When Crash Bandicoot first established itself in the ‘90s, it identified as a platforming franchise with the occasional spin-off. However, over time this changed quite significantly, to the point that players didn’t even recognize the games anymore. The overhaul virtually destroyed the series, and it’s only the recent spate of remakes that have brought it back to life. Of course, with these updated versions of the old titles performing so well, we have to wonder if new games are on the horizon. If so, will they finally return to the good ol’ days of platforming?
From hero to zero
‘Crash Bandicoot’, ‘Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back’, and ‘Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped’ were three of the most popular games ever released on the PlayStation. Offering a decent platforming experience with comedic characters and varied levels, they were hard not to love back in the ‘90s. Obviously, with franchises like Mario to compete with, they weren’t necessarily the very best games available at the time. However, their millions of sales spoke for themselves.
Unfortunately, coming into the ‘00s, things changed. The franchise moved away from linear platforming to more of an open-world style. While later releases maintained the humor, in some cases, they suffered from short development time and lousy mechanics. The simplicity of the original games was gone, and in its place was a franchise slowly spinning out of control.
Back with a bang
Following the release of ‘Crash: Mind Over Mutant’ in 2008, the franchise began to fade away. Only a few more spin-offs were released in the following two years before the series seemed to breathe its last breath. For a long time, fans speculated about whether Crash would – or should – ever make a return. Unfortunately, even with developers getting people’s hopes up, the chances of a revival seemed unlikely.
However, before everyone could say their last goodbye, Activision and Vicarious Visions announced that they were remaking the original three games. With the franchise celebrating its 20th anniversary, it only seemed right that the famous bandicoot should return to the titles that made him famous. This was a chance for people to relive their childhood or discover games they’d never heard of before, and it proved to be a huge success.
Here to stay
In the three years since the ‘N-Sane Trilogy’ came out, people’s mindsets have changed a lot regarding Crash Bandicoot. Before, there was a slither of hope that the remake would inspire a new game. Now, it seems almost certain that an original title is in the works. Activision basically said as much themselves when their CEO Robert Kotick revealed that there were “a lot of opportunities” to expand their existing IPs.
With the ‘N-Sane Trilogy’ and ‘Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled’ both performing well, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t now get a new game. However, what form is that release going to take when it eventually debuts? Will it continue from where the series left off, or will it finally relive the glory days of its past?
Some things never change
If the rumors are anything to go by, then it looks like the past may be alive and well in the present. Apparently, the game that’s currently being worked on doesn’t feature open-world elements, instead aiming for the original linear structure. However, to keep things fresh, this title will apparently allow you to play the levels from two different perspectives. You’ll get to be Crash making his way through the obstacles to reach the end, while also taking control of Cortex and setting up those traps in the first place.
This is an interesting take on the franchise that we love, and it will definitely bring something new to the table. What’s more, it will ensure that the game appears fresh while also feeling like one of the titles that thrived in the ‘90s. Whether this is what the new release will actually be like, we don’t know. However, if the claims about it being a launch title for the PS5 are true, then it shouldn’t be much longer until we find out the truth.
The thought of a new Crash Bandicoot game that plays like one of the classics definitely has us excited. However, we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves just yet. As optimistic as we are about the franchise’s future, there’s still a chance that things could go horribly wrong. Let’s just pray that doesn’t happen.