Yooka-Laylee is being released on the PC, Wii U, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. However, Playtonic revealed that they won’t be porting the game over to every single platform on their own. Playtonic explained that they are internally handling the Wii U and PC versions of the game. Team17 is working on the Xbox One and Playstation 4 versions.
Writer Andy Robinson explained the reasoning behind this. They feel that they “naturally have so many backers who opted for Wii U”. The size of the team, meanwhile, makes it difficult for them to port the game to every console. Robinson said that the decision for Playtonic to work on the Wii U and PC versions is because “you can imagine from a developer stand-point, that porting from PC to PS4 and Xbox One is slightly more straightforward than porting to Wii U”. There is also a deeper reason behind the pick. They think “it feels right playing it on a Nintendo system to some people” and they want to “make sure that Wii U gets the right attention”. Banjo-Kazooie was brought up, Robinson saying that the there is “a lot of nostalgia” around the game and that it “heralds from Rare’s Nintendo’s days”. Robinson says that Playtonic are all “massive Nintendo fans as well”.
Yooka-Laylee is slated to release in the first quarter of 2017.