So remember that game called Yooka-Laylee being worked on by ex-Rare staff? The one where we’ve had very little updates on since its Kickstarter campaign ended? Well it seems like we’ve been given some new information on the game about a new character, Rextro Sixtyfourus (awesome name by the way)!
The Lead Artist for Yooka-Laylee, Mark Stevenson fed our insatiable hunger for new information on the Banjo-Kazooie successor! Rextro Sixtyfourus is a character that is deliberately going to have a blocky appearance like in the golden days of the Nintendo 64 and is being rendered in such a way that gives it a retro feeling.
Just look at the already lovable Rextro below!
Mark Stevenson shared more than a few words on this topic:
“We decided on using a dinosaur pretty early on as this is a creature that naturally associates with a past era. Then I think mostly my inspiration came from work I’d done previously on characters for the Donkey Kong 64 game. From this work I knew the kind of forms we had to create due to low polygon counts, so this inspired the shapes used to create Rextro’s blocky feet and hands that are virtually cubes. All the polygons in Rexto have hard edges as well: this affects how the light shines on him meaning you can basically see all the polygon faces as individual facets.
I wanted Rex to to feel like he captured the era of games from my early career which also included work on the Donkey Kong games on the Super Nintendo. Finally just to reinforce the retro aspect some more, I created a custom shader that creates a scanline effect on Rextro to make him look like he’s being viewed on an old school CRT TV.”
Personally I’m loving the direction in which they’re taking the game and I don’t think it’s possible to get more excited about the game than I already am! I’m glad that I backed the project during the Kickstarter and really cannot wait for the game in October 2016!
What do you think about Rextro Sixtyfourus and what other characters would you like to see in Yooka-Laylee? Are you excited for the game? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments!