PLATFORMERS AND METROIDVANIAS OF 2018
Q4 2018 | Magic Design Studios | Link
Based loosely on the ancient novel Journey to the West, this side-scrolling adventure comes courtesy of a team of former Ubisoft developers (including Prince of Persia, Assassin’s Creed, and Rayman alumni), and boy does it show. The artwork stands shoulder to shoulder with the lush backgrounds of Ori and the Blind Forest, and the animation seems reminiscient of Ubisoft’s own Rayman Legends. Up to four players can join in local co-op martial art combat against tons of enemies inspired by Chinese legend.
Super Meat Boy Forever
2018 | Team Meat | Link
A proper sequel to hard-as-nails platformer Super Meat Boy is coming next year. This time you can punch, kick and powerslide through levels that get increasingly difficult with each replay—hence the ‘forever’ part of the name. The trailer is for the Switch version, where SMBF will debut before coming to PC.
2018 | Oddworld Inhabitants, Frima Studio, Fat Kraken Studios | Link
A "reimagining" of Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus, following in the footsteps of 2014's Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty. Creator Lorne Lanning and co. are planning to tell a significantly different, darker story this time around "inspired by our original tale," and you can expect Oddworld's themes of environmentalism and corporate evil to feel particularly biting in 2018. Also in the planning: "Intelligent new mechanics, twisted new devices enabling highly explosive deviousness" and "a big visual and cinematic leap aiming to break new ground for Oddworld."
Q3 2018 | David Stanley | Link
Adventurers are the worst—basically criminals, really. Always breaking into dungeons. As Skelly the enchanted skeleton, you have to defend your dungeon from invading heroes using weapons, magic, traps and a little help from your dungeon-dwelling pals. You can take the action platformer for a spin right now, as there’s a demo.