In just a few weeks, Yooka-Laylee will finally release on all platforms with the exception of the Switch port, which still hasn't received a date. The game was a Kickstarter success—one fueled by countless fans—and popular YouTuber JonTron was prominent among them. Back in 2015, Playtonic invited JonTron to voice a minor character in the game - due to his love of Banjo-Kazooie - but recent controversy has seen his contribution removed.
Across Twitter and his video stream, JonTron made certain unpopular comments regarding his personal views of immigration and ethnicity, resulting in him losing a high number of subscribers. Playtonic caught wind of it, and dropped him from the game as a result. Here's the official statement from the developer:
JonTron is a talented video presenter who we were initially, two years ago, happy to include as a voice contributor in our game. However, in light of his recent personal viewpoints we have made the decision to remove JonTron's inclusion in the game via a forthcoming content update. We would like to make absolutely clear that we do not endorse or support JonTron's personal viewpoints and that, as an external fan contributor, he does not represent Playtonic in any capacity. Playtonic is a studio that celebrates diversity in all forms and strives to make games that everyone can enjoy. As such, we deeply regret any implied association that could make players feel anything but 100% comfortable in our game worlds, or distract from the incredible goodwill and love shown by our fans and Kickstarter backers.
What do you think? Will you be picking up Yooka-Laylee? Do you think his removal was deserved?