A new trailer showing off the game's Tonic collectibles confirms that Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is coming to the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS4, and PC via Steam on October 8, 2019, priced at $29.99.
Developer Playtonic Games says Impossible Lair isn't a direct sequel to 2017's Yooka-Laylee. As revealed back in June, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a 2D platformer starring the chameleon and bat duo. The game will have a 3D overworld with puzzles and obstacles as well, but players hoping for another throwback to Nintendo 64-era 3D platformers won't find one here. Former Rare composers Grant Kirkhope and David Wise are returning with contributions to Impossible Lair's soundtrack, so the game still might get your nostalgia going with its audio.
Judging by the levels shown off in this new trailer, Impossible Lair looks like it's going for a Donkey Kong Country vibe (look at those floating cannons and tell me you don't get Barrel Cannon Canyon flashbacks). Most of the focus in the trailer is on Tonics, collectibles that can change the look and feel of the gameplay. One Tonic even downgrades the graphics to a Game Boy style, as seen in the header screenshot. Four exclusive Tonics are available only to players who pre-order Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair.
Playtonic says it has more planned for the Yooka-Laylee franchise in the future, and we'll be able to judge for ourselves if Impossible Lair feels like a fun diversion or a hint of things to come in just over a month.