'Yooka-Laylee' Release Date, News & Update: Playtonic Reveils Reason For Cancelling The Wii U Version

By Dan Sellavarim , Updated Dec 14, 2016 05:41 AM EST

Playtonic Games has crossed out the Wii U version of "Yooka- Laylee" from its list of game releases due to "unforeseen technical issues." The developer is considering of launching the game on Nintendo Switch instead.

"Yooka- Laylee" is slotted to launch on Mac, Xbox One, PS4, Windows and Linux in April 2017. Playtonic Games suggests that the affected Wii U backers move their pledge to the confirmed versions in which they get to receive a digital copy of "Yooka- Laylee" free of charge. Details on how to transfer from Wii U to another platform will be sent to the backers through a message in January. Meanwhile, those who wish to upgrade to Nintendo Switch version may have to wait for the details until 2017.

Eurogamer reports that the game developer was saddened that it has come up with the decision to cancel the release of Wii U version of "Yooka- Laylee." Studio Head at Playtonic Games, Gavin Price, said that they have given their best shots and explored "every possible avenue" but unfortunately they found themselves back to square one. This time in Nintendo Switch edition.

Nintendo Life says that Price has also made it clear that the failure in Wii U's commercial has nothing to do with the game developer's decision of canceling the release of the Wii U version of "Yooka-Laylee." He again emphasized that it was solely about the technical difficulty they did not anticipate.

"Yooka-Laylee" is 3D platform-adventure video game which follows the adventure of Yooka and Laylee as the two venture in Shipwreck Creek. Players get to control the "sensible" chameleon called  Yooka as well as the "little crazy bat" named Laylee. Players need to find the golden book pages, Pagies, in order to expand the current world. The pagies can also be used in unlocking new worlds.

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