Indie machine, indeed: Developer Playtonic Games has finally confirmed that the indie 3D platformer Yooka-Laylee will be launching on the Nintendo Switch in mid-December.
— Playtonic (@PlaytonicGames) November 28, 2017
The news was both teased and confirmed early this morning on the official Playtonic Games Twitter account, with an accompanying developer blog post as well. This announcement and release date comes months after confirmation that the popular title would eventually come to the hybrid system, and as Playtonic elaborates, all times was spend optimizing and polishing the game for a clean launch:
Available to pre-order from the Nintendo eShop from December 7, Yooka-Laylee for Nintendo Switch features a shed-load of polish and updates, including single-JoyCon play across all eight multiplayer games, a custom Achievement system, plus the ability to take our collecting duo on the go without the need for extravagant extension leads!
The Playtonic team has spent many, many months optimising Yooka-Laylee for Nintendo Switch (with technical help and support from Nintendo and Unity themselves!) and we believe we’re delivering a version Nintendo fans can be proud of.
Players can expect a quality experience both on and away from the television and on top of that, Switch players will benefit from the huge list of updates we’ve added since launch such as a brand new camera mode, control improvements, menu options, music… and a lot more!
As stated, Yooka-Laylee will only be available in a digital format from the Nintendo eShop — which will begin pre-orders on December 7. In addition, a short new gameplay trailer was put out to commemorate the announcement. The footage can be seen below.
Yooka-Laylee initially launched on April 11 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam, macOS, and Linux. Originally started as a Kickstarter project, a Nintendo Wii U version was planned but later scrapped in exchange for further development time and focus put into the eventual Switch version.