If you’re a '90s gamer, there’s a huge chance you’ve not only heard of but been a keen player of the Crash Bandicoot series of games. Making an incredible mark on the world of gaming following the character’s first release all the way back in 1996, there have been 15 games in total released as part of the franchise. Though not all of them have been as well received as others, the series has always been regarded a massive commercial success, with Crash cementing his spot in video game history.
During this year’s E3 annual event, Sony revealed that the fan-favorite fuzzy marsupial would be returning to consoles via PlayStation 4 as part of a remastered trilogy of the original games, as well as making an appearance in the latest title from the Skylanders series. Since that point there hasn’t been too much else said about the upcoming release, other than it coming in early 2017. All that changed today however when the first ever remastered gameplay trailer was revealed.
Despite being originally developed by Naughty Dog, the remaster will be developed by Vicarious Visions in partnership with Activision. The trilogy – titled Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy – looks to recapture the magic that made the original games such a success. The trailer [above] seems to prove that no gameplay itself has been changed, with the remaster simply bringing slicker graphics, sounds and animations to those behind the game pad. When shifting from old sequences to new ones within some of the game’s most memorable moments, it’s clear that there is a major jump forward in technologies used to bring the most beautiful Crash Bandicoot experience to fans yet.
Knowing that those behind this remaster aren’t looking to change anything about the original trilogy’s style of play is very reassuring to those who thought it may be tampered with. The graphics are gorgeous and all of the nostalgic sounds that make the Crash games feel so homely are right back where they belong.
Of course, there’s always the chance that going back to a game you thought was amazing so many years back could lead to disappointment. With hundreds of titles that now knock Crash Bandicoot right out of the water on all levels, some players may be coming to the game with huge expectations, only to feel a little let down by the simplistic experience that awaits. Whatever the case may be, the remastered trilogy looks set to deliver at least on a sales level when it hits shelves next year.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will be released exclusively on PlayStation 4 consoles in 2017.
Source: YouTube (via IGN)