Playtonic Games’ crowdfunding campaign for Yooka-Laylee has now drawn to a close with over £2 million raised in total. The 3D platformer shot to Kickstarter success when it was funded in under one hour after launching on May 1. Within just one day, the developer had smashed its £175,000 funding goal and raised a staggering £1 million. And over the course of the past month, the gorgeous platformer – which features Yooka the green chameleon and Laylee the purple bat as the game’s two adorable heroes – has managed to surpass Playtonic Games’ expectations by achieving every stretch goal issued.
Yooka-Laylee completed its round trip journey yesterday and checked off the final stretch goal, adding free DLC to all those who backed the game once it releases. Tipped as the spiritual successor to Banjo Kazooie and from the brilliant creative talent from Rare games such as Donkey Kong Country, Playtonic Games has concluded its Kickstarter campaign with a whopping £2,090,104. Those who still wish to donate to certain tiers, however, can still do so for a limited time via PayPal at the developer’s website. To celebrate the success, Playtonic Games thanked all backers involved with an update on its Kickstarter page. Yooka-Laylee is set to come to various platforms, including the Wii U, in late 2016.
47 days ago we started this Kickstarter campaign – our first Kickstarter – with little idea of what we were letting ourselves in for.
We know how to make games, but we didn’t know much about Kickstarters. We’d taken plenty of advice from plenty of people, but really didn’t know how it would turn out. We were still amending and tweaking the Kickstarter page minutes before we went live, to see what could be added, what would look better, what could be said more clearly.
The rest of course, is history, but through these past 47 days we’ve felt an incredible level of positive support from everyone, whether they opted to back us or not. For that, we are extremely grateful!
What’s next? Well, some sleep (right now), then onwards to create a game that, at the end of 2016, lives up to your expectations, and that in years to come you can look back and be proud to be involved with. Raise your virtual glass to the next exciting installment!