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Yooka-Laylee has been cancelled on Wii U, moving Switch

by Daniel VuckovicDecember 13, 2016

Playtonic has announced the the Wii U version of Yookla-Laylee has been cancelled. The game will now move over to the Nintendo Switch instead. The reason for the cancellation of the Wii U version?

The Playtonic team is sad to confirm that despite our best efforts and exploring every possible avenue, we’ve encountered unforeseen technical issues that unfortunately mean it will be impossible for us to release the game on Wii U as initially planned.

The good news is that the game will now move over to the Nintendo Switch instead, but at this stage don’t have anything more to announce regarding it.

Since the game was funded by Kickstarter backers folks will be able to move their pledge to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac or Linux version of the game instead. If you’re happy to wait for it, you can also move it to the Nintendo Switch version. The company has setup an FAQ to check out.

When Yooka-Laylee the Wii U still had some life in it, with the system on life support it’s not crazy to see the game get moved to the Switch.

Statement

After many challenging months, we’re finally able to update you on the Wii U version of Yooka-Laylee and announce a number of developments.

The Playtonic team is sad to confirm that despite our best efforts and exploring every possible avenue, we’ve encountered unforeseen technical issues that unfortunately mean it will be impossible for us to release the game on Wii U as initially planned.

We can however confirm the exciting news that we are now working very closely with Nintendo to look to bring Yooka-Laylee to the upcoming Nintendo Switch. We’re looking forward to exploring the opportunity and will have more details to share early next year.

We’d like to apologise to those affected by this development and offer all Wii U backers the opportunity to move their pledge free-of-charge to any of the versions launching on April 11th (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac or Linux) or upgrade to the Nintendo Switch version when we announce further details in 2017.

Information on how backers can change their formats will arrive in January, once we’ve finalised the smoothest possible solution. For more details on our platform change, we’ve prepared a Yooka-Laylee Wii U FAQ page.

The Playtonic team thank you for your continued support and understanding on this issue and hope you look forward to future developments on the Nintendo front. We hope, in the fullness of time, we can make Nintendo platforms a great place to experience Yooka-Laylee – and beyond.

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  • Flomsat
    December 13, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Actually glad that they’re releasing it on Nintendo Switch. Now the only decision is do I just go with the PC version, or wait a little longer to make the Switch?

  • Oliver Winfree
    December 14, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Makes sense to me, why put it on a dead console. Good move.

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