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Yooka-Laylee Quintuples Its Kickstarter Goal In 24 Hours

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Yooka-Laylee has became the fastest video game to reach $1 million on Kickstarter. It reached the milestone in 6 hours, which knocks out the previous 7 hour record held by Torment: The Tides of Numenera. At the time of writing, the project has earned £1,276,868, or around $1.9 million USD, with more than 37 thousand backers. The game’s goal of £175,000 was actually reached in just 40 minutes.

Yooka-Laylee, formerly called Project Ukelele, is the spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie, the much-loved platformer series capable of stirring up tears of nostalgia in grown adults. Despite the series’ popularity, it’s been a long time since it’s had a title released thanks to the unclear status of the IP. Originally developed by Rare, the series was heavily associated with Nintendo until Microsoft bought it. The partnership didn’t work out. Most of the core team at Rare left shortly after. Nowadays Rare makes those dodgy Kinect sports games nobody buys, and the last we saw of Banjo-Kazooie was the 2008 Nuts and Bolts on Xbox 360 – a title fans don’t like to talk about.

But those members of Rare that left after the Microsoft takeover eventually came together again, forming their own company called Playtonic Studios. Yooka-Laylee is a Banjo-Kazooie game in everything but name, right down to the small-flying-animal-carrying-larger-non-flying-animal protagonists. But don’t worry – they quadruple checked with their lawyers. It’s not copyright infringement.

It’s not all that surprising to see Yooka-Laylee enjoy such a success on Kickstarter. Nostalgia is big business and projects that evoke our childhood memories have a history of success when it comes to crowdfunding. Banjo-Kazooie is no exception, and given that the 0nly platformers these days are from Nintendo and a few indie developers, it makes sense that people are seeing a hole Yooka-Laylee can fill.

Hitting the £1 million mark assures the game’s release across all the major platforms – Wii U, Xbox One, PS4, PC, Linux and Mac. Some people have expressed surprise over Playtonic’s decision to develop for Wii U, given that most developers have dropped the console like a hot potato. But it makes sense for the spiritual successor of a series that historically shared close ties with Nintendo, especially given the fact that Playtonic have designed Yooka-Laylee too pull all of our nostalgic strings.

With its original team now working on Yooka-Laylee, it’s unclear what future Rare faces. But there have been rumours they will present a new game at E3 and fans are hopeful for something new and exciting from the once great developer.

Rhiannon likes video games and she likes writing, so she decided to combine them. As well as writing about video games, she also belts out the occasional science fiction or fantasy story, edits videos, and eats strawberry oreos. In that order.

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Battle Pass for Crash Team Rumble is not necessary to unlock new characters; the upcoming closed beta

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The competitive multiplayer spinoff of Crash Team Rumble, which will be available on both the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4, will debut on June 20. A closed beta for the game will be held in the coming weeks, and the good news that character unlocks won’t be dependent on Battle Pass progress was just revealed.

Publisher Activision made its intentions very clear in a lengthy blog post, writing, “New heroes and powers will be unlocked through in-game challenges rather than being connected to the Battle Pass because we want every player to have a balanced experience while enjoying the N. Sane fun that Crash Team Rumble has to offer.” “For those who wish to get a WUMP on the season’s newest looks, Battle Passes will solely reward cosmetic goods; however, cosmetics will still be earnable through participation in seasonal events.”

Those who preorder the platformer/battle royale mix can take part in a limited beta between April 20 and 24. For those who want to jump right in, online matches against other players and practice matches versus AI bots will be offered.

How does Crash Team Rumble strike you? Will you participate in the closed beta test?

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Indie Not on PlayStation Wins BAFTA Game of the Year, Beating PS5, PS4’s Greatest Hits

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God of War Ragnarok and Elden Ring were both beaten out for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for Best Game by a tiny little independent title called Vampire Survivors, which isn’t even accessible on PlayStation systems. Do you really believe that?

Putting all lightheartedness aside, Vampire Survivors was something of a phenomenon in 2022, and you would have to be living under a rock (or live offline) to have missed it. It burst into prominence and eventually became a favorite among industry insiders. A fiendishly addictive fundamental gameplay loop hides beneath a deceptively simple exterior, earning developer Luca Galante, aka Poncle, this year’s BAFTA for Game Design as well as another honor.

There hasn’t been any news of the mega-hit coming to PlayStation as of yet, so there’s probably some sort of exclusivity agreement in place or anything else blocking it. Perhaps one day we will be granted access to it, but until then, console yourself with one of the numerous high-end games on our preferred platform, such as The Last of Us, which won Best Game back in 2014.

In slightly related news, Shuhei Yoshida, a PlayStation legend, received a BAFTA Fellowship, the highest honor bestowed by the organization.

What do you think about the Vampire Survivors’ victory—do you believe it was well-deserved or totally absurd?

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On May 17, Crusader Kings 3: Royal Court Expansion will be available on consoles

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While we felt Crusader Kings 3: Console Edition was fantastic when it was launched on the PS5 last year, we were only able to play the base game. We are incredibly grateful that the great Royal Court extension will be coming to consoles. This is a regal proclamation that we could not be more delighted to make.

It’s pretty difficult to switch back after you’ve experienced the conveniences and enhancements that Royal Court offers to the well-stocked table, as anyone who has played Crusader Kings 3 on PC knows. It’s not just for show; players will be able to use trophies and priceless pieces of art to adorn their throne room, which adds a minor RPG system to an already magnificently complex adventure.

If you haven’t already and like the basic Crusader King’s experience, we highly encourage you to give Royal Court a try. This expansion is the ideal reason to jump back in for another round of backroom maneuvering. Are you going to create your own royal court?

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