It was exciting to read that one little bit of info from this article about how Gavin Price said that the game is about to enter certification. That sounds like they're basically done and just need to get bugs fixed and approval from the various console makers. Since they're having physical releases as well though, I wonder how long it will take for the discs and cartridges to be made and shipped...
A lot of people will probably ignore Playtonics advice/warning that this game and their future games are not intended to be marketed as spiritual successors the way Yooka Laylee was, but I think it's an important thing to keep in mind. There's nothing wrong with noting the similarities between the games (A whole bunch of the same people worked on both this and the classic DKC games), but at the same time, if people go overboard and assume/expect this game to literally be exactly like one of the old DKC games but in a modern coat of paint (spiritual successor?) or they expect it to be exactly what the next official DKC game after Tropical Freeze is hypothetically expected to be, they could be setting themselves up for disappointment. There are going to be some differences between the two even if they also have a lot in common, and that's a good thing. It's important that there be differences between this new game and the previous DKC games. If it was going to be exactly the same as the old DKC games, then Playtonic may as well have tried to get permission from Nintendo to just do a remastering of DKC 1-3.
If they make it function exactly like the old DKC games, people will criticize them for ripping off those games. If they make it function differently from the old DKC games in some ways, people will criticize them for not making the game more like the DKC games.
The same sort of thing happens with a lot of games, but it seems Playtonic gets an unusually high amount of this catch-22 criticism.
I like what I've seen so far and think they've made the right choice to continue making the kind of games they want to make, past influences included, but without trying to market it by leaning on the past games they made that it might be influenced by.