Sonic Mania may have been a solid reminder that there's still an audience hungry for old-school, high-speed platforming, but let's not forget that tiny indie outfit GalaxyTrail got there first with their sleeper hit, Freedom Planet, which originally released to little fanfare but eventually became a multi-platform hit.
While Freedom Planet 2 won't be ready in time for 2017, GalaxyTrail have at least been kind enough to end the year with a bundle of blazing fast gameplay footage, plus an updated demo, allowing you to sample a lengthy and explorable level as all four playable characters.
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It would be short-sighted to call Freedom Planet 2 a mere Sonic clone. Just from the footage you can see above, it's easy to see that it draws inspiration from other platformer studios, such as Konami's more combat-heavy Rocket Knight series, and there's more than a dash of Treasure inspiration there, with nods to Gunstar Heroes in a lot of its boss designs. But Sonic is clearly a key design touchstone, as you can see from the spring-boosting, loop-de-looping breakneck movement speed.