They should have made something new instead, YL are mediocre characters in a mediocre Universum. With new characters and a new 3D platform game in a new gameplaystyle could be something to look forward to.
Couldn't the same be said about Banjo Kazooie then? Since Yooka Laylee is pretty much a BK game reskinned lol. Besides, they've already given them a new playstyle with Impossible Layer being a 2D platformer akin to Donkey Kong Country. The way I see it they've got proper financial backing now, so a new Yooka Laylee won't have to take shortcuts and whatnot like the original which was crowdfunded.
Banjo Kazooie are iconic duo, flawlessly designed. And the first game had an incredible set of worlds to explore and hilarious characters to meet. I'm overall happy that they're giving it another shot in 3D, but I don't think Yoka/Laylee are very good from a design or gameplay standpoint. The gameplay part can be ironed out but design wise they're certainly no match for the original characters they take inspiration from. Wouldve liked a new set of characters but fully see why they're continue to build YK brand. If they fix the feel of the characters movement, the decent but meh design won't get in the way of my enjoyment.