Gamers rejoice, Activision is reportedly planning to spin a new Crash Bandicoot game onto our screens in 2019, as part of a bold five-year plan for the franchise.
Following the Australian troublemaker as he blasts his way through boxes of dynamite against a variety of different backgrounds, Crash Bandicoot was the brainchild of creators Andy Gavin and Jason Rubin. The pair developed the game while at Naughty Dog, and the first PlayStation exclusive game hit shelves in 1996. Over the past 22 years, there have been plenty of additional installments with varying success, but it looks like a whole new chapter is coming in 2019.
Although we haven't had a new Crash game since Nitro Kart 2 in 2010, the series has been published by Activision since 2008, something that could be about to change. Speaking to IGN, Max Arguile, manager of merchandising company GB Eye promises something new:
“The new game was a huge success at retail with no marketing spend. Next year it will be going broader (Switch and PC) and there will be another game in 2019. Activision has a five-year plan for this and GB Eye is delighted to be fully on board for all products.”
The other thing to note is that Crash Bandicoot will be getting a new home on the Nintendo Switch. The wildly popular console may be best-known for the likes of Mario and Zelda, but we could be getting a flash of orange thanks to the N.Sane Trilogy getting a wider release. First revealed as a PS4 exclusive in 2016, 2017's N.Sane Trilogy included the original game, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped with some graphics and gameplay upgrades. Fans have long-waited for any news on whether N.Sane would head to other consoles, so consider it good news. (Sorry though, still no Xbox One.)
As for what the new game could involve in 2019, expect it to be something completely fresh and equally as crazy as the previous Crash chapters. 1996's game was a fairly simple platformer, but later games included the ability to ride on animals, undertake vehicle-based levels, and even possessing other characters. Add to this spin-off games like Crash Bash and Crash Team Racing, it means that Activision could just about take the series anywhere.
We haven't had a "main" series game since 2009's Mind Over Mutant, and with that being a mixed-bag affair, Crash has some serious catching up to do to compete with the other gaming giants. That being said, the hugely successful sales of the N.Sane Trilogy reminded fans why they fell in love with Crash all those years ago. Another trip back to Wumpa Island could be just what gamers need to kickstart their appreciation for the anthropomorphic bandicoot all over again.