Activision has set tongues wagging over a possible new Crash Bandicoot PS4 game set to be announced at E3 next week.
The publishing powerhouse is keeping details close its chest right now, but it did plant the seeds with a cryptic tease, stating fans should “keep [their] eyes peeled for a special Crash announcement during E3!”
We already know that the developer behind the forthcoming Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy, Vicarious Visions, has suggested that further Crash Bandicoot PS4 remakes could be on the horizon, and namechecked the fan-favorite Crash Team Racing as a possible candidate. However, it’s also expressed hope of a brand new instalment for the crate-bashing marsupial, so anything is possible at this point.
Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy is due to ship exclusively for the PS4 on June 30, 2017. The bundle includes remakes of the first three titles in the franchise, namely Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped. In addition to the obvious improvements in visuals, the games also boast enhanced sound effects and a unified checkpoint/save system.
The original Crash games were developed by Naughty Dog during the mid-late 90s, who went on to produce the critically acclaimed Uncharted franchise. During this time Crash was often cited as the unofficial mascot for PlayStation, with the series essentially serving as Sony’s answer to Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog. When the PS2 arrived however, Crash spin-jumped his way to multiplatform status and was tossed between various developers during this time, with his latest major outing to date coming in 2008.
While Vicarious Visions has been given the task of overhauling Crash’s iconic 90s platformers, the studio has confirmed that it has Naughty Dog’s blessings, who have given the team the big thumbs up for handling the original trilogy remasters.