Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy: First Screens, In-Depth Details

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Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy: First Screens, In-Depth Details

We at Vicarious Visions love Crash, and we’re super excited for everyone to play the N. Sane Trilogy. But we can’t fly everyone out to Anaheim to play it in person, so here’s a peek that answers some burning questions. And the biggest question everyone keeps asking us, “Is this a remaster or a remake?”

The answer is not simple.

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.

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 first step in our remaster plus was to truly understand what made the Naughty Dog games special and why fans still love them to this day. The best way to understand a game is to play it, and boy, did we play the Crash games. We played them to the point that we broke controllers from mashing the jump button too much. We studied original concept art and commercials for inspiration. And we went even further back to understand the material that originally inspired Naughty Dog, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Looney Tunes.

With all of that in mind, we started our work. Using the original level geometry from Naughty Dog as a guide, we rebuilt the Crash gameplay from scratch, capturing its simplicity and precision. As the levels began to take shape, we layered in our own lush and zany art, animation, and audio.

Let’s see the results! Here are some work-in-progress examples of what to expect:

  • Rebuilt levels, based on the original geometry:

Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy, Environment

Another beautiful day at N. Sanity Beach!

  • Rebuilt characters, following the original designs:

Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy, Characters

Such a motley crew.

  • Rebuilt cinematics, inspired by the originals:

Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy, Cinematic

What a jerk.

Adding New Features

Because this is a remaster plus, we have an opportunity to add features.

Choosing new features 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:

  • Unified checkpointing & save game system. This includes manual and auto-saving. (Yes, the first game now has a proper save game system!)
  • Unified menu system. Here an example of the Pause menu for Crash Bandicoot:

Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy, Pause Menu

Eagle-eyed readers will notice something special about this Pause Menu.

  • Time Trials in all three games!

Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy, Time Trials

The competition for relic times on our team is fierce!

These aren’t the only new features for the N. Sane Trilogy. However, that’s all we’re going to share for today.

Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy, End Screen

Okay, maybe one more peek.

Seriously, though, there’s no time for more. We have to get back to work making the game. (Naughty Dog packed so much gameplay into those original PlayStation CDs!) We hope you enjoyed this taste of the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, and we’re excited to share more with you soon!

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  • Will this be a physical release?

    • Probably, but let’s hope.

    • What I want to see and have always wanted since all three Crash PS1 games was on PS3 is love shown towards the PS2 Crash Bandicoot games. I would love to see more Crash games come to us in the future.

    • There will be a physical release! If you go to and click on Pre-Order on the top right corner, you can see the box art and select a country/retailer you’d want to pre-order it from.

    • I hope this is a physical release. I also agree about the PS2 era games (not all were good though) I would love to see The Wrath of Cortex get remastered. It was good but the loading times were horrendous. Fix that issue and I’ll definitely buy it.

    • I seriously cannot wait for this. I also hope Sony and Activision give the original Spyro trilogy the same treatment! Imagine those beautiful remastered like these Crash games?!

    • Want a physical release too. But, I WILL buy a digital release if I have no choice. I Love these great 3 Crash games. 83

  • Looking forward to it! Always loved the Crash Bandicoot series :)

  • I love Crash’s in-game model in this! Will the visuals be touched up by release and will the soundtrack remain intact?

  • I must have this… If they have a collectors edition with a cool statue of Crash I will pay anything for this masterpiece! I will buy even if they don’t have a collectors edition but it would be really awesome if they did, right?

  • Is this exclusive?

    • It’s a Sony franchise, so yes….

    • Sony doesn’t own it anymore though… Activision does. Unless Sony paid a lot of money for its exclusivity rights, which I think they’d do if they did it for Street Fighter 5 lol.

    • The primary publisher to the PS1 games was actually Universal Interactive, with Sony (SCEA) only co-publishing. After the PS1 games, every single Crash Bandicoot title has been available on non-Sony platforms, and some titles even skipped the PlayStation 3. Through mergers and acquisitions, Universal Interactive and their IPs became part of Activision (which is now Activision-Blizzard). I highly doubt this trilogy will be exclusive, especially after seeing the copyright information at the end of the trailer.

  • I seen something about a March 2017 release.

  • Finally! Crash is back!

  • *sniffle* We want Crash on the Vita too!

    • do you think we could give them money to make a port for the vita? :( cause i seriously doubt they will make one. ive been aching to play crash on my vita for a long time

  • I hope this game does well enough for the Spyro trilogy to get the same treatment! I would buy both!

  • This looks so beautiful and modern enough to be great fun. :D

  • I saw a website reporting that you can switch between the old and new graphics. Can you confirm or deny this?

  • Can’t wait!

  • Activision posted a trailer on YouTube for those interested. It looks amazing!

  • THANK YOU SO MUCH for bringing Crash back! The trailer looks great, my only complaints are that Crash’s face looks a little weird (kinda like his Wrath of Cortex model), I think you should have reused his Skylanders model, but with a smaller head to match his classic proportions, and the floor in Temple Ruins looks weird, kinda like a placeholder texture.

    The cutscenes look gorgeous, though, and the music sounds pretty good (although I still wish Josh Mancell was involved).

    Please oh please give Spyro the same treatment! He deserves to have his own series back!

    One question: Is this game exclusive to the PS4?

    • No, it is not exclusive and Sony cannot advertise it as such because that would be considered false advertising. Activision is the sole publisher and copyright owner to the trilogy. Expect it to release on Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch.

  • Please on Vita too. We got Classics like Sly, Ratchet and Jak. Crash deserves to be on the list too….along with Spyro( the one before Skylanders ruined him).

  • Please keep the original voices of all the languages and the soundtrack. ;)

    Where’s Crash Team Racing? AKA the best Kart racer of all time ? :( Dissapointed but oh well this will do for now

  • Please consider doing a “remaster plus” of Crash Team Racing (PS1) too!

  • Is there a price yet?

  • Hope all new crash team racing or a remaster is made. It’s still to this day one of the greatest games I played. But I want a new one, the way the items etc were in the first were perfect Imo.
    That being said, games coming out great and glad they all got a proper save system. One other thing I wonder the outcome for. With crash 2 and 3 one of the things that bothered me is that in 3 you had continuing momentum when you let go of the sticks making jumping on boxes a bit difficult in comparison to 2. Not a big deal but switching between the 2 games it throws you off

  • What I find interesting is that the trailers never say “Only On PlayStation”, and that’s probably on purpose. I get the feeling that Activision will want to bring this to Xbox One down the line. I know I know, the more gamers who can play it the better… but as a PlayStation fan, it just seems so wrong for Crash lol.

    • No no the “the more gamers who can play it the better” crap don’t fit here.Crash is a PS franchise even though lame activision owns it now I really hope Sony worked up some contract with them to make it exclusive to PS forever.If this remaster comes to x-*** I may be so disappointed to the point of not buying day 1.

    • For the ones after Bash, I don’t care. But the original 5 Crash games should always be PlayStation only.


  • Guys, make Collectror’s Edition or someting else. P L E A S E !

  • Is the demo of the Playstation Experience available on the Playstation Store already ? I don’t find it ^.^

  • As a childhood fan of Crash Bandicoot i just wanted to say this remaster is everything i could’ve hoped for on a remaster of the three first games. This is basically my most anticipated videogame release ever and you’ve pulled it off perfectly, so i can only congratulate and thank the team behind this trilogy. I can’t wait to play this, please show us Crash 2 and Warped as soon as possible!

  • Please add “Turkish Translation”

  • I hope the time trials are optional and not a requirement…

  • wow this looks good.

  • Thank you for bringing Crash back! <3 Love the graphic update, but, most importantly, I love how you guys stayed true to the originals' gameplay.

  • CRASH TEAM RACING Remaster Plus NEEDS to happen. What I’m seeing so far for the N. Sane Trilogy is exactly what I imagined for a PROPER and FAITHFUL Crash remaster, which I’m no question buying DAY ONE.

    Please do the same for 1999’s Crash Team Racing. This is a beloved gem of mine to my family and having this game given a modern shine (plus online!) would be a dream come true. To this day we still play 3-4 players and I can imagine that we will do it for generations to come with a remaster fir CTR.

  • OMFG!!!!!!!!!! I can’t believe ma eyes,I had tears of joy while watching that trailer.I thought this would simply be the original 3 games as they are with PS1 graphics but miraculously in 1080p playable on PS4,I cannot believe you guys are truly “remastering” them,holy crap it looks gorgeous.I cannot believe you guys are using all the original things…original designs of characters,original geometry,I literally thought this was impossible to happen in this reality,cuz all devs to this day messed up in remastering old games,they always change things and mess up…but you guys are like,its like y’all read ma mind and made exactly what I wanted.This is a true “remaster” and every single dev out there that wants to remaster something should learn from this.

    I’m a huge Crash fan but HUGE huge fan,I have memories with Crash that means a lot to me so I’m really really happy to see this…so much that I can’t believe its happening.

    Day 1 buy and please retail release.

    BTW Vicarious Visions is about to enter to the top 10 best devs,Seriously what you guys are accomplishing here deserves some serious recognition.

  • Looks awesome for an alpha build!!! Really hoping for a Collectors Edition or even a regular physical box version

  • So it’s a remake. But apparently the word “remake” is bad for sales, so you invent “remaster plus”? SMH

  • I wonder if they’ll be available separately.

  • Absolutely beautiful. There are so many ways that this could’ve gone wrong, but I see you’ve pretty much avoided all of them. Many devs would’ve strayed so far from the Naughty Dog games because they think they could improve upon perfection. You guys stuck to the roots of Crash, and I’m frankly amazed that you did. The make or break (buy or don’t buy) factor for me though was the characters, and Crash finally looks and acts like Crash should look and act. Cortex and Brio are also captured perfectly. I’m glad you guys seem to have as much affection for the classics as I do. So glad you didn’t use the Skylanders model.

    Wut up with N Tropy’s face doe?

  • Holly… This looks stunning. I even went further to make an account to tell you guys this. I’m Buying a PS4 just for this game.

    I think the team behind Vicarious Visions have a great sense of what the fans wanted with this remake: To preserve te original escence of the games and at the same time adding feats that doesn’t affect the original gameplay at all (the new time trial for example). I also loved that you guys decided to make a crash bandicoot render that is more close to the original than the Skylanders version.

    So I’m really happy with this, I’m looking forward to get a Collector’s edition or something if you guys decide to make it and I really, really pray to get the same treatment for the BEST kart game of all time: CRASH TEAM RACING and to the original trilogy of Spyro.

    P.S. Sorry for my bad english and really thanks Vicarious Visions :)

  • This would have been great on Vita, indeed.

  • They should remake or remaster CRASH TEAM RACING (CTR) it’s a really nice game,

  • Caugh what about other countrys sony and activision the eu uk & Australia havnt got this pre order added yet to ps store and uk and Australia are huge fans of crash bandicoot just like the awesome usa so activision please dont forget about crash bandicoot for the eu uk and Australia ps store’s or it will just look bad but as long as the eu uk Australia pre orders get added to ps store aqap as quick as possible you will make alot of gamers overseas very happy :) including this bandicoot mega fan

  • That work in progress af N Trophy with that sinus infection. Good job regardless guys. Just be sure to read feedback ; ) We have a lot. BUT YOU’VE DONE A GOOD JOB AND WE CAN SEE YOUR HEARTS ARE IN THE RIGHT PLACE <3

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