So why did the 3D platformer fade away in recent times? Was it due to lack of consumer demand, or the industry decided to shy away from them?
3D platformers ruled the world once, and now its time for them to make a comeback
Yeah, the world needs Crash Bandicoot 4 and Jak 4 now!
Wasn't "Lost Frontier" considered Jak 4?
@deathtok: It's more like a spin off. The game was released originally for PSP and then a port came for PS2, in 2009, would be better for PS3 in this year.
@Ratchet8 LOL thanks. I played the first 3 games but never got around to that one.
Do you think Sony could acquire Croc and make a new one? Legend of Kay and a new Ratchet & Clank it's coming, maybe Lobodestroyo too. 3D platformers and mascots are gaming itself.
The game needs to be good and knock it outta the park. And set yet another example why this genre deserves a comeback.
* True. Most gamers never stopped like the games from the 90's, the developers just stopped making them. 3D platformers never even got to really fully evolve, as they were abandoned. 2D sprite games were abandoned. RPGs were abandoned RTS games were abandoned Various types of strategy games were abandoned for a while as well. Most never stopped like those. The developers and publishers decided they would rather make money than make good games and we see where we are now. Things are finally starting to come around, but it's taking a lot of kicking and screaming to get something noticed, when it should have just required a simple and honest conversation. We weren't being listened to. We are now, because......money.
I'm hoping this opens the eyes to the AAA developers and studios to support 3D platformers like they did back in the PS2 Era. I want ape escape, Jak and dexter, croc, tomba etc. to fill this generation up and set a different mood to the industry. Let's hope we hear some new ip's that aim for that come E3.
I agree with you, but this article misses completely. Sony didn't need to wait for Playtonic to give them permission to keep making Ratchet & Clank or Sly Cooper games. Nintendo didn't need to wait for Playtonic to give them permission to keep making Mario, Kirby and DK games. The industry didn't tell us anything. Playtonic showed us that there is an appreciation of and high demand for the Rare of old.
I know I always wanted platformers to come back. Shooters are cookie cutters mostly, not too many with personality but platformers always had personality and today's visuals could make them look gorgeous (Yooka-Laylee is a perfect example)
It'll be nice to see classic 3D platformers make a return with this. They've been mostly absent last generation, and never on the scale of Banjo Kazooie/Tooie. That pre-Kickstarter hype did this game a lot of favors; they've utterly blasted through all their goals, and now all that's left is one final one and extra polishing funds after it. Really glad to see this doing so well.
I'm very excited about Playtonic! I played the Rare games starting on SNES. Their was this feeling back then that everything they touched was gold. I'm backing this Kickstarter for my console copy. Hoping that many others do too for a little bit of history repeating itself.
My hope is that Yooka-Laylee will start a wave of appreciation for games like it, Mario, Banjo and many others. You know, platformers that value their art direction, and their focus on fun, bright, creative worlds, more than pushing graphical realism or how mature they look. Heck, maybe games in other genres, like Splatoon, will also benefit from Yooka-Laylee's success, if it does indeed inspire more gamers to gives bright and colorful games a bigger chance. We have had quite a few colorful games in recent years, but they've almost all been overshadowed by stuff like Shadows of Mordor. (which is not to say those games are bad, least of all SoM) Let's hope Yooka-Laylee is the start of a break in the popularity of the over-emphasis of realistic, "mature" games, and a return to the days when color and creativity was what drove games to new heights.
Wise words monkeyman, wise words.
This is great news.
I miss Crash and Spyro the most. Hopefully this will encourage Activision to make action-adventure-platformers. Oh who am I kidding.
Can't expect a good platformer game coming from Activision indeed.
There's no reason why Activision can't hire a decent studio to work on new Crash and Spyro games that are faithful to the originals. They have all the money in the world, but it seems like they would rather do nothing with the IPs for some reason. Hopefully they sell the rights.
after what happened to sly cooper thieves in time, i can understand why they dont do it, which makes me laugh everytime i read a comment asking for crash bandicoot or jak and daxter
I sure hope they come back. Sony I hope you pay attention!
They've always payed attention to this: Ratchet and Clank, Tearaway, the recently Sly Cooper 4, and maybe Rhime. Sony just don't publish as many as opposed to in the past because most of the audience are way over 3d platformers . I don't blame them
"“I can have a guess. I think the trends just changed, and when there’s a product with triple-A production values, all publishers and big developers just want to take the risk out of that because they’re spending so much money, so they go with whatever is popular,” suggests Price. “It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, because when they see lots of shooters and more mature games selling well, they become scared of doing anything else. Just because they stopped making them, doesn’t mean that people don’t want to play [3D platformers], and we think there’s now a space for us to make as big as splash as possible.”" - Gavin Price
Anyone played Vexx? Very awesome yet underrated platformer.
N4G is a community of gamers posting and discussing the latest game news. It’s part of NewsBoiler, a network of social news sites covering today’s pop culture.