Due to the tremendous success of Yooka Laylee’s Kickstarter campaign, Playtonic Games are well and truly set to begin the development of their first 3D platformer. Although they have had the good fortune to have worked on some of the industry’s most popular titles in its history, experience does not always equal success. Like with any video game, it takes a carefully blended mixture of ideas and mechanics to craft something that will be considered the epitome of video game development. This is especially true if you are claiming to develop a ‘spiritual successor’. A game with this label carries forward some of the more successful elements from a previous franchise, but with none of the copyrighted assets from the established universe.

With this is mind, here are five essentials ingredients that Playtonic will almost certainly have to include to make Yooka Laylee a success.