Crash Bandicoot IS BACK!

(Caution: Reading this article may cause dangerous levels of hype. If you experience symptoms such as heavy breathing, nervous shaking, or uncontrollable grinning, consult your doctor immediately.)

There is nothing like waking up to the news of Crash Bandicoot making a huge comeback. E3 did not disappoint, and we're about to witness a true revival of the series! We already knew about Crash coming to Skylanders Imaginators, and I'm happy to say that, as predicted, it's not the only thing happening with the series right now, and Crash is still going to have his own games like we fondly remember. Not the least of which is a remake of the original trilogy.

You read that right — 2017 will see the release of remakes for Crash 1, 2, and 3 by Vicarious Visions for the PlayStation 4, and boy, did they pick the right team for the job! Not only do they know how to make classic Crash work (and have done so in the past), but they're also behind all the Crash stuff in Skylanders Imaginators, which looks exceptionally faithful to the original Crash Bandicoot games. In fact, there's so much to discuss about Imaginators that it's getting its own separate article very soon, along with an entire section dedicated to it.

What a trip E3 must have been. I say it that way because I couldn't make it to the big moment, but I can only imagine what people must have felt when they heard the WARPED theme blast through the stage and watched Shawn Layden walking in with the bandicoot's shadow:

It's almost a given that Crash's design used in Skylanders is going to be used for the upcoming remakes, as it looks like a modernized version of Charles Zembillas's original design. Vicarious Visions has actually posted an article detailing the choices behind it, which is a really good read.

The only one of our guesses that didn't quite materialize was the theory that Sony owned Crash now, but they did the closest thing by waking up the brand and working with Activision towards a true revival. That said, considering they're taking a risk with all of this, we're not out of the woods yet... But if the new games are commercially successful, it will mean a bright new future for the series. It's up to us to show our support for the upcoming remake and send Sony and Activision the right idea.

Crash as he will appear in Skylanders Imaginators.Speaking of which, the fandom did a really great job at getting the higher-ups' attention over the past few years, and I believe it's because of our voice that Crash is returning. Movements like Bring Back Bandicoot (now aptly renamed Brought Back Bandicoot) did so much for Crash over the years, and I can't describe in mere words how much heart we fans put into this goal.

You can be sure that every single tidbit about the upcoming remakes (as well as the Crash stuff in Skylanders Imaginators) will be featured in Crash Mania, so from now on you can check back often for something I haven't done in years: Writing about new Crash games. I'm really excited for that too!

It's truly a great time to be a Crash fan.


TCK | June 14, 2016 - 08:44 PM
AWWWWW, it's going to be SOOO good! :D

thebandragoness | June 14, 2016 - 08:50 PM
Crash Mania regularly updating with news about upcoming Crash games? MY CHILDHOOD IS HAPPENING ALL OVER AGAIN!

piotrekhappy | June 14, 2016 - 08:51 PM
I am totally happy! Thank god!

Bitmap | June 14, 2016 - 09:09 PM
We need to start communicating with Vicarious Visions pronto. We need that close relationship we had with Radical.

Gangxxter | June 14, 2016 - 10:12 PM
I'd love to know what Charles Zembillas thinks of Crash's new design.

I remain sceptical until VV proofs, they can nail the feel of the original games. They especially need to nail the physics and animations.
If the remakes are faithful to the originals, then I'm more than happy that VV makes more Crash games im the future.

Cooper | June 14, 2016 - 11:50 PM
He is back.
We are back.


FagnerLS | June 15, 2016 - 12:35 AM
I love the GBA games and the Vicarious Visions work on them, was a good choice to work with classic style Crash's games! This can be the beginning of an amazing future for our beloved bandicoot if the things go well, far beyond this Classic Trilogy remake. Let's wait and see!

Crash Kandicoot | June 15, 2016 - 01:50 AM
This is a feeling i haven't felt in years. I'm actually hyped for something. And now this blog is back on activity, this is a dream that just came true.
Crash looks great in Skylanders! Hope they use that model for the remastered games, or use it but slightly different.

Tawna | June 15, 2016 - 05:08 AM
Nitpicks incoming: I wish his model fur was smoother and something is off about his expressions. I was really hoping for a completely new Crash game made by Naughty Dog. Also I wish they were doing CTR because that game is so fun and seeing all of the characters in HD on online play would've been amazing. Plus, I hope the remakes stay true to the original. I'd rather have them make it too similar to the originals then too different. I really hope they keep all of the orginal designs, voices, music, etc. but just HD quality.
But yes, WELCOME BACK CRASH BANDICOOT. It's seriously been too long. ***, I gotta save up for a PS4.

Crass Crackar | June 16, 2016 - 12:12 AM
I am so excited! I honestly think the Crash remakes alone will make me purchase a PS4. Getting to see the games I grew up with and beaten so many times in a new way is very exciting! If they sell well, it's almost certain we will get a BRAND NEW Crash game!

BrakeBlue | June 20, 2016 - 08:00 PM
Remaster or remake?

HerefordMadM | June 22, 2016 - 10:55 AM
Blake I am thinking that it will largely be the same as the originals, with modern visuals and tweaks to the games mechanics so that the game feels more precise and not as floaty as it was back then.

KokoB | June 24, 2017 - 02:57 PM
I remember reading this article, last year and running around the house, grinning insanely! This is, indeed, a great time to be a Crash fan! I hope the hype doesn't die down, after June 3oth. I just love this feeling of excitement!

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