Games of 2017: Platformers

By Kotaku on at

Another day, another list. The lists will never stop! Yesterday we gathered together all the shooters that have been announced for 2017, today it’s all the platformers. So if you like to relax with a hop, skip and a jump, have a look at what this year has in store.




Release date: 2017 | Developer: Studio MDHR | Platform: PC/XB1

Styled after the golden age of animation, Cuphead is one of the best looking platformers we’ve ever seen. Revealed years ago, this year we should finally see it come out.


Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Vicarious Visions | Publisher: Activision | Platform: PS4

A remake of the first three Crash Bandicoot games. It’s more Crash Bandicoot than anyone could want.



Release date: 2017 | Developer: Zoink Today | Publisher: EA | Platform: PC/PS4/XB1

EA follows up Unravel with another stylish platformer, this time putting you in control of a fox-like creature.


Super Rude Bear Resurrection

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Alex Rose | Platform: PC/PS4/XB1

A platformer that gets easier the more you die. Your bodies from previous playthroughs are left behind, corking spikes, filling pits, and blocking in enemies.


Gravity Rush 2

Release date: January 20th | Developer: SIE Japan Studio | Publisher: Sony | Platform: PS4

A game where you can make any direction down, in Gravity Rush you don’t so much jump obstacles as fall past them - with style.



Release date: April 11th | Developer: Playtonic Games | Publisher: Team17 | Platform: PC, PS4, XB1, Switch

From the makers of Banjo-Kazooie comes a game steeped in nostalgia for N64 era platformers.

You can read more about it in Jules’ preview .



Release date: 2017 | Developer: WeTheForce Studios | Platform: PC, PS4

Play a powerful telepath called Randall who can control every character on-screen, manipulating the crowds to jump and fight through a maze of industrial levels.


A Hat in Time

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Gears For Breakfast | Platform: PC

A delightfully colourful 3D platformer in the vein of Crash Bandicoot and Spyro.


Katana Zero

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Askiisoft | Platform: PC

A side-scrolling, Strider-channeling platformer where you will slash, dash, and leap past your enemies. There’s even some time manipulation thrown in for good measure.



Release date: 2017 | Developer: Tribute Games | Platform: PC

You play Flinthook, a hooded intruder leaping through the underbelly of a pirate ship using your grappling hook to navigate past all the traps. It looks ace.


Freedom Planet 2

Release date: Mid-2017 | Developer: GalaxyTrail | Platform: TBA

It’s basically Sega Saturn-era Sonic but you play a green cat instead of a blue hedgehog. The original was a great Wii U game, and this sequel looks like it’s building on that foundation in the right way.


Attack of the Mutant Fishcrows

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Wild Logic Games| Platform: PC

Your medieval world is under attack from mutant fish crows. Flee!


The Siege and the Sandfox

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Cardboard Sword | Publisher: Chucklefish | Platform: TBA

Play a thief falsely accused of a king’s murder and escape the palace dungeon to reveal what really happened before the city falls.


Voodoo Vince Remastered

Release date: Early 2017 | Developer: Beep Games | Publisher: Microsoft | Platform: PC, XB1

Originally released way back in 2003, this is a remastered version of the game that has you control a voodoo doll making its way through the magical underbelly of New Orleans.


Dead Cells

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Motion Twin | Platform: PC

Fight through a haunted, demon-infested castle as a possessed corpse. Drawing from Rogue Legacy and the Castlevania games, Dead Cells certainly looks the part.



Release date: February 7th | Developer: Splashteam | Publisher: The Sidekicks, Plug in Digital | Platform: PC

Use a splatter cannon to cover the walls of the Inkcorp paint factory in different colours of superpowered paint – I wonder if there’s a Portal 2 shade. Each colour bestows a different quality for you to exploit: bounciness, stickiness, and so on.


Sonic Mania

Release date: Q2 2017 | Developer: Headcannon, PagodaWest Games | Publisher: Sega | Platform: PC, PS4, XB1

Mania sees Sega return to the 2D side-scrolling style of Sonic game. The game will even feature remixed versions of the early Sonic levels, like Green Hill Zone, because Sega hasn’t done enough of that over the years.


Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Grip Digital, Right Nice | Platform: PC, PS4, XB1

A 3D platformer where you explore an island filled with enemies and challenges, in search of gadgets that let you explore further than before.


Project Sonic 2017

Release date: Late 2017 | Developer: Sonic Team | Publisher: Sega | Platform: PC, PS4, XB1, Switch

A new Sonic game from the Sonic Team. Different to Sonic Mania, this platformer will see classic Sonic and modern Sonic teaming up to fight off giant robots as part of a resistance movement. Will this be the year Sonic Team finally crack the 3D platformer? Or just another year.


Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World

Release date: February 3rd | Developer: Good-Feel | Publisher: Nintendo | Platform: 3DS

A port of last year’s adorable Wii U platformer, the 3DS version brings with it new designs for Woolly Yoshi and a new set of levels.


Oddworld Soulstorm

Release date: Late 2017 | Developer: Oddworld, Frima Studio | Platform: TBA

A new game in the Oddworld series, Soulstorm picks up directly after the close of the first game. Abe is now leading an exodus of 300 Mudokons across a lonely desert. Freedom sucks.


Throughout January we're going to be posting lists of games coming out in 2017, to keep on top of them all you can find them collected here.