Vicarious Visions has been revealed as the studio resurrecting the original Crash Bandicoot trilogy for PS4.
Remastered versions of 1996’s Crash Bandicoot, 1997 sequel Cortex Strikes Back and 1998 follow-up Warped were announced on-stage during Sony’s E3 showcase.
The trilogy was originally created by Uncharted and Last of Us studio Naughty Dog, before the franchise passed to Traveller’s Tales for 2001’s Wrath of Cortex, which was also the first non-PlayStation-exclusive Crash game.
Its eponymous marsupial hero is also headed to toys-to-life series Skylanders in this year’s entry, Imaginators: Crash Edition, which also stars fellow PlayStation platforming icon Spyro the Dragon, originally created by Insomniac Games. Both licences are now held by publisher Activision.
It doesn’t mark the first time Vicarious Visions has worked on a Crash game, having previously developed the first three Game Boy Advance-only instalments in the series, 2002’s The Huge Adventure, 2003’s N-Traced and 2004’s Ripto’s Revenge/The Cortex Conspiracy, as well as multi-platform racing spin-off Crash Nitro Kart in 2003.
Rumours of a Crash return abounded after PlayStation’s Shawn Layden appeared on-stage at E3 2015 in a Crash Bandicoot t-shirt.
Passion was heated further by the inclusion of a level from the original game in Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4, which was a PS4 exclusive – leading fans to suggest that Sony had re-acquired the rights to the IP.
While this isn’t the case, Crash Bandicoot Trilogy Remastered will seemingly return to the series’ PlayStation-only roots, releasing for PS4 in 2017.