Yes, although not being as popular as 3D AAA titles, 2D games still make up the majority of indie gaming space. Still numerous 2D games come out every year with interesting storylines on android and other platforms, and with the steam deck demanding 2d and 2.5D games that are not released on android are more accessible.
Playing 2D/2.5D games that have proper storylines are still very much enjoyable. They are easy to make and to experiment with for different ways of storytelling. If you know notice, different kinds of creative takes are being taken in this style of games. This kind of experimenting is sometimes hard in AAA titles.
Pixelated styled 2.5D games like Pokemon Leaf Green are one of my favourite style of games over traditional 2D games.
It has the feel of the open world element in the 2D world and makes the game’s plot more fun. Rise of the android gaming market making gaming more accessible on low end mobiles is also a good sign for 2D Indie gaming industry.
Pixelated 2.5D games have been trending in recent years. The Pokemon games have shifted and evolved from 2.5D to 3D gameplay over the years since Pokemon Leaf Green. I’m one of those who is a fan of the old pixelated graphics. No matter how unrealistic it seems it would have been great to have a option to choose between old school graphics.
Are 2D Games Dying?
No 2D Games are not dying. There is a growing demand for 2D/2.5D games and a standalone market because of rise of Indie gaming industry across all platforms.
Are 2D Games Better Than 3D Games?
Both of these have their own markets and demand, gameplay styles and the way of storytelling. 2D games are comparatively less demanding and easy to make then 3D AAA titles. In recent years 2D games have grown more popular than ever because of rise of Indie gaming industry.