Playtonic Games’ Yooka-Laylee is shaping up rather well since its announcement and overwhelmingly successful Kickstarter campaign last year. The 3D platformer developed by ex-Rare employees seems to be making good on its promise to revive the collection-based platforming genre that was so prevalent during the Nintendo 64 generation. Earlier this week, Platonic effectively signaled that revival by releasing the Yooka-Laylee Gamescom trailer, showing off the unbelievable scale and polish they have achieved with the game so far.

The Yooka-Laylee Gamescom trailer presents a few of the worlds that our heroic duo will explore, such as the jungle-themed Tribalstack Tropics, a snow-covered mountaintop, and a factory full of machines and books (presumably Yooka-Laylee‘s hub world). In addition, we can see a number of new gameplay features, including underwater segments and transformations. There’s plenty more to unpack in this trailer, so give it a watch below.

The trailer also presents more of Yooka-Laylee‘s mine cart sections, making good on one of Platonic’s many Kickstarter milestone. Calling to mind Rare’s hey-day with Donkey Kong Country, these mine cart sections appear as if they will challenge players’ reflexes and provide the right amount of tension. We saw the mine cart first in the game’s E3 trailer, but it appears these sections will present in various worlds throughout the world. So far, we’ve only seen 2.5D mine cart sections, but the Kickstarter did promise 3D sections as well.

Yooka-Laylee‘s new trailer reaffirms the confidence that gamers have placed in Playtonic. We can’t wait to see more of the game’s cute, crass, creative content early next year.

Yooka-Laylee is due to release Q1 2017, for Playstation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, and PC.

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