Top Upcoming Platformers of 2017

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Platformer type video games have continued to inspire and bring gamers in awe. These fun titles have players traversing through a series obstacles, leaping over pits, and reaching to new heights.

There have been a variety of platformers that really shined through the years with some of the classics being Mario and Donkey Kong. As we move into the upcoming year, we opted to take a look at some of our most anticipated platformers that will be releasing in 2017.

Take a look at our list of our picks for the top upcoming platformers of 2017 and let us know some of your most anticipated upcoming platformer releases by leaving a comment down below.

Cuphead

Developer: Studio MDHR
Publisher: Studio MDHR
Platforms: PC, XB1
Release Date: TBA 2017

Cuphead is an upcoming run and gun style platformer by development team Studio MDHR. The story revolves around a character known as Cuphead who loses a bet against the devil and in order to repay that debt, he must take out a series of bosses.

Really, Cuphead is gaining all kinds of attention online simply due to its design. Studio MDHR has developed Cuphead in order to look similar to a 1930s cartoon. The visuals look incredible and the gameplay seems relatively smooth though we won’t know until it releases at some point in 2017.


Yooka-Laylee

Developer: Playtonic Games
Publisher: Team17
Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1, Wii U
Release Date: TBA 2017

Development team Playtonic Games contains several former key staff members from studio Rare. As such, the team has opted to make a spiritual successor to one of their previous successful titles, Banjo-Kazooie. Releasing at some point during the first quarter of 2017 is Yooka-Laylee.

Much like Banjo-Kazooie, there will be plenty of items to collect during your platform adventure. Furthermore, similar to Banjo-Kazooie, there will be two main characters who must stop the evil Dr. Quak from stealing all the world literature and selling it for profit.


A Hat in Time

Developer: Gears for Breakfast
Publisher: Gears for Breakfast
Platforms: PC
Release Date: TBA 2017

Developers Gears for Breakfast is working at a platformer that resembles some of the more beloved platform titles released for the Nintendo 64. The upcoming release, A Hat in Time, will play out similarly to Super Mario 64 and Banjo-Kazooie, as there is a heavy emphasis on collecting missing pieces scattered through the game world.

In the overall story, players will take on the role of a young girl named Hat Kid. Hat Kid has the ability to interstellar travel, though during her way home she is intercepted by a Mafia group under control of the evil Mustache Girl.

Stranded, Hat Kid must collect her missing “time pieces” that have been scattered throughout the world before she is able to refuel her ship, but she will be racing against the clock as Mustache Girl and her goons are collecting them as well.


Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island

Developer: Right Nice Games, Grip Digital
Publisher: Grip Digital
Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
Release Date: Q1 2017

Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island is an upcoming release that resembles past video game titles such as Ratchet & Clank. In this upcoming platformer, players take on the role of Skylar, our protagonist that was first kidnapped by the evil CRT and given a powerful mechanical arm with augmentations.

Escaping the clutches of the evil CRT, Skylar teams up with a talkative sidekick, Plux, and sets off to be the islands heroine. Players will battle against the evil CRT in hopes to rid his control over their home of Clover Island.


Sonic Mania

Developer: Headcannon, PagodaWest Games
Publisher: Sega
Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
Release Date: Q2 2017

Sonic the Hedgehog is a staple video game character. Decades have passed and to this day, there are still new Sonic games being pumped out. While some of the more recent releases haven’t fetched the same fame and glory for Sega as the initial releases, there is one title that is really becoming hyped up.

Sonic Mania is an upcoming side-scrolling platformer that fans of the original Sonic the Hedgehog titles are eager to get their hands on. This upcoming title will return to the original gameplay and visual art styles.


Project Sonic 2017

Developer: Sonic Team
Publisher: Sega
Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: Q4 2017

Not too much has been revealed for Project Sonic 2017, though we do know that it will be similar to the previous release, Sonic Generations. Players will see gameplay that will contain variants of the classic releases of Sonic along with gameplay from more modern Sonic releases.

We’ll likely know more about Project Sonic 2017 as we approach its slated launch window of the fourth quarter of 2017.


Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom

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Developer: Game Atelier
Publisher: FDG Entertainment|
Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: TBA 2017

From developer Game Atelier, Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is an upcoming release that was influenced by the 1989 release, Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap.

Player’s will be taking the role of a boy named Jin who is tasked with stopping his crazy Uncle Nabu from using magic to spread chaos throughout the world. Set in a more open-world side-scrolling platformer, players must battle a variety of enemies and solve puzzles.

One of the interesting aspects that players will have at their disposal is the ability to transform into six different animals. These animals will have their own different unique abilities to use throughout the game.


Crash Bandicoot Remastered Collection

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Developer: Vicarious Visions
Publisher: Activision
Platforms: PS4
Release Date: TBA 2017

You’re likely fully aware of the video game franchise Crash Bandicoot, which got its start on the original Sony PlayStation. Now, decades later, the video game franchise is receiving a proper remastered collection.

Releasing exclusively on the PlayStation 4, Crash Bandicoot Remastered Collection will include Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and lastly, Crash Bandicoot: Warped.


Little Nightmares

Developer: Tarsier Studios
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
Release Date: TBA 2017

Little Nightmares is currently in development by Tarsier Studios which is slated to launch for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

What we know so far is that players will be taking on the role of a young girl named Six who had been kidnapped from her home and forced to work at a place known as The Maw, an underwater resort.

The resort caters to the powerful elite, forcing Six to serve their needs. One day, Six is presented with a way back to freedom, though during her journey out of the unpredictable world of The Maw, Six catches the glimpse of the corruption of modern happiness.