To celebrate today’s release of Yooka-Laylee, publisher Team17 has unveiled a bright launch trailer that shows off some of the game’s mechanics.

While the video focuses on the old-school platforming that has helped to bring so much attention to the game, it also showcases some of the other activities that the game’s campaign will offer, including combat and an on-rails mine-cart-riding sequence. A wide array of environments act as a backdrop to the action, including a jungle, arctic area, and underwater level, all of which help to evoke the nostalgia-filled atmosphere that developer Playtonic Games is aiming for with the title.

The team at Playtonic Games is headed by former members of Banjo-Kazooie studio Rare, and has looked to the past to inspire this latest offering. Yooka-Laylee immediately evokes the imagery of the character-based platformers of the 1990s and early 2000s, such as the Banjo-Kazooie, Crash Bandicoot, and Ratchet and Clank franchises.

The game is available today for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, with a Nintendo Switch port yet to be released. Though the game was originally scheduled to release on the WiiU, development issues resulted in the cancellation of that version of the game late last year.

Yooka-Laylee made the list of OnlySP’s Most Anticipated Games of 2017, and more details on the title can be found in our preview. OnlySP’s review of the game should be available within the next few weeks.

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Damien Lawardorn
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