Crash Bandicoot Remaster Gets Unreleased Stage as Free DLC

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy got a previously unreleased level as DLC. The level in question is Stormy Ascent, and it’ll be free on the PlayStation Store for the next 30 days. After that, you’ll be able to buy it for three bucks. The level was originally meant for the first Crash Bandicoot, but they cut it for being too difficult, according to developer Taylor Kurosaki.

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Crash Bandicoot Remaster Gets Unreleased Stage as Free DLC
Crash Bandicoot Remaster Gets Unreleased Stage as Free DLC

Those that bought the Crash Bandicoot remaster, N. Sane Trilogy, can now get the level Stormy Ascent as free DLC. This is the first time that the level has seen the light of day. The developers originally made this level for the first Crash Bandicoot, but decided to cut it at the last minute. Why? Because it was way too difficult. As Taylor Kurosaki, a former member of the Crash Bandicoot team at Naughty Dog and designer of Stormy Ascent, explains it in an interview with PlayStation Blog:

This level was so close to the end of the game and, you guessed it, it ended up being insanely difficult. As in, so difficult that it was hard for me, and I’m the guy who knew exactly how far Crash could jump, how late a player could take-off, and so on.

According to Dan Tanguay of Vicarious Visions, the level was also pretty difficult to remaster. In the same interview, he states:

It was challenging to first master the level so that we could accurately remaster it. In particular, the timing of the level was challenging to get right. The hazards and platforms steadily increase in speed as you go along!

So, there you have it, fellow Crash fans. You can now play a never-before seen stage that is ridiculously difficult. If you really want to rip all your hair out, Stormy Ascent is currently free on the PlayStation Store. After August 19th, you’ll have to pay $2.99 for it, according to the PlayStation Store page. Let’s face it, beating it will surely become a little badge of honor among Crash fans.

You can check out the trailer for Stormy Ascent below. Note how the first image you see is dead Crash.

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