Responding to one fan in a Reddit AMA, Playtonic’s Steve Mayles recently revealed that initially he didn’t think of Yooka and Laylee as a Chameleon and Bat. Instead he wanted to have a tiger in the game. The team also considered a witch and a broom with eyes.
Here’s the full comment by Mayles:
My initial idea was a tiger as they are great-looking animals, but he never got past the sketch phase. He was deemed a bit too much of a ‘hero’ when all of my past characters were more like underdogs. We even tried a witch and a broom with eyes at one point!