- Oct 14, 2010
Ok ok. We've also had the recent Yooka-Laylee like I mentioned. Plus the remasters of Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon are proof that the genre is still pretty popular.
But really it's a matter of degrees. If you compare the state of 3D platformers now to their heyday it's not close. At one point they dominated the industry and now you can basically point to one legacy series that has retained its popularity (Mario) and a few other examples. Most of which are remasters of decades old games. That doesn't disqualify them as entries into the genre but Mario + a few remakes isn't really an extensive lineup of titles. You could throw Astro Bot into the mix, perhaps. IDK how well it did.
So yeah, the genre isn't strictly speaking dead but it is kind of limping along. Doing better than in the 7th generation but nothing compared to the 5th & 6th generation heyday. Like many other waning genre's it's life is basically tied to the indie scene atm.