Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in
If you’re patiently waiting for games like Yooka-Laylee on the Switch, you may have to wait just a little bit longer. This morning, Yooka-Laylee developers Playtonic released a backer update on their Kickstarter page, detailing their progress towards a Switch port, and the hurdles Unity has presented them with.
Playtonic explained that the game was bogged down by a technical issue that required a new version of Unity to fix (Unity 5.6). However, once the updated engine released, a host of new issues were found within the game, needing eradication. Of course, this will require further development time, and puts distance between the game and its release date.
This was not an isolated incident, either. A similar statement was released by Airship Syndicate concerning their game Battle Chasers: Night War. Their Kickstarter update from Sep. 21 indicates they were also waiting for Unity 5.6 before development could continue. Airship Syndicate currently has no confirmed release date for Night War.
Unity 5.6, the update both Playtonic and Airship Syndicate were waiting for, is a massive upgrade to the existing engine. It boasts improved graphical performance, lighting improvements, Vulkan support, and much, much more. Ultimately, 5.6 should help Unity developers bring an improved technical and visual performance to their projects. But, because of this new version of the engine, we’ll have to bide our time until these games are ready for release.