Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair has been announced earlier this year and now we have the exact release date - 8 October 2019. The game will feature the series' hallmark game-changing tonics as well as 2D, 2.5D and 3D sections.
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair will continue the platforming adventures of the eponymous chameleon and bat as they attempt to stop the mind domination plans of their arch-nemesis, Queen Phoebee. Bee puns don't stop and the queen though - she has her own royal Beetallion and the main underling called Capital B.
The gameplay-changing tonic will return and players will be able to change them as they see fit. Then again, they have many other uses.
Aside from being able to change the rules, like adding checkpoints or removing them, tonics can be used to alter visuals with some wonky customisations that will make the game look like it's being played on older, pixel-happy systems. One filter even makes the game mimic an old TV screen on your display.
Since this is the age of character customisation, Playtonic Games didn't miss out on the opportunity to add tonics for that as well. Therefore, the protagonists can become as black as night which could give Laylee and impression they need to protect Gotham. You can check more of the colour palettes available via tonics on the trailer above.
Tonics can also be used to give the characters faster swim, run or climbing speed which should provide more ways to play the game itself. PlayStation Blog also mentions using tonic combinations can result in the removal of Yooka's tail and more humanoid physique.
Team 17 revealed 8 October 2019 to be the release date and the price seems to be set at half the AAA rate. It will be $29.99 / €29.99 / £24.99 depending on where you live.
PC requirements are rather low, with GTX 650 and an Intel i5 CPU with 3.3GHz listed in the minimum specs, along with 8GB RAM and 6GB of storage space.