Yooka-Laylee goes 64-bit with an upcoming patch

by: Sean Colleli -
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Yooka-Laylee had a rather...mixed reception when it arrived last year, but developer Playtonic has at least pushed out several bugfixes and some additional content. The latest update will include a new graphical option called 64-bit mode. The visual downgrade chops the polygon count down to 1998 standards, but it also drastically decreases the resolution, giving the game that smeary, juddery N64/PS1 look. This is a real shame, because many 90s-era low-poly games have a clean, vibrant appearance when brought up to HD resolutions and this could actually be a good art style for Yooka-Laylee.

Enough friends told me to steer clear of Yooka-Laylee that I avoided picking up the game last year, and I think I'll continue that trend. I appreciate that Playtonic's heart is in the right place, but Yooka-Laylee still doesn't look like the collectathon heavens of yesteryear, and turning the graphics into a muddy mess just misses the point even farther. As of right now the 64-bit update doesn't have a firm release date, but stay tuned.