Kickstarter For Banjo-Kazooie Spiritual Successor Yooka-Laylee Goes Live Tomorrow

This era’s Banjo-Kazooie is headed for Kickstarter tomorrow.

Playtonic Games have announced that the Kickstarter campaign for their spiritual successor to the Banjo-Kazooie games, called Yooka-Laylee, will go live tomorrow.

This game was formerly known simply as Project Ukulele, with the devs announcing the official name and Kickstarter date today. They claim it will be somewhere in between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie, with the two new protagonists being Yooka the chameleon and Laylee the bat.

IGN has an exclusive video that briefly shows off the new characters and their world, and I’ll just say that it looks very promising. It would be great if we could see a return of the 3D platformer style of games of the 90’s again. Check out that video below. 

While Yooka-Laylee doesn’t have a release window yet, it is reportedly in development for PC and PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U versions will follow.

Dead Island 2 Has Been Delayed To 2016

The follow-up to Dead Island is being delayed a whole year as the devs claim they haven’t achieved what they set out to.

Yager Development has confirmed on twitter that their in-development zombie game Dead Island 2 has been delayed to 2016. The game was originally set to launch in the Spring of this year.

Here’s a snippet of what the devs said on twitter:

“We have always set ourselves a big goal for Dead Island 2: to create the sequel that takes Dead Island to the next level. A game that takes what our fans tell us they love about Dead Island – multiple different characters to play with, co-op, and turning a paradise setting into a zombie slaughter melee – and a game that adds a ton more content and combat options on top of that.

And we wanted to have all of that that done for release in Spring 2015.

We have been looking at the game long and hard, and we have decided we didn’t reach that goal we set out to achieve quite yet. This is why we have decided to delay Dead Island 2 to 2016.”

Dead Island 2 is developed by Yager Development and published by Deep Silver for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Wii U Ink Shooter Splatoon Getting Nintendo Direct Next Week

Get ready for plenty of squid puns as next week will be bringing lots of Splatoon coverage.

Nintendo has revealed that they are planning to broadcast a Nintendo Direct show focusing entirely on their third-person ink shooter Splatoon.

The show is set to broadcast on Thursday, May 7th at 7 AM PDT. It will apparently include Nintendo’s “expert team of scientists at the Squid Research Lab.”

While there was no information released on what exactly will be shown during the broadcast, Nintendo did promise a lot of “squid-tastic action.” Oh… it’s gonna be one of THOSE kinds of shows.

Splatoon is developed by Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 and is set to launch exclusively on the Wii U on May 29th.

Looks Like Watch Dogs 2 Is In The Works

It’s not much of a surprise that a Watch Dogs 2 could be in the works, but we may have just gotten our first officially unofficial tip.

It’s never a surprise that a game published by Ubisoft is getting a sequel, and last year’s Watch Dogs looks to be the next game moving into the big franchise territory. The first game sold over 9 million units and there have been talks about how a sequel could improve upon the first game, but nothing has been said since the game’s launch.

Thanks to the keen eyes at VideoGamer, however, the cat may have been accidentally let out of the bag. A Ubisoft senior programmer has listed Watch Dogs 2 on their LinkedIn page, with the person also having worked on the original Watch Dogs along with its expansion Bad Blood.

It’s worth noting that the information regarding Watch Dogs 2 has since been deleted, but even when it was up there was no additional information available on the game. One could expect that perhaps Ubisoft is waiting to reveal the sequel at this year’s E3, maybe not showing gameplay but at least a trailer.

Watch Dogs is developed by Ubisoft Montreal for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. It launched on November 18th, 2014.

2015 World Video Game Hall Of Fame Finalists Revealed

The Strong Museum has revealed their 15 finalists to be inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame. The inductees will be announced during a ceremony that will take place at the Strong Museum on Thursday, June 4th at 10:30 AM EST.

The 15 games are mostly composed of older games that revolutionized the medium in some way, with only a couple newer gamers sneaking into the mix. Check out the full list below.

Angry Birds (2009)

DOOM (1993)

FIFA (1993)

The Legend of Zelda (1986)

Minecraft (2009)

The Oregon Trail (1971)

Pac-Man (1980)

Pokémon (1996)

Pong (1972)

The Sims (2000)

Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)

Space Invaders (1978)

Super Mario Bros. (1985)

Tetris (1984)

World of Warcraft (2004)

It’s unknown just how many of these games will be inducted into the hall of fame, but you could definitely make a strong case for any of the games here. If I were to pick just one it would have to be Super Mario Bros., as that game not only saved the gaming industry in the 80’s but began what remains the most successful video game franchise of all time. Oh, and it’s one hell of game that is still a blast to play to this day.

Here Are The Free PlayStation Plus Games For May 2015

Sony has followed up Microsoft’s announcement of free games with an announcement of free games of their own, revealing the games that PlayStation Plus members will be able to download for free in the month of May.

The games span all 3 of Sony’s current systems, including the critically acclaimed Guacamelee to a brand new 1st-person puzzler called Ether One. The list is pretty strong, so go ahead and check out the games, images and description taken directly from this link below.

There’s also a video with Ryan Clements breaking down each game, which you can check out via the video at the bottom of this post.

Guacamelee

Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (PS4)

Free for PS Plus members
This 2D brawler/platformer hybrid is inspired by Mexican folklore and has a vivid art style to match. Explore a huge world, learn the robust fighting system, and enjoy some drop-in, drop-out co-op.

Ether One
Ether One (PS4)

Free for PS Plus members
This haunting, first-person puzzler tasks you with restoring the minds of the mentally ill by solving complex puzzles and sewing together the frayed strands of the patient’s lives. Be warned: not everything is as it seems.

The Unfinished Swan
The Unfinished Swan (PS4 | PS3 | PS Vita)

Free for PS Plus members
Developer Giant Sparrow made big waves with this project thanks to its astounding art style and thought-provoking gameplay. Will you help find a fitting end to this fairy tale? Experience a breath-taking story filled with delightful twists.

Race the Sun
Race the Sun (PS4 | PS3 | PS Vita)

Free for PS Plus members
This minimalist racing game forces you to compete against the setting sun in what is both a deeply calming and nail-biting session. That may sound like a contradiction, but it’s true!

Hohokum
Hohokum (PS4 | PS3 | PS Vita)

Free for PS Plus members
A supremely relaxing game that’s bursting at the seams with personality. Explore a crazy, colorful world, meet new friends, and just let go as you listen to the incredible soundtrack by a collection of talented artists.

Murasaki Baby
Murasaki Baby (PS Vita)

Free for PS Plus members
A strange puzzle game with an eerie atmosphere. Players guide Baby through a nightmarish landscape in search of home. It’s cute, and also a little weird.

Here Are The Free Games With Gold For May 2015

Not the best month for the service, but there’s at least one really interesting game to check out here.

Microsoft has announced the free games that will be coming to Xbox Live Gold members next month via the Games With Gold promotion.

On the Xbox One side of things, gamers will be able to download Castle Storm: Definitive Edition ($14.99 ERP) for free for the entire month. Pool Nation FX ($13.99 ERP) is also being offered for an additional month for free.

Things are a little more interesting for the Xbox 360, as from May 1st to May 15th gamers will be able to download Mafia II ($19.99 ERP) for free. Then from May 16th to May 31st F1 2013 ($39.99 ERP) will be free to download.

While this certainly isn’t the greatest month for Games With Gold, there’s definitely some interesting stuff to check out here. I always meant to play Mafia II, and now it looks like I’ll be able to for free! I just wish that heavier hitters were announced for Xbox One, but ah well.