Last time we checked, the new edition of Crash Bandicoot was dominating EU and North American Playstation store charts in July, and it has been an all-around more successful game than even Activision expected.
In a recent talk, Activision’s CEO Eric Hirshberg said that Crash had surpassed all of their expectations by a wide margin. At first they were not sure whether the calls for the remake were coming from a small, but vocal minority or there was a critical mass of players who really wanted it. Turns out it was the latter.
One of the most exciting consequences of Crash Bandicoot’s success is the possibility of other Activision titles coming out of retirement. Hirshberg commented on this as well, by saying that “this is a strategy that clearly has our attention, and while there are no new announcements today, I think you can be confident that there will be more activity like this in the future with more great IP”. Currently, the talk of the town is another well-loved PS One mascot, Spyro the Dragon, getting its own remaster. And it is, quite by accident, celebrating the 20th anniversary next year. How convenient! With a bit of marketing, it shouldn’t be too difficult for Activision to pull off another success out of the ol’ nostalgia hat.
As far as the Crash Bandicoot is concerned, there are some pointers that it might be coming to Xbox One relatively soon. Although the original was Playstation bound, there is no such clause in this iteration, and it is Activision and not Sony, who holds the IP and are free to do what they wish with it. There is probably a solid chunk of Xbox One audience that grew up on Crash back in the day, and it would be a shame to waste the opportunity.