Top Upcoming Platformers of 2018


The best platformer video games launching in 2018.

Note: Article was updated in March of 2018.

2018 is quickly approaching and with it will come a slew of new video game titles to look forward to playing. With that said, now’s a good time to start marking down what video games to keep an eye on when they officially launch next year. Let us lend a hand, in this list, in particular, we’re going over the top platformer video games launching in 2018.

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Psychonauts 2

  • Developer: Double Fine Productions
  • Publisher: Starbreeze Studios
  • Platforms; PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2018

If you’re familiar with Double Fine Productions and director, Time Schafer, then you’ve likely either played or fully aware of Psychonauts. The video game released back in 2005 and after years of a growing base of fans, Psychonauts 2 was finally kicked into development.

This will continue on with the gameplay mechanics of the first title so players can expect a third-person platform title controlling the protagonist Raz.

The last time we saw Raz, players were able to control the character and progress through the different levels by simple basic movement abilities such as running and jumping. However, the game added in a variety of psychic powers to help levitate objects or use telekinesis to reach new heights or gather items.

The narrative will follow the events of Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin which is a first-person VR video game released earlier this year. In fact, the video game was released in order to bridge the events from the first title and the upcoming sequel next year.

Yoshi (Untitled Game)

  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: 2018

There’s not much we can say at this point when it comes to the untitled Yoshi game. The series is well beloved by gamers of old and new with the character featured in a number of his own video games throughout the years.

So far, all we know is that Yoshi will be back into action in a new platforming title exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. Visually, the video game looks to take some cues from the Paper Mario franchise but instead is focused on more construction-grade paper. For now, we’ll simply have to wait and see just what Nintendo has in-store

The Last Night

  • Developer: Odd Tales
  • Publisher: Raw Fury
  • Platforms: PC, XBO
  • Release: 2018

The Last Night is an upcoming indie platform video game by developers Odd Tales. In this video game, players are taken into a futuristic world where our protagonist, Charlie, is a man who lives within a lower-class system. Most of the menial work has been taken up by robots leaving Charlie to explore the city, talk with other civilians, and of course, get into some gunfights.

Originally, the video game was featured in a game jam which the title came out on top, leading the developers to continue on with the development for a full video game title release for the Xbox One and PC platforms.

We’re hoping more information and gameplay is shown off during this upcoming E3 expo, but for now we only have the announcement trailer for the game posted above.

Super Meat Boy Forever

  • Developer: Team Meat
  • Publisher: Team Meat
  • Platforms: NS, PS4, XBO, PC, Mobo
  • Release: 2018

It would be hard to imagine running into a gamer who hasn’t played or at the very least, heard of Super Meat Boy. The video game was a massive success and a highly addicting and challenging platform title by indie developers Team Meat.

What was originally meant to be a mobile-only version of Super Meat Boy has gradually turned into a full-fledged sequel. Super Meat Boy Forever will once again have players going through dangerous obstacles, but this time, Meat Boy and Bandage Girl must work together.

In the narrative, Super Meat Boy Forever tells the story of Dr. Fetus who has managed to kidnap Meat Boy and Bandage Girl’s child, Nugget. While the platforming mechanics are present, there are some slight gameplay mechanic overhauls made for the upcoming sequel as well.

Gamers can punch and kick various enemies that come your way while forcing players to make precise jumps.

Kirby Star Allies

  • Developers: HAL Laboratory
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: March 16, 2018

Much like our Yoshi pick in this list, Kirby is another fan-beloved character from Nintendo who has starred in his own video game titles for a number of years now. The Nintendo Switch will soon have its own Kirby video game title in 2018 with Kirby Star Allies.

Gameplay is played as a side scrolling perspective where gamers will control the titular protagonist Kirby. Much like previous installments, players will have to jump and time out attacks when reaching new areas or gathering items. However, Kirby won’t have to do it completely on his own this time around.

Nintendo has revealed that there will be up to three companions available to go alongside Kirby on his journey. As such, the game can be enjoyed alone with AI companions or through cooperative multiplayer.

Freedom Planet 2

  • Developer: GalaxyTrail
  • Publisher: GalaxyTrail
  • Platforms: TBA
  • Release: Delayed 2019

If you enjoyed the video game franchise Sonic The Hedgehog then Freedom Planet is a must-play. The video game first started out as a Sonic fan-made video game title but gradually became its own entity. Upon its launch, the video game was a huge success with fans leaving developers to continue on with the IP by delivering a sequel.

No official details on the sequel have been revealed quite yet for Freedom Planet 2. Instead, the video game was simply noted to be in-development with GalaxyTrail working on the game with the Unity development engine while also tweaking the general art style.

Mega Man 11

  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Platforms: PC, NS, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2018

We’re still looking at scarce information when it comes to Mega Man 11, but it looks like the long-beloved Mega Man franchise will receive a new main installment late 2018. There is certainly a strong following with the franchise and we know that this eleventh installment will feature 3D characters and environments and not a 2.5D video game.

From the announcement trailer, it looks like the same game mechanics are gameplay are present that the series is known for. Players will be controlling the protagonist as he progresses in a side scrolling platformer.

However, for now, we’ll have to wait and see just what the narrative will hold when it comes to the game. Likewise, with the title already claiming to not release until late 2018, this very well could be a game that will be delayed until next year, 2019 though we’re crossing our fingers that doesn’t end up being the case.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

  • Developer: ArtPlay, DICO
  • Publisher: 505 Games
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, PSV, Switch, XBO
  • Release: 2018

Led by former Castlevania series producer, Koji Igarashi, comes the upcoming action-adventure game Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. The video game is in the style of Metroidvania as you explore, craft new weapons, and of course, find new armor.

The video game will follow an orphan named Miriam who has been cursed by an alchemist which is slowly turning her skin into crystal. In order to stop the curse, she must explore a castle to find the summoner of this curse, Gebel, who as it turns out had suffered the same condition.

Luckily, the video game is coming out for a number of different platforms so you should have no trouble getting the chance to enjoy the video game once it launches.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

  • Developer: Vicarious Visions
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Platforms: PS4, PC, NS, XBO
  • Release: July 10, 2018 (PC, NS, XBO), June 30, 2017 (PS4)

While already released for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch is just one of the platforms slated to receive Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy on July 10, 2018. The video game is a remastered collection of the first three titles of the Crash Bandicoot series.

Players will receive a remaster of Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped. This will be a port of the PlayStation 4 release which had received positive reviews from both critics and fans alike.

Likewise, this will be a great opportunity for newcomers to enjoy a classic series but with current generation graphics as the Crash Bandicoot franchise has always been an iconic series.

Little Nightmares

  • Developer: Tarsier Studios
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, NS
  • Release: May 18, 2018 (NS)

During Nintendo’s March 2018 Nintendo Direct videos, it was unveiled that Little Nightmares would find its way on to the Nintendo Switch. Originally the game launched on current generation platforms last year, 2017.

Little Nightmares follows a little girl name Six who must solve a number of puzzles and stealthily maneuver around the platform levels from hungry large humans who wish to devour her. The game is often described as creepy, but since its release, Little Nightmares has received positive reviews from both fans and critics alike.

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