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Yooka-Laylee Gets Major Update for PS4/Xbox One

Yooka-Laylee gets its first major update for consoles.

Dave Karev

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Playtonic Games has been continuously working on improving their first major title Yooka-Laylee, since the games’ release April. The first major update for Yooka-Laylee has arrived on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, fixing a lot of the issues players had with the game. Most notably is the new and improved camera design, with a manual mode for full player control. Playtonic has been listening to feedback from players, and this sizable update is a good step.

“Our development data-miners spent the weeks post-release paying close attention to your feedback and hopefully the additions in this update will make Yooka-Laylee an even more enjoyable experience.”

Here’s a list of some of the highlights from the update:

  • New music added to the pause menu
  • New manual camera mode added with minimal assist (updated with further viewing distance)
  • Camera design improvements throughout game (less scripted cameras, door cams now appear behind player etc)
  • Pagies have added signposts to Hivory Towers to help guide players to new worlds
  • Design tweaks to all arcade games
  • Improved speed when scrolling through Totals Menu
  • New option for shorter ‘gibberish’ voice sound FX
  • New speech volume option
  • New ability to speed through dialogue by holding Y
  • Cut-scenes can now be skipped with Y
  • New moves section added to pause menu, with image guide
  • Restart option added in the pause menu during arcade games and Kartos challenges
  • ‘Sonar-able’ objects now have clearer visual identity
  • Laser move no longer requires player to crouch
  • Minecart control and hitbox improvements, plus new visual effects
  • Transformation control improvements
  • Improved first-person aiming controls
  • New first-person aiming control options added
  • Improved flying controls
  • When transformed, collecting butterflies now restores energy
  • Hunter tonic now tracks the last 30 Quills and Casino Tokens, in addition to the Health and Power Extenders. It will also whistle at the location of the closest rare collectable.
  • Health UI is now always visible when low
  • Design tweaks in various areas (Black Hole in One, Gloomy Gem Grotto etc)
  • Arcade games now support per player control settings, such as vibration, inverted aim and sensitivity
  • Improved Rampo boss fight
  • Performance improvements
  • Audio improvements

Playtonic has also confirmed that they are ironing out the final issues on the Nintendo Switch version of Yooka-Laylee; they will give a release date when they are fully confident in the Switch version, and when everything gets approved. “We’re aware of the huge demand for more news on this and appreciate your patience as we work out the final issues.”

NerdBite founder and news editor. When I’m not writing about video games, I’m out eating sushi and rewatching LOST for the hundredth time. Some of my favorite games include; Wind Waker, Red Dead Redemption, and Witcher 3.

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