eager fans will want to tune into the Playtonic YouTube channel next Tuesday, June 11 for a Q&A with the dev team as they discuss the remaster.

Playtonic Games are also celebrating their 10th anniversary this year.

A release date for Yooka-Replaylee has not yet been announced (nor platforms).

Yooka-Laylee spawned a 2D side-scrolling spinoff in 2019 with Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair. Although the series was met with positive reception, the Playtonic has since launched a publishing division, Playtonic Friends, publishing several indie games within the last few years.

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