Yooka-Laylee was a massive success when it came to Kickstarter, reaching its initial funding goal in a snap. While the finished throwback to collect-a-thon 3D platformers was criticized by some for keeping the flaws of the genre present, it still gave us a colorful world with enjoyable characters. And now Yooka-Laylee is back on Kickstarter to help bring us back to that world, this time in print form. Dreamprism Press is set to release a 120-page graphic novel, Yooka-Laylee and the Kracklestone, created by writer/illustrator D.M. Cumbo. Cumbo has been working on the book in secret, and with the story and line art completed, needs one final boost to help finish it and bring it to the public.
Partnering with developers Playtonic Games, the comic aims to expand upon the game’s universe. In it, Yooka and Laylee face off once again with the evil Capital B in a race to Mount Zapkrackle, this time in search of the Kracklestone, an artifact that can grant invincibility. The campaign page shows off a few sample pages, looking appropriately comical and colorful with the banter between our heroes. For those who wish to donate to the campaign, rewards include hardbound copies, ones with gilded edges, and collector’s packs. In addition, possible stretch goals include foil covers, a “Making Of” section, and a bonus comic.
It looks like a rather fun expansion for Yooka-Laylee’s universe, so here’s hoping for the best. And with more than a third of its $40,000 goal already raised, it looks like the best is quickly coming. If all goes well, expect to see Yooka-Laylee and the Kracklestone ready for fans by Summer 2019.