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Yooka-Laylee developer shows progress on making the game look worse

Soon, it will look more like a Nintendo 64 game

A lower-resolution screenshot of Yooka-Laylee showing the Nintendo 64-style “64-bit Tonic” DLC Playtonic Games

Yooka-Laylee developer Playtonic Games is in the process of delivering on the collect-athon platformer’s remaining stretch goals, including one that amps up the Nintendo 64 era nostalgia: a filter that makes the game looks much worse.

On Playtonic’s website, the developer offered a work-in-progress peek at the promised “64-Bit” tonic, one of Yooka-Laylee’s game modifiers, dubbed Play Tonics. The tonic will reduce the texture quality and resolution of the game in an attempt to more closely match the graphics of something like the original Banjo-Kazooie.

The graphics filter was included as one of Playtonic’s stretch goals; the game’s Kickstarter campaign promised an “old-skool” N64 shader if Yooka-Laylee raised more than £1.1 million. The project eventually went on to raise more than £2 million through Kickstarter.

Playtonic said on its website that it’s working on “the remaining Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter stretch goals, such as the dev commentary series” but only offers a “near future” release date for those updates.

Yooka-Laylee is available for Linux, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. You can read Polygon’s review for more on the game.

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