A New 'Crash Bandicoot' Game Is Coming Out Next Year


Everyone has a PlayStation game that reminds them of their childhood.

Whether it’s Tekken, Metal Gear Solid, Spyro, Tomb Raider or Final Fantasy, they’ll all evoke a feeling of nostalgia, but for me, one game rules supreme: Crash Bandicoot.

I can’t tell you the amount of hours I spent squishing wumpa fruit, jumping from crate to crate, and spinning my way through the beautifully zany worlds.

There was a level on the original game called ‘Slippery Climb’ that I was stuck on for AGES, and I still think it’s one of the most difficult levels of a game I’ve ever played. In the end one of my dad’s mates had to come round and do it for me, and I’m still grateful to him to this day.

Anyway, that Australian marsupial has been synonymous with gaming since the mid-90’s, managing to stay relevant for the best part of 20 years.

Last year, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy – a remastered compilation of the first three Crash Bandicoot games – was a massive hit for publisher Activision, smashing sales expectations and becoming the best-selling PlayStation 4 exclusive of 2017 and the ‘number one top selling remastered collection in PS4 history’.

Evidently, people still care a great deal about Crash, which is exactly why Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is just the beginning of a glorious bandicoot revival.

According to the spring edition of licensing trade publication Licensing Source Book Europe,  Activision will be releasing more Crash Bandicoot games in the coming years, including a version of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy which will be released on Nintendo Switch and PC later this year.

Speaking about Crash’s future, Max Arguile, Licensing Manager of GB Eye, a European merchandising company, said:

“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 online marketing document that has given credence to these comments also states that Activision has plans for new Crash titles through 2022.

So that’s three MAJOR bits of Crash news, people:

  1. Activision will release N. Sane Trilogy on Switch and PC in 2018.
  2. There’ll be a new Crash game coming in 2019.
  3. Activision are planning several Crash titles all the way up to 2022.

Nothing is official yet, and very little else is known, but it seems likely that Vicarious Visions will be making any upcoming Crash game considering they did the remakes which were so successful.

On the topic of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, there was no mention of a potential Xbox One version of the game, despite the rumours. Having said that, with the game destined to hit the Switch and PC, it seems increasingly likely that we’ll be getting Crash on Xbox sooner rather than later.

As for a new game in 2019, well, the possibilities really are limitless.

I’m officially excited – like these people:

I can’t wait to see how this new game turns out – as long as they don’t put another Slippery Climb- esque level in there I’ll be a happy chappy.

Or this one.

Images via PlayStation/Activision/Vicarious Visions/Twitter

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