Yooka-Laylee, a crowdfunded first title from startup studio Playtonic Games, has smashed records to become the the most funded UK game Kickstarter in history.
Launched earlier this month, the project is a spiritual successor to the classic platformer Banjo-Kazooie - hence the name, a play on another compact stringed instrument - and features much of the creative talent responsible for the original franchise. Hitting its modest £175,000 funding goal on Kickstarter in just 40 minutes, the project's total now stands just short of £1.6 million and with 32 days still to go on the clock. For the Derby-based studio, it's a time for celebration - and the official breaking of records.
'The response to Yooka-Laylee has been incredible and from all of us here at Playtonic, we really want to say a huge, warm ‘thank you’ to everyone who has helped us exceed our goal,
' gushed Gavin Price, creative lead, of the project' success. 'The enthusiasm and support from the community has been truly humbling. We’re now in a fantastic position to make Yooka-Laylee at the level and scope that the fans have demanded.
The title has become the biggest crowd-funding success for the UK's game industry to date, beating out the £1.58 million raised by established studio Frontier Developments to bring Elite: Dangerous to market. Playtonic has responded by adding additional stretch goals, promising that if £2 million is raised by the end of the campaign all backers will receive free downloadable content (DLC) to extend the game post-launch.
More information is available on the Kickstarter campaign page