Crash Bandicoot was once a critically acclaimed PlayStation exclusive franchise, and then it turned into a series of multiplatform games with fluctuating quality. The series returned to the PlayStation 4 last year in the glorious Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, but, for whatever reason, Activision has decided to try Crash’s luck again on non-Sony consoles later this year.
The Spring 2018 edition of Licensing Source Book Europe is filled with over 200 pages of material. It’s honestly a daunting task to look through the entire thing, but on page 97, tucked away in a little corner, you will find an intriguing statement by Max Arguile, the licensing manager of the merchandising company GB eye:
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 have a five year plan for this and GB eye is delighted to be fully on board for all products.
The Nintendo Switch and PC, you say? Whatever could Arguile mean? Odds are he means the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is being ported to the Switch and PC, which sadly leaves the Xbox One out in the cold, a pattern that is all too common these days. After all, the Xbox One has sold a measly thirty million units. Sure, that doesn’t sound measly, but compared to the PlayStation 4’s sixty-two million, that’s downright low. The Nintendo Swith has only sold sixteen million, but it hasn’t been on the market anywhere near as long; sixteen million units in under a year is still impressive. Many developers and publishers seem to believe it’s not worth the time and money to develop their games for the Xbox One, Activision included.
Moreover, what is this about “another game in 2019?” Will Activision publish a new Crash Bandicoot game, or has it hired Vicarious Visions again to remake other games in the franchise, such as Crash Team Racing or The Wrath of Cortex? Given the game is set to release next year, we are almost guaranteed an announcement trailer during this year’s E3.
As a gamer who doesn’t own a PlayStation 4, I am excited to finally play Crash Bandicoot on my PC.