Ars Technica recently caught up with Playtonic studio director Gavin Price to discuss the cute and colourful upcoming 3D platformer, Yooka-Laylee. A number of things were discussed in the interview and I would recommend reading the full thing. However, it is interesting to note that the studio and its bunch of acclaimed developers say that they have always tried to put style over technical brilliance and that its a real shame that it’s seen as a risky prospect to do bright, colourful games.
“I think a lot of realistic visuals got done simply for the sake of it, simply because the hardware got to a point where it could handle it,” laments Price. “Personally, we’ve always tried to put style over technical brilliance in games. I think stylised art is more fun and creative. From a business perspective, it’s a great shame it’s seen as a risky prospect to do bright, colourful games… Essentially, we make games for ourselves in that they’re fun to play and they’re mechanically very strong. However, they’re also completely fine to give to anyone of any age.”