Yooka-Laylee is Making the “Switch” & the Wii U Version is Canceled

Playtonic Games has announced today that Yooka-Laylee will not be coming out on the Wii U as planned in their initial Kickstarter campaign. The reasons for this are entirely technical – they claim the full vision for their game can’t be realized despite great efforts made on the Wii U platform. Of course, to some this may seem a bit weird, as the more obvious reason is that the Wii U is on it’s way out, while the Nintendo Switch actually launches before Yooka-Laylee does on April 11th.

That being said, they aren’t leaving Wii U kickstarter backers in the dust. Here is what they officially stated about the game leaving Wii U and heading on over to the Nintendo Switch:

After many challenging months, we’re finally able to update you on the Wii U version of Yooka-Laylee and announce a number of developments.

The Playtonic team is sad to confirm that despite our best efforts and exploring every possible avenue, we’ve encountered unforeseen technical issues that unfortunately mean it will be impossible for us to release the game on Wii U as initially planned.

We can however confirm the exciting news that we are now working very closely with Nintendo to look to bring Yooka-Laylee to the upcoming Nintendo Switch. We’re looking forward to exploring the opportunity and will have more details to share early next year.

We’d like to apologise to those affected by this development and offer all Wii U backers the opportunity to move their pledge free-of-charge to any of the versions launching on April 11th (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac or Linux) or upgrade to the Nintendo Switch version when we announce further details in 2017.

Information on how backers can change their formats will arrive in January, once we’ve finalised the smoothest possible solution. For more details on our platform change, we’ve prepared a Yooka-Laylee Wii U FAQ page.

The Playtonic team thank you for your continued support and understanding on this issue and hope you look forward to future developments on the Nintendo front. We hope, in the fullness of time, we can make Nintendo platforms a great place to experience Yooka-Laylee – and beyond.

They also released a new gameplay trailer with this announcement to give you a taste of what to expect:

It doesn’t sound like the Nintendo Switch version is going to make launch on April 11th, and all the hints for January sound like that January 12th event could hold some information on it. Either way, this is not an unheard of deal these days, but hopefully the game can live up to the expecations and hype it carries.

Source: Playonic Games


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