Relive the adventures of Sony’s original mascot on the PS4 this June.
Long before console developers battled over hardware specs and the potential for 1080p and 4K-quality gaming, the giants of the industry waged war using self-proclaimed mascots. Though many have fallen off the map over the past few decades, the likes of Mario and Sonic still reign supreme, even if one of their parent companies has since pulled out of the console wars. While Nintendo and Sega were butting heads through Mario and Sonic and the power of “blast processing”, Sony bombastically entered the fray with the PlayStation and all-but-forgotten marsupial, Crash Bandicoot. Crash quickly became a gaming icon after a trilogy of critically-acclaimed PS1 titles, an entertaining battle-racing game, and a bombastic marketing campaign that went so far as to attack Nintendo in the most direct of ways:
Original Crash Bandicoot developer Naughty Dog has since gone on to focus on the Uncharted franchise, but that’s not to say Sony’s mascot has been entirely forgotten; the orange marsupial appears as a playable Easter Egg in Uncharted 4 and a Sony-exclusive character in Skylanders: Imaginators. Developer and publisher Activision announced at PSX 2016 that Crash Bandicoot would finally return to the gaming world in 2017 with a remastered compilation of the original PS1 trilogy.
Nearly seven years after his last outing- Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 2 for iOS- the titular character finally returns to consoles with Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy. The title features remastered versions of Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, complete with new music, completely remodeled stages and characters, and updated gameplay mechanics. Activision released a new gameplay trailer last week; despite the lack of new footage, the trailer finally gives the N.Sane Trilogy an official release date set for the end of June.
Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy will release exclusively for the PS4 on 6/30.