The much anticipated Crash Bandicoot N. Sane trilogy will be released this summer on June 30, as announced by Activision.
The game was remastered in celebration of its 20 year anniversary in September of last year. Back in October, a February 28, 2017, release date appeared on the game's list page for two international retailers: Finnish retailer VPD.fi and Brazilian retailer Zilliongames. It looks like it was just a placeholder date, since the only verified time frame for release before Activision's announcement was "2017" when the game was originally announced at E3 last summer.
The trilogy will contain Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped. It will be released for $39.99 on PlayStation 4 and you can pre-order the game now at many retailers.
The Remaster Features revival was something they had been thinking about and "never off the table." Finally, in 2016, the remaster was announced at E3.
- Redone lighting
- Redone animations
- Recreated cinematics with new graphics and sound
- Remastered soundtrack
- Unified checkpoints
- Manual and automatic saving
- Pause menus
- Improved bonus levels and time trials
- Full analog stick support
- Support for 4K and the new PlayStation 4 Pro.
Vicarious Visions worked on the game for the remaster. They also did the Skylanders Imaginators, which came out last year and featured a cameo by Crash Bandicoot. Crash Bandicoot spoke in-game for the first time in Skylanders Academy, which was a little jarring for some.
The game has been on everyone's minds for a while. In 2011, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg said he would love to bring back Crash Bandicoot if he could. The following year, co-creators Andy Gavin and Jason Rubin separately expressed their desire to see the series again, with Gavin wanting to see a 4K version of the game and Rubin hoping Activision would bring back the series.
Gavin also suggested a reboot in 2013. In 2014 Sony CEO Andrew House mentioned that a Crash Bandicoot revival was somehting they had been thinking about and "never off the table." Finally, in 2016, the remaster was announced at E3.
Crash Bandicoot has always been a much-loved character and series. Personally it's always been one of my favorites, and has a special place in my heart for being one of the first games I remember playing when my family got the original PlayStation (the other was Spyro, also a great classic).
The fact that it just celebrated its 20th anniversary is not lost on me (thanks for making me feel old, Crash), and it's good to see that the game still has such a following. Hopefully the remaster is gauging interest in the series, as many would no doubt love to see new games for Crash Bandicoot come out.
Will you be getting the remastered Crash Bandicoot trilogy?