Activision's revival of Crash Bandicoot was met with a lot of excitement and praise from the general gaming audience. Gamers have been dreaming for years to see Sony's original mascot back in action and tearing it up on the newer PlayStation home console, and Activision has brought that dream one step closer to reality by announcing the release date for the game.
They're opting to release the game after all the craziness of E3 dies down and they have a little bit of respite from the over-the-top media blitz expected to take place during that time.
Activision has Vicarious Visions working on the game, which will feature all of the original levels and content from the PlayStation One titles that helped make Crash Bandicoot a household name. Given the structure and limitation of the engines that Naughty Dog was using way back during the 1990s, Vicarious couldn't actually use the old technology and simply bump up the resolution, shaders, and textures; the software technology for the old games just couldn't handle it.
Instead, the team had to study and examine the original Crash Bandicoot games and work on rebuilding all three games from the ground up. They needed a new engine, new shaders, new ways to implement the textures and essentially create a foundation that would also allow for PS4 Pro support and 4K resolutions.
Essentially what they have is a game that that's all new but technically a remake of all the old levels that Naughty Dog designed for the original Crash Bandicoot trilogy. Vicarious Visions decided to keep the level layouts the same, including using the linear pathway designs from both over-the-shoulder views and the original front-facing view that helped separate Crash from Mario back when Super Mario 64 was tearing up the sales charts.
Gamers have been begging Activision for new Crash Bandicoot game for ages, and now it's finally coming. I don't know how well the game will do given that it's basically a remade remaster of the original three games, but for those who are nostalgia-driven and for a bunch of gamers during this newer generation who never played the original titles, it's a good way to get a taste of what the unofficial mascot was like back during the day.
3D platformers have become a rarity this gen, so there may be an uphill struggle for Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, but a lot of it depends on how they market it and how well the game plays. Sometimes a little bit of face time with the community and a solid outing for a decent price is enough to convince gamers to lay down some cash for a game. And in the case of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, you can do so starting June 30th, 2017.