The Crash Bandicoot PlayStation franchise, first unveiled in 1996, will receive a much-expected redesign with a remastered trilogy set to hit the PlayStation 4 console sometime next year, with no fixed release date yet.
Crash Bandicoot grew up to be one of the most easily recognizable and beloved games for PlayStation, highly praised for its dynamic environment, entertaining characters, backstory, and playability.
Its current developers, Vicarious Visions, are a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard. They are famous for making the first three Crash Bandicoot games for Game Boy Advance, a good number of Guitar Hero and Marvel-related titles, and much more. Vicarious will also be co-developing Destiny in 2017.
Side-by-side video shows just how much has changed for Crash since 1996
The trilogy intends to keep the gameplay mechanics that made the original Crash Bandicoot (engineered by Naughty Dog studio) so famous in the first place but also looks to upgrade something more than just its graphics.
20 years later, the gaming community is entirely different, so this new Crash trilogy will try to cater to today’s audience by reworking certain aspects of the gameplay, such as the game’s difficulty in some levels.
The developers made sure, however, that the final product was true to its roots, so every level is a direct (and updated) copy of the original game, a trend that will stand for all the games in the trilogy.
The ‘N’ Sane’ series will feature remakes for ‘Crash Bandicoot’ (1996), ‘Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back’ (1997), and ‘Crash Bandicoot: Warped’ (1998).
Apart from a modernized soundtrack, which still counts as a remaster of the original, the only significant changes to Crash will be the addition of auto-save and manually save features not available in the original game.
A little history on Crash Bandicoot
This franchise is arguably Naughty Dog’s most recognizable play, achieving a classic status among Sony loyalists since its inception. The 1996 game took every possible advantage the little gray console could offer and delivered groundbreaking graphics and gameplay for that time.
Naughty Dog is no newcomer to dynamic adventure games. They are also the studio behind the popular ‘Uncharted’ franchise and ‘The Last Of Us.’
The Crash Bandicoot series is set on the fictional Wumpa Islands, situated somewhere in the south of the Indian Ocean. An evil scientist, Dr. Neo Cortex, is performing a series of enhancing experiments among the fauna, including one in an unsuspecting wild bandicoot that, after failing, creates the classic anthropomorphic hero.
Crash then ventures in three different journeys to defeat Neo Cortex, who will try to gather powerful mystic crystals for his plans of world domination.