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Yooka-Laylee update embraces speedrunners — and fixes the camera

The game’s getting the ol’ “spit ‘n’ polish” sometime soon

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Speedrunners have taken to Yooka-Laylee, so it’s only fitting that the game’s first big update makes things easier for them. Developer Playtonic Games detailed some of the new features and improvements coming to the game in the next few weeks, and many of them are aimed at players who want to play Yooka-Laylee as fast as possible.

The update that’s in development will include “stuff like the optional ability to skip dialogue faster, bypass cutscenes or reduce those pesky gibberish voices, which should please the speedrunners among us,” Playtonic wrote in a post.

The update will also improve upon the game’s camera, among other elements of “design polish.” The developer included a clip that gives a sense of what the improved camera should look like.

This is a preview of how the camera will operate.
Playtonic Games

A pre-launch patch tweaked the camera as well, but Yooka-Laylee’s poor camera continues to draw ire from players. Players’ complaints include that it gets stuck at inopportune moments, changes around often and causes other gameplay problems.

The primary focus of the new content, though, is geared toward players who embrace the game’s buggier parts. Yooka-Laylee is already full of shortcuts for speedrunning enthusiasts. Since it launched last month, players have discovered various skips and glitches that help whittle down a playthrough to less than 40 minutes-long.

This trick is one of the biggest speedrunning strats, as it lets players circumvent a frustrating requirement: finding 100 of the game’s collectible pages in order to progress to Yooka-Laylee’s final boss. Using this glitch helps players cut right to the chase much more quickly — although players still need to unlock various moves and upgrades for this to work.

It looks like the game’s current world record sits at 34 minutes, 48 seconds. While this run is pretty astounding to us, streamer TheRedSock insists in the video below’s description that he could stand to do it better next time.

Expect to see some even quicker times once Yooka-Laylee’s big update is out.

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