Today, a new trailer was released for the spinoff of the 3D platformer Yooka-Laylee The trailer came with information about a new feature called alternate stages that allow the player to experience the same stage in an entirely different perspective. The spinoff, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a 2.5D sidescrolling platformer that has players interact with an overworld and different stages. Players must also traverse through unique stages, solve environmental puzzles, and jump over enemies.Similar to the previous entry in the series.
Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer that was released in 2017 and was published by Team17, and developed by Playtonic Games. It followed the adventures of a chameleon named Yooka, and a bat named Laylee. The players traveled through a 3D overworld collecting items, solving various puzzles both in the overworld, and the various stages, and defeating enemies. The game was considered a spiritual successor to the other platformer series Banjo-Kazooie. Banjo Kazooie was developed by Rareware employees in 1998 and the company Playtonic was formed by a group of former Rareware employees. In Yooka-Laylee, the player could gather certain abilities by purchasing them from a snake merchant named Trowser, however, it is currently unknown how many game characters or features from the previous game will be implemented.
What we do know is the name of several of the stages as can be seen in the trailer, Gasping Glade, Buzzsaw Falls, Factory Fright, and Urban Uprise. Based on the trailer, one can surmise that the stages will have more than one form, with several forms being listed in the trailer. The first one Gasping Glade, has the alternate form of Gasping Glade-Grown, Buzzsaw Falls has the alternate stage, Buzzsaw Falls-Frozen, Factory Fright has the alternate form of Factory Fright-Flooded, and Urban Uprise has the alternate form of Urban Uprise-Updraft. It is currently unknown if there will be other alternate forms for stages, however, we do know that these alternate levels will allow players to have an entirely different experience with the same stage, presenting new and interesting challenges to the player each time.
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair will be available for the Mac OS X, Linux, PS4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch. However, the release date and price are currently unknown however, but it has been promised a 2019 release date.