Upcoming video game releases: ‘Yooka-Laylee,’ ‘Cosmic Star Heroine’

San Francisco, April 10, 2017 — Vibrant franchise homage Yooka-Laylee, galaxy-crossing retro-style adventure Cosmic Star Heroine, and a special edition of wistful farming sim Stardew Valley launch the week of April 11; further ahead, a Guardians of the Galaxy adaptation and a return to classic point & click Full Throttle appear on the horizon.

Play it on PS4, XBO, WinPC, Mac OS X, Linux
From April 11

Its studio formed by ex-employees from the developer that produced five games in the iconic platform-hopping Banjo-Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee promises plenty of things to see, do, and collect, while helping someone else in need or just roaming about its textured world. Initial pre-release reviews tended to either love or dislike the game for similar reasons relating to its late 90s, early 2000s throwback nature.

Stardew Valley: Collector’s Edition
Play it on PS4, XBO
From April 11

A farming simulation, village simulation, rural life simulation crossover from a one-person studio that then became a wildfire success upon its February 2016 debut as a computer game and then later in the year on console, both times a digital download. Now at retail with a guidebook, poster, and soundtrack included.

Cosmic Star Heroine
Play it on PS4, WinPC, Mac, Lin
From April 11

Save the galaxy as a rogue secret agent across three planets populated by aliens, robots, ghosts, and secrets. Zeboyd Games’ pedigree includes Breath of Death VII and Cthulu Saves the World, making this one to look out for.

Full Throttle Remastered
Play it on PS4, WinPC, Mac, Lin, PlayStation Vita
From April 18

Classic LucasArts adventure featuring Ben, the leader of a biker gang, as he wakes to discover that his crew has been waylaid by a scheming corporate executive and is being pinned with murdering the founder of the country’s last remaining motorcycle company. Controls, sound, and graphics have been updated. Includes a developer’s commentary.

Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series
Play it on Android, iOS, PS4, XBO, WinPC
From April 18

Following the graphical style of the original comic books, as Telltale’s superb The Walking Dead did (perhaps excusing a move away from using the film’s A-list voice talent,) the Guardians go after a powerful artefact, compelled by individual motivations, intent on defending it from purple supervillain Thanos.