There was understandable disappointment late last year when it was confirmed that Yooka-Laylee is no longer coming to the Wii U. Playtonic Games did give a strong indication that it would bring the title to Nintendo Switch, though the wording wasn't quite ironclad.
It now seems to be a firm proposition, as the Switch version is outlined within a Kickstarter backer update preparing supporters to make final selections on their platform. Wii U owners have a few options, which include changing to a Switch download copy; no firm release date is given, though, with more details promised 'in the future'. It's due out on Xbox One, PS4 and PC on 11th April, so naturally it's unclear whether that is a conceivable option for Switch until a further update is given.
You can see the details below, with the notable point that an option to upgrade to a physical copy for an extra £20 isn't applied to the Switch version, in the case of Wii U pledge upgrades.
We continue to work closely with Nintendo on plans for a Nintendo Switch version of Yooka-Laylee and more details will be revealed in the future. We'd like to thank our many Nintendo fans for their continued patience and understanding while we form our plans: we hope to make your platform of choice a great place to experience Yooka-Laylee in the future!
Note: Upon release, the Switch version will be delivered to backers via digital game codes and thus no additional upgrade cost is required.
Forthcoming options depending on your current platform choice
When we unlock your survey through BackerKit, Wii U backers will be able to do one of the following:
- Change to a PC digital Steam version (and receive Toybox Plus on PC Steam to compensate for price difference)
- Change to a digital console version (Xbox One, PS4 or Switch)
- Upgrade to a physical console version (Xbox One or PS4 - £20 upgrade cost applies)
- Request a refund
*Please note that all Wii U backers who don't choose another platform will be defaulted to PC digital Steam
Of course, this doesn't definitively mean that there won't be a physical edition for Switch, and the studio has stated it's only confirmed Kickstarter options to date. It seems, based upon the wording here, that options have been drawn up despite a little flux around the Switch version, in terms of when it will be available and whether it'll have a physical edition like PS4 and Xbox One.
In general there seem to be a number of unhappy commenters on the Kickstarter page - there are PC backers that seem frustrated that they may not be able to upgrade to console, while some are pointing out that backers (with the upgrade fee) could end up paying more for a physical copy than those that simply buy it online at launch. As for Wii U owners, there's an acceptance that a refund or change of version is fair, albeit there's a natural desire for firm details on the Switch version.
Are you planning to pick up Yooka-Laylee on 11th April, or will you hold fire for more information on the Nintendo Switch version? Let us know in the comments.