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Crash Bandicoot PS4 N. Sane Trilogy release date, rumours, gameplay, features and trailer

Lee Bell
24 Dec 2016
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Everything there is to know about the PS4 platformer coming in 2017

Crash Bandicoot is one of the most celebrated Sony PlayStation platformers of all time, so it comes as no surprise that we'll be seeing it arrive on the PS4 sometime next year.

Unfortunately, it seems from its pre-order product description that the new PS4 Crash Bandicoot game isn't a brand-new development, so don't get excited about new content. It will be a remastered collection of the PlayStation One classics: Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, bundled on one disc. 

Release date

There's no specific release date for the platformer just yet, but one thing is for sure, it won't arrive in time for Christmas. However, we do know that it will be available sometime in 2017, at least. We'll update this article as soon as we know, but rumours suggest it will land in stores by the end of the first quarter.

According to Yibada, Brazilian retailer website Zilliongames put a placeholder for the game as 28 February 2017, along with the supposed box art of the game, so it could be with us as early as two months' time. 


Price

Although launch is still months away, Amazon has already put a pre-order on the Crash Bandicoot PS4 port of £49.99, with the usual price guarantee. 

'Remaster Plus'

So is Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy a remaster of the original games, or a remake? When asked its developer, Vicarious Visions, said it's a fine line.

"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," it said.

"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 team said they used Naughty Dog's original level geometry to rebuild the Crash gameplay from scratch. As the levels were coming together, they also added their own art, animation, and audio.

Gameplay and features

While there won't be any fresh content due to the PS4 game being a bundle of PS One classics, you can at least expect it to look much better than the originals did. We've come a long was since the days of PS One, so the game has had to be build again from scratch to be compatible with the PS4 system, so expect it to look very similar but sharper and much more impressive. 

At the same time, Crash Bandicoot PS4 won't be simply identical but with modern graphics. Vicarious Visions said new features while be added depending on their ideas and fan requests:

"The first new features we’ve worked on take the best of each of the games and apply them to all three," the developer said.

This will include the following:

• Unified checkpoint & save game system with manual and auto-saving
• Unified menu system
• Time Trials in all three games

There will be more features, but they haven't been detailed yet. We will of course keep you updated on any other new features that get announced between now and the release date. 

Trailer

Want to see Crash Bandicoot for PS4 in action? Check the trailer below.

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