2017 felt a lot like the year of the 3D platformer. It was certainly a resurgence for a genre that for years prior found itself stranded in a desert. The year saw the releases of AAA hits Super Mario Odyssey and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, as well as indie platformers A Hat in Time, Snake Pass, and Yooka-Laylee to name only three. Microsoft even got in the game by making Super Lucky’s Tale the poster child for the Xbox One X, and releasing Voodoo Vince Remastered.
All of a sudden 3D platformers went from being on life support to thriving. Even the future is a little brighter, with Spyro: Reignited Trilogy coming later this year. But beyond that, there’s not much for fans of the genre to sink their teeth into. Other than Spyro, the AAA space seems to have lost its interest in 3D platformers once again. The only other confirmed 2018 releases in the genre are the Kickstarter-funded Funk Unplugged and Happy Hell, and the little-known Flynn & Freckles from Spanish developer Rookie Hero Games.
While the future is a little brighter than the past, the genre still feels like it’s on shaky ground.