Yooka-Laylee becomes Kickstarter’s most funded UK video game campaign

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Playtonic Games have been humbled by the support behind their Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee, touted as a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie.

But even they were surprised to have smashed their initial £175,000 funding goal so quickly. It only took 40 minutes to surpass it, an achievement that has seen the crowdfunding website confirm that it has become the “Most Funded UK campaign ever for a video game.”

It not only eclipsed Frontier Developments’ Elite: Dangerous, but can also claim to be the fastest game project to have reached $1 million. That was accomplished in 5 hours and 41 minutes, which has only been outpaced by four other projects.

“The response to Yooka-Laylee has been incredible and from all of us here at Playtonic, we really want to say a huge, warm ‘thank you’ to everyone who has helped us exceed our goal,” comments Playtonic’s creative lead Gavin Price.

“The enthusiasm and support from the community has been truly humbling. We’re now in a fantastic position to make Yooka-Laylee at the level and scope that the fans have demanded.”

Yooka-Laylee’s Kickstarter campaign will continue until 12am BST on Wednesday 17th June, currently striving toward their next stretch goal at £2 million that will reward backers with free downloadable content.

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