The Wii U version of Yooka-Laylee is no longer happening, thanks to “unforeseen technical issues”.
Yooka-Laylee, the Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor from ex-Rare developers at Playtonic, was initially announced for release on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U. Simultaneous release on all platforms was even one of the game’s cleared stretch goals.
Today, developer Playtonic revealed the game’s release date on everything but Nintendo’s console. That’s because the Wii U version has been cancelled.
The news comes via a Playtonic email sent to VG247. In it, the developer cited “unforeseen technical issues” as the issue preventing the release on Wii U.
As for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, all three will release on April 11 worldwide and is available for pre-order. Despite the disappointing cancellation news, Playtonic said it’s looking into making a Switch port instead, with more details to be shared early next year.
If you backed the game for the Wii U version, you’ll now be able to change your pledge to any of the other versions for free. You can also wait it out until more details are released about the Switch version in 2017 so you can upgrade your Wii U pledge to that.
The developer will message all Wii U backers with details on how to change their pledges. Refunds can be made if you email the studio.
As for other versions, anyone who pre-orders will get instant access to the – previously backer-only – Toybox demo. Backers will also be able to upgrade to a retail version should they want to.