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Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Vicarious Visions
Release Date: June 30, 2017

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'Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy' (PS4) Adds Previously Unreleased Level

by Rainier on July 20, 2017 @ 4:39 p.m. PDT

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy lets players spin, jump and wump as they take on the epic challenges and adventures from the three Crash games that started it all: Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is being built from the ground up for the PlayStation 4 with brand-new lighting, animations, environments and recreated cinematics—all in stunning “N. Hanced Fur-K” and PS4 Pro HD.  Fans new and old alike will enjoy seeing the beloved ‘90s video game icon like never before in this fully-remastered game collection.

What’s more, the trilogy will feature full analog stick support, a unified save system and unified checkpoint system, making it easier than ever for new fans to enjoy the classic adventures. Additionally, improved bonus levels and time trials throughout the games will make this an epic trilogy for the hardest of the ‘Coot core!

Activision and Vicarious Visions are honoring the heritage of Crash throughout the trilogy in a variety of ways, including a fully-remastered game soundtrack, packed with all the didgeridoos, xylophones and thumpin’ bass lines you can handle, as well as newly recorded dialogue from some of the familiar voice actors who appear in the original Crash Bandicoot games, including Jess Harnell and Lex Lang, among others (as appropriate).

During the Crash Bandicoot Then and Now panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego Activision announced that new content is available for Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.

Stormy Ascent, a previously unfinished and unreleased level from the original Crash Bandicoot game, is now available for free. After 30 days, the price will be $2.99.

"The fan response to Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy has been tremendous with the title landing at number one worldwide in physical game sales, even though it was only on shelves for two days in June.2 We're thrilled that there seems to be a whole lot of people out there who love Crash as much we do," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision. "To thank Crash fans, we're excited to release Stormy Ascent, the infamous unfinished level from the original game for the very first time. And it's free to fans for the first month. We look forward to watching some epic speed runs online!"

The notorious Stormy Ascent level was not finished and not released in the original Crash Bandicoot. Activision's team at Vicarious Visions completed it, and for the first time, players who own the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy can get their hands on the full level by downloading it from the PlayStation Store free of charge for 30 days starting today through August 19. Stormy Ascent will challenge even the most hardcore Crash fans with vial-throwing lab assistants, flying birds, retracting steps, iron spikes, and much more!

"Finally seeing Crash fans have the chance to play Stormy Ascent all these years later is very exciting," said Shuhei Yoshida, President of PlayStation's Worldwide Studios. "Activision has done an amazing job remastering the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, and fans are really going to enjoy this never-before-released Crash level. I can't wait to see the leader boards light up, because even speed runners will be in for a tough challenge with this one."

Also today, Dark Horse Comics confirmed the upcoming availability of The Crash Bandicoot Files: How Willy the Wombat Sparked Marsupial Mania. The original design document for Crash Bandicoot, the 150-page hardcover book features original concept illustrations and insight into how Crash Bandicoot came to be the iconic videogame character he is today. Featuring a foreword from Crash's creators, the book will delight fans when it debuts in March 2018.

"We are proud to partner with Activision to share The Crash Bandicoot Files with Crash Bandicoot fans next year," said Ian Tucker, editor, Dark Horse Comics. "We think fans will love seeing how Crash Bandicoot evolved from wombat concept to bandicoot execution, all in a beautiful hardcover book filled with never-before-seen art and filled with insightful commentary from the designers."

Additionally, Loot Crate confirmed that they are celebrating some of the greatest treasure hunts in gaming with great Bandicoot Booty not available anywhere else — an exclusive Crash Bandicoot T-shirt. Featured in the July crate is a postcard-style T-shirt straight from N. Sanity Beach that features fan-favorite character Aku Aku. Fans can get one by ordering before 9 p.m. PT on July 27.

Crash mania continues with today's pre-order kick-off for a new Crash figure. This 9" vinyl, painted statue is created by First4Figures, and fans can pre-order it at Best Buy for $69.99. The new Crash figure will be available at retail starting in early September.

To round out the Crash Bandicoot Comic-Con experience, fans can share the craziness of Crash Bandicoot with CrashMoji, the new emoji and sticker app available this week. Fans can type messages directly in the app to share as small emojis or take crazy selfies with the Sticker Cam and then add Crash, Aku Aku and more to the photos. Install the keyboard to use in iMessage, Whats App, WeChat and more or add the included Sticker Pack to iMessage to use without having to cut and paste! CrashMoji is available this week from the App Store and the Google Play Store for free download.

Because this is a remaster plus, we’ve the opportunity to add new features.

Choosing these is a difficult process. We consider numerous things, including the team’s ideas and fan requests, but perhaps our most important consideration is the evolution of the franchise itself. Naughty Dog learned a lot of lessons on how to refine the Crash formula over the course of making three games. So, the first new features we’ve worked on take the best of each of the games and apply them to all three.

Here are some work-in-progress examples:

  1. A unified checkpointing & save game system. This includes manual and auto-saving. (Yes, the first game now has a proper save game system!)
  2. Unified menu system.
  3. Time Trials in all three games!

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is slated to launch June 30th, 2017 and is available now worldwide for pre-order on PS4 and PS4 PRO for the suggested retail price of $39.99.

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