Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair brings Donkey Kong Country-style action to PC in October

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Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, which James described in June as "basically Donkey Kong Country on PC," still doesn't have a solid release date. But developer Playtonic Games dropped a teaser on Twitter today hinting very strongly that it will be out October.

No further details were revealed, but Playtonic said in separate tweet that the music in the trailer is a clip from the Grant Kirkhope-composed soundtrack, and that a full track will be released next week.

The game sounded promising in our preview, but not without rough edges: James enjoyed the gameplay but wasn't entirely sold on the world or characters, and didn't feel that the level design was quite up to the standard set by its inspiration. 

"Playtonic nailed the basics," he wrote. "But seeing how enemies and obstacles grow in complexity and creativity over the course of several levels is where DK shines, and I didn't get to see Yooka-Laylee's own iterative process in action."

Hopefully Playtonic has been able to up its game since then—we'll find out in a couple of months.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.