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Yooka-Laylee sequel looks completely different to the original game
By Sam Jones - 22nd Jul 2019Games
Team17 take fresh approach with Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair
If you've played Yooka-Laylee or remember its inspiration, Banjo-Kazooie, you're in for a very different playstyle when you jump into the brand new sequel.
Playtonic Games and Team17's spin-off title Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair sees colorful protagonists Yooka the chameleon and his sidekick Laylee the bat return for another adventure, only this time our heroes must rescue Queen Phoebee’s Royal Beettalion Guard, and prepare to take on Capital B’s most dastardly challenge yet.
The sequel was announced during E3 2019, amid a huge amount of huge franchises all battling to give their showcase some much needed airtime, so you can be forgiven for not spotting the news straight away. Now, Team17 has launched a new gameplay trailer showing off the 'Alternate Level States' that will appear in the action platformer.
Firstly, for those who have played the original or have watched gameplay footage, the big difference is the camera angle and style of playthrough. The open-world 3D moving camera has been replaced with an top-down and, through many of the levels, side-scrolling angles.
The Donkey Kong Country-esque levels also have a neat feature which ties in with the 'Alternate' level mechanic, allowing players to change how a specific level design changes through their actions. In the trailer, you can see that when Yooka (and Laylee) pull a certain lever, a floodgate is opened - covering the current level selection in water.
When players enter the level, they'll experience a new 'grown' environment where the water has enriched the land, turning it from a dry wasteland-type level to an almost jungle terrain. This is only one key feature that Team17 has given us a sneak peek at, and so far it looks promising.
The official release date for Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair has yet to be confirmed, however it is due to be released some time during 2019.