New Yooka-Laylee character channels old school graphics

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Ever since the announcement that Team17 would be publishing the Kickstarter-funded Banjo-Kazooie-like Yooka-Laylee, news has been pretty quiet on it. There have been a couple of backer updates, including one showing a cute skeleton girl, but nothing major.

IGN got some special access to developer Playtonic, and it has some behind-the-scenes looks scheduled for tomorrow, but today it let us know about a new character named Rextro Sixtyfourus. Rextro’s role is the guardian of the old arcade machines in each level, so his design is meant to hearken back to the bad ol’ days of low-polygon models.

That said, he looks pretty good! The design definitely evokes the Nintendo 64 style, but it looks nicer in HD. His textures almost remind me a bit of Viva Piñata, like I could bust him open for some candy. Going the extra mile, he even features a custom shader that gives him scan lines, as if he were being viewed on an old CRT television. Check out the image in the gallery to see it up close.

Yooka-Laylee unveils a brand new retro-gaming character – IGN First [IGN]