In a recent interview Andy Robinson of Playtonic has revealed that Yooka Laylee, which was assumed to be available for the Nintendo Switch at the same time as every other console, has an unknown release date.
GR: How are you approaching the Nintendo Switch? What would you expect in terms of success for this specific version?
AR: It’s a bit too early to go into specifics with this version, but rest assured we’re working directly with Nintendo to get it out as soon as possible for our many fans and Kickstarter backers on that platform. We’re big Nintendo fans here, so it’s very exciting to be working on Nintendo Switch.
Unfortunately Yooka Laylee seemed like a big release for the Nintendo Switch. Being one of the first games to be a simultaneous launch with a Switch version was a huge deal. Giving us the first look at how Switch sales stack up against the rest. Switch has the advantage of having a decent size fan base with little games. Making Yooka Laylee on the Switch possibly very successful.
The delay could also spell trouble for the Switch’s future in general. If this becomes a trend where the third party games lag behind other consoles, it could cause software sales to be lacking. Also saying that they are working closely with Nintendo to get it out spells trouble, in a way. If the Switch is to be successful with third party games it shouldn’t be necessary to work closely with Nintendo to get a game out.
I would say that the release date of Yooka Laylee won’t fall too far behind the regular release date. Yooka Laylee is a Kickstarter game and like they said in the quote, they have backers for that platform. I’m sure their backers mean the world to them and they don’t want to leave them in the dark for long. If I had to wager I would say we will see Yooka Laylee on the Switch by July at the absolute latest and May at the earliest.