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Yooka-Laylee: Ex-Rare devs’ platforming love-letter turns colorful heads

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In May of 2015, a gaggle of ex-developers from the game studio Rare made the crowd-funding rounds with dreams of resurrecting the 3D-platformer genre—and the results have finally begun to bear fruit.

Yooka-Laylee, the debut project from Playtonic Games, looks like a blatant love letter to N64 classic Banjo-Kazooie.

The trailer, seen below, was apparently saved to help fans swallow the hard pill of a game delay.

Floating blocks, magically appearing platforms, and races including a roll through a tunnel and a Donkey Kong Country-esque mine cart ride fill out the brief preview footage found in an official trailer and a Eurogamer eyes-on preview.

The footage teases a couple of things the B-K games didn't include much of, including a screen-filling fire attack, a helper who unlocks retro-themed mini-games, and a very brief taste of a stealth-sneaking section.

At the very least, the videos show off incredible character animations and cute designs; it's just too bad we'll have to wait another few months to sink our cartoon-bat's fangs in.

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