Yooka-Laylee Gets HTC Vive VR Mod

Spiritual sequel to Banjo-Kazooie receives a mod to make it playable on the HTC vive

Nostalgia and retro gaming is a big deal in the videogaming community. As observed by the success of the recently discontinued NES Mini and the continued growth in the market for retro consoles and games. Recently released 3D platformer Yooka-Laylee aimed to plug into the appetite for nostalgia, and now nostalgia can be even closer than ever with a virtual reality (VR) mod.

Yooka-Laylee was created by Playtonic Games, a studio largely made up of former employees at Rare, the studio that created platforming classic Banjo-Kazooie for the Nintendo 64, and was largely intended to be a spiritual sequel to the N64 title that inspired it.

Yooka-Laylee has received largely mixed reviews from critics, but has developed enough of an enthusiastic fan following to inspire the creations of several PC mods, including one created by HTV Vive modder Eusth that enables the title to be played on a HTC Vive headset.

The mod does not put the player in a first-person perspective, however, it remains in third-person and puts the player in a position of hovering above the action whilst controlling the characters with a traditional controller pad.

The mod is free, but not officially supported by the developer, so some glitches and bugs might surface, and the optimisation for VR play may not be perfect, since Yooka-Laylee was not designed explicitly with VR in mind.

The mod files can be found on GitHub, along with a full list of necessary instructions. Yooka-Laylee is available through Steam for £34.99 (GBP). A video trailer for the VR mod can be viewed below.

VRFocus will bring you further information on VR game mods when it comes in.

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