Activision’s top chiefs must be rolling around on the floor with glee after seeing the success of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, though it wasn’t totally expected, as admitted today by Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg.
Speaking as part of Activision’s quarterly investor relations call, Hirschberg stated that while the firm “knew there was a passionate audience out there for Crash” it didn’t realise it’d be such a runaway success. Yeah, us neither, mate, but when you couple nostalgia with some dodgy is-it-isn’t-it a PS4 exclusive marketing, you get people going nuts. Oh, and the £34.99/$39.99 price point probably helped, too…
While this writer may not be too fond* of Crash there is some good to come out of it. Activision has seen the success in bringing back a long-dead character (who should have stayed dead) and are willing to do it again. “This is a strategy that clearly has our attention, and while there are no new announcements today, I think you can be confident there will be more activity like this in the future,” Hirschberg stated.
You know what that means, don’t you? The proper icon of 90’s gaming is most likely going to be getting the remaster treatment. Yes, we’re talking about Spyro the Dragon and the vastly superior trilogy of games. What? Too far? Jog on, lad.
It’s not just remasters that are part of the plan either, as Activision is also looking to bring these games back to the forefront of the industry with new entries, so it’s entirely possible we’ll see a new Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon at some point over the next couple of years. All we’ve got to say on the matter is: Leave the crappy input lag at home, and leave the dated platforming (from Crash; Spyro is perfection) back where it belongs.
**Read as: I f*&king despise it.
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Chris has been writing about gaming news for far too long, and now he’s doing it even more. A true PlayStation know-it-all, Chris has owned just about every Sony console that ever existed. Trophies are like crack to this fella. (Bronze trophies, that is – he only has one Platinum.)