For fans of Polytonic’s upcoming Yooka-Laylee found out today when they’ll be able to get their hands on the hotly anticipated platformer… that is unless you’re waiting to play it on Nintendo’s Wii U.
The announcement came via the developers Twitter channel, where it stated;
— Playtonic (@PlaytonicGames) December 13, 2016
Sadly if you wee one of the backers who pledged into the Wii U version, looks like your luck may be out. Playtonic studio director Gavin Price confirmed in a statement to Eurogamer that the Wii U version is dead, meaning you’ll need to switch to one of the other consoles.
“We’re sad to announce that despite our best efforts and exploring every possible avenue, we have encountered unforeseen technical issues that unfortunately mean it will be impossible for us to release Yooka-Laylee on Wii U as initially planned,”
“We can however confirm today that we are working very closely with Nintendo to look to bring Yooka-Laylee to the upcoming Nintendo Switch. We’re thrilled to be able to explore the opportunity and more details will be shared in early 2017.
“Of course, any backers who pledged for the Wii U version will be able to move their pledge to any of the versions launching on April 11th or upgrade to the Nintendo Switch version when we announce further details in 2017. Thanks again for your incredible support.”
It’s not really a surprise. The Wii U is dead and committing resources to it when the Nintendo Switch is hovering on the horizon seems like an insanely silly move. That said, I can imagine some fans will be upset at this move. Wii U is where most of Nintendo’s hardcore fans are situated right now – meaning they’ll need to pony up for the Switch console to play it or find another place to lay their chips.
Are you excited to get your hands on Yooka-Laylee?