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Playtonic Developing a Sequel to Original Yooka-Laylee

Playtonic Developing a Sequel to Original Yooka-Laylee - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 21 November 2021 / 989 Views

Last week it was announced Tencent had acquired a minority stake in Yooka-Laylee developer Playtonic Games. The studio will keep full creative control over its IP and will use the investment to scale from one team to multiple teams, with a focus on hiring diverse talent. 

GamesIndustry has confirmed the investment will mean the developer will be able to develop a direct sequel to the 3D platformer, Yooka-Laylee.

Yooka-Laylee released in 2017 and was followed up by a 2D spin-off, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair.

"We've always had a dialogue with Tencent," Playtonic managing director Gavin Price told GamesIndsutry. "We got chatting to them about the future of 3D platforming and what we're doing next. I mentioned that Playtonic had this growth plan of being lots of people with lots of teams. They said don't do anything hasty, that they really liked these chats and wanted to discuss how Tencent could get involved.

"I was surprised, because I didn't expect them to be interested in Playtonic. It turned out that they had a department for genres, including a 3D platform department. So we had to formalise our future content plan a bit. And we wanted to have an aspiration goal as well, which was to make Yooka-Laylee an IP that could appear on a major fast food chain's kids meal box.

"They liked the studio and what we put out before, and they thought they could help us achieve those goals. And it just continued from there. Naturally, everyone wanted to do this, so we just threw it over to the solicitors and waited for them to tell me it was done."


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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11 Comments
CaptainExplosion (on 21 November 2021)

With help from Tencent. -_-

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Kakadu18 CaptainExplosion (on 22 November 2021)

A deal with the devil.

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hunter_alien Kakadu18 (on 22 November 2021)

It could be worse, Activision might have funded it...

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CaptainExplosion hunter_alien (on 22 November 2021)

As awful as Activision is, they're not the ones who have to bend over for Xi Xinpig and his party of other spineless cock suckers who make China as awful as they can every day.

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hunter_alien CaptainExplosion (on 22 November 2021)

Yeah, helping out rapists and fucking over the financial system that helped build up your wealth, by routinely making people jobless and homeless is just as bad in my book. But hey, that's just me. In contrast to others, I point out evil wherever I see it, regardless of race, ethnicity, or color.

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CaptainExplosion hunter_alien (on 22 November 2021)

I'm not defending Activision, I'm just saying that bending over for Xi Xinpig, who's even worse than Bobby Nodick, makes Tencent even worse.

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scrapking hunter_alien (on 22 November 2021)

Not giving Activision/Kotick any kind of pass at all...

But given China's "social credit" system that rewards people who kowtow to the government and punishes those who don't, the use of facial tracking tech by the government in ways that would be illegal in any free and fair society, the genocides against ethnic groups within China committed by the government, the broad censorship within China, the "hostage diplomacy" that China engaged in with the "Two Michaels", and so much more, I fully agree with @CaptainExplosion on this one.

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CaptainExplosion scrapking (on 22 November 2021)

As a Canadian that only made me want to kill Xi Xinpig even more. Only when he and the rest of his party are dead will China have a chance to actually develop as a country, instead of being stuck in the fucking 30s.

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Runa216 hunter_alien (on 22 November 2021)

Look, both are bad but I'm sorry, an actual genocide of muslims that doesn't get nearly enough coverage and keeping an iron grip on the nation is a far worse crime than sexually harassing some people and covering up for it. Both are bad, but like, one is magnitudes worse and it aint the shitty capitalist who will do anyone dirty to make a dime. IT's the one with actual murder.

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CaptainExplosion Runa216 (on 23 November 2021)

Xi Xinpig and his fascist party need to be slowly eviscerated with electrified knives until those cockroaches stop twitching. Like it or not, sometimes the best way to make the world a better place is to remove certain individuals from it.

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Wow guys, this discussion escalated quickly :)))

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