Vicarious Visions is still hard at work on the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, which contains all three original Crash games that first appeared on the first Playstation: Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped. All the games were originally made by Naughty Dog, and if you played Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, you might have actually encountered a Crash Bandicoot Easter egg already (and it is necessary for a trophy).
The Easter egg was the original game, within the PS4 game, however, the N. Sane Trilogy edition will see the game that has been rebuilt from scratch, retaining nothing but the geometry of the old levels. The game will still feel like Crash, but some smart choices have been added in order to improve the experience and bring it closer to what is today expected from games, such as the unified save and checkpoint system, 4k resolution, and a joint menu for all three games.
The game is currently in development for PS4 only, as the original trilogy came out only on Playstation, however, there is no final confirmation whether it will stay this way. Activision is the rights holder, so Naughty Dog and Sony do not have any real control over the game anymore. The trilogy itself is seen as a springboard for the series. The remaster, if successful, might bring back the beloved character in some new adventures, as well.
Vicarious Visions calls the games not remakes, but “remasters plus”. They have been very verbal on retaining the spirit of the original games and giving them a new and lush coat of paint so that the new generation could enjoy them as much as they did originally.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will be out on PS4 on June 30.