Finally! Sony has been teasing a Crash Bandicoot return for years but today’s Playstation Experience was the first time they’ve actually shown anything for it. However, unlike what many hoped, this is not a new title, nor is it from the Crash Bandicoot creators, Naughty Dog. Instead, Vicarious Visions took on the lofty task of remastering not one, not two, but three Crash Bandicoot games to create the N. Sane Trilogy!
Although, Vicarious Visions isn’t labeling this as a full remaster or a remake. In Playstation’s blog, VV explained why they’re dubbing this trilogy as a Remaster Plus:
“It’s practically impossible to make a traditional remaster of the original Naughty Dog games. They’re roughly 20 years old, and technology has advanced significantly in that time. The original code and assets are nearly unusable. Nearly.
But we don’t consider this a remake. We know how much you all love the original games, so we didn’t want to fully remake them. The N. Sane Trilogy is a remaster plus.
The first step in our remaster plus was to truly understand what made the Naughty Dog games special and why fans still love them to this day. The best way to understand a game is to play it, and boy, did we play the Crash games. We played them to the point that we broke controllers from mashing the jump button too much. We studied original concept art and commercials for inspiration. And we went even further back to understand the material that originally inspired Naughty Dog, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Looney Tunes.
With all of that in mind, we started our work. Using the original level geometry from Naughty Dog as a guide, we rebuilt the Crash gameplay from scratch, capturing its simplicity and precision. As the levels began to take shape, we layered in our own lush and zany art, animation, and audio.”
Vicarious Visions took it upon themselves to recreate years of code and update it for PS4. Now, the fruits of their labor are now in bloom with these stunning stills.
VV also is adding new features, like auto-saves, a more concise menu, among others. For more details, check out the blog link above.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will grace our Playstation 4s in 2017!