Shovel Knight joins Banjo-Kazooie Spiritual Successor ‘Yooka-Laylee!’

Do you know what Yooka-Laylee is? You should! It’s the game that former Rare developers are working on at the moment which serves at a successor to Banjo-Kazooie. It’s a 3D action platformer that is basically Banjo-Kazooie in every sense of the world, and this has been confirmed by people within the community that have played the current build at various conventions. Might No. 9, Yooka-Laylee is not thankfully! Well, recently the developers announced another platforming friend would be making a little appearance in the title… that friend is the hero known as Shovel Knight!

Needless to say, his inclusion is pretty cool. Shovel Knight manages to get around quite well it would seem, as he’s been included in a number of other fantastic games so far! Regarding his inclusion in Yooka-Laylee, Yacht Club games, the delvelopers of Shovel Knight had the following to say.

“Whoahhh!!!! Isn’t it amazing to see Shovel Knight rendered in 3D?! It was a team effort too! Our very own Sean Velasco made all the funny noises for Shovel Knight’s voice. Is that what Shovel Knight really sounds like?

Yacht Club Games designed and built the model itself while Playtonic rigged and animated it to life. Shovel Knight sure looks comfortable in a 3D world. Who knows…maybe one day we’ll see Shovel Knight running and jumping around his very own 64-styled adventure! Wouldn’t that be neat?”

Is anyone else looking forward to Yooka-Laylee? It’s shaping up to be one of the best love letters to a retro gaming icon in recent years.

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