Wii U Version of Yooka-Laylee canceled in favor of Switch

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Yet Another Switch


Some bittersweet news this morning as Playtonic released a brand-new trailer for Yooka-Laylee, the much anticipated spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie. With it comes the announcement that the game will be releasing on April 11th 2017 for PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac and Linux. It is notable that the Wii U version of the game is missing from that list, and Playtonic has addressed this via a statement on their website:

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


Although the initial assumption for the cancelation would be that the Wii U is all but dead, it seems it’s actually due to technical shortcomings when it comes to the Wii U and it’s support of the Unity Engine.

At the same time, Playtonic address people who pledged on their Kickstarter campaign for the Wii U version of the game and the options they will have due to this development:

“We’d like to apologize 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.”


It seems that Nintendo fans will have to wait longer, as the statement suggests that Yooka-Laylee will launch at a later date for the Switch. Could it be possible that Playtonic is saving the announcement for the Nintendo Presentation on January 12th?

If you have pledged for Yooka-Laylee on the Wii U, let us know if you plan to move your pledge to the Switch version, to a different console or cancel it altogether.


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