Team17 announce that pinball platformer, Yoku’s Island Express, will be released on PC and console next month.
Independent games publisher, Team17, has announced a May release date for Villa Gorilla’s promising new platformer,Yoku’s Island Express. The game will be available from May 29. 2018 on PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One.
Yoku’s Island Express offers an intriguing mix of platforming, pinball, and open world exploration. And its star is a dung beetle postmaster, so there’s also that. The titular Yoku has to embark on quest to rebuild a dilapidated post-office on the island of Mokumana, and raise an old god from its slumber. All in a day’s work, then.
To mark the game’s launch, a new developer diary has been released on YouTube which looks at the game’s creation, and its inventive platforming mechanics.
Stockholm-based developer Villa Gorilla are led by industry veterans Jens Andersson and Mattias Snygg, who between them have worked at Starbreeze, Lucasarts, and Collecting Smiles on titles including The Darkness, Chronicles of Riddick, and Syndicate.
Last month, when Villa Gorilla signed the publishing deal with Team17, Andersson said:
“With Team17 we’ve found a publishing partner that cherishes innovation and style – something we recognized way back when we played Alien Breed on our Amigas. We feel that their commitment to quality and fun gameplay is a perfect match for us, and we are incredibly excited to be working with Debbie and the team to finish and release Yoku’s Island Express.”
Team17 CEO, Debbie Bestwick MBE, added:
“Yoku’s Island Express has such a beautiful, distinct style with a unique twist on the platform genre. It’s a true gem, we’re looking forward to working with the very talented Villa Gorilla and welcome them to our growing games label family.”
Yoku’s Island Express will be released on May 29, 2018 on PC and console, priced at £15.99/€19,99/$19.99.
More from Thumbsticks
- Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap gets EU/AUS/NZ physical release
- Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass announced
- Hellblade dev donating $25,000 to mental health charity
A note from the Thumbsticks editorial team
If you like what we do, then please consider supporting us via Patreon or buying us a coffee. Every penny we earn is poured back into the site, into giving new and aspiring writers an opportunity, and into bringing you more quality content to enjoy. And if you are an aspiring new writer, read this.