Galactic Girl is a placeholder name I've given her, mainly to avoid a spoiler-heavy title. Her real name has not been identified, which I find odd considering most NPCs, even minor ones like the trolleys in Moodymaze Marsh, have names in Yooka-Laylee. She is quite a significant character, all things considered...
- She looks completely different to all other characters in the game, being mostly human in appearance.
- She has automatic dialogue when you enter the expanded version of the world, asking you to find her.
- Her mission has one of the most extravagant cut-scenes in the game: a planet exploding and dropping its ring below, permanently changing the level's environment. Laylee also has an automatic voice line when approaching the detonation button; I don't recall many other challenges having a voice line triggered while still in control of Yooka, further making this challenge stand out -- it's quite 'cinematic'.
She is clearly different; special, even. Why no name? What's with the mystery? I believe she will star in an upcoming game and here's why...
Gavin Price (Playtonic) wrote:All the characters you meet, even NPCs in Yooka-Laylee, some of them are lined up to star in their own games in future. They're not necessarily always going to get on, and who's good, who's bad, might not be quite so clear cut.
She certainly has a dubious alignment. Is she good, or bad? Yooka isn't sure. I cannot think of a more fitting character than her to represent the whole grey area alignment thing referred to by Gavin in the quote above (source). The fact Gavin said this during the topic of Playtonic's future games gives weight to the hypothesis that she will feature in an upcoming game.
My feeling is that she is good at heart, but she's not going to have any remorse blowing the head off an enemy Blamphibian to get hold of a priceless artefact, nor regret keeping the whole truth from people she meets (e.g. Yooka and Laylee) in order to get what she wants.
After typing into the panel on her wrist, she was able to deactivate the force field, allowing Yooka to use the warp tunnel.
We also saw that she was able to weaken force fields from red to yellow when first meeting her.
She mentions a shield (to protect herself from the force fields); I imagine this works similar to Laylee's bubble shield, considering they both have the same effect.
- The red eye visor could host an array of abilities; e.g. seeing invisible objects, night vision etc.
- The panel on her wrist, used to deactivate the force field for Yooka, could also function in other ways; e.g. open spaceship doors, disable robotic enemies, activate her shield etc.
- The grenades(?) around her waist could work as explosives and smoke screens etc.
- Give her a laser gun, of course.
- She has a 'go-getter' attitude for adventuring and I expect general athleticism and agility related abilities to go with this.
The only heroes?
Maybe you will be recognising her on the box art in the near future, Laylee...
Hypothesis: Due to everything mentioned in this topic, I believe she will star in her own adventure game similar to Jet Force Gemini/Star Fox 64; a game slightly darker than Yooka-Laylee, but still child-friendly. The game would likely involve travelling to planets, carrying out missions, retrieving artefacts, and shooting Blamphibians and other alien creatures. Her dialogue also mentions 'stealing planets' and a Blamphibian 'secret weapon' which has potential to be expanded on in her game. I imagine more of a 'cinematic' experience than Yooka-Laylee delivers -- story-driven and mission-based with awesome cut-scenes happening in space and on alien worlds.
Alternatively, I could also see her piloting a small spaceship in a futuristic 'kart' racer, but I think her character is much better suited to an action/adventure game because of her great potential for many varied abilities.
Fun fact: Gavin Price's first job at Rare was QA testing Jet Force Gemini. Must hold a special place in his heart, wouldn't you say...
What do you think? Would you like to see this character star in her own game? Are there any other genres you can imagine this character in? Would you prefer a space adventure game over, say, a kart racer? Discuss!