If you don't remember Crash Bandicoot, then you are probably pretty young. There was a time when Crash Bandicoot was the poster boy for platforming games for the Sony PlayStation, like Sonic the Hedgehog was for Sega and Mario is for Nintendo. The Sony E3 2016 Press Conference revealed that Crash Bandicoot is heading back to the PlayStation 4, but only as Crash Bandicoot 1, 2, and 3 will be remade and remastered. Does this a signal that a new Crash Bandicoot game is on the way?
According to the Daily Record, the remade versions of older game are given the remastering treatment like The Last of Us and Uncharted. Wait a second, doesn't Naughty Dog make both The Last of Us and Uncharted, with the latter just finished its franchise with Uncharted 4? It seems that the company is in the business of creating remastered editions of its already successful games, assuming that Naughty Dog is even involved anymore.
That isn't exactly easy, as rights to the games have changed hands so many times, with it finally landing on Activision. IGN reports that the remasters are coming thanks to a special arrangement between Sony and the publisher.
Naughty Dog could use a good hit, so perhaps they will announce another Crash Bandicoot game at E3 2017. For those not into video games, E3 stands for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, and it is a big video game convention that is held annually at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Perhaps this announcement was made so it will be seen how the public responds to the remastering of the old Crash Bandicoot games. Just for the record, these first three games are officially called Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped. Once the games are released as a collection in 2017, the company can decide if releasing a Crash Bandicoot game is worth it, assuming that Naughty Dog isn't working on it already.
However, it was Naughty Dog that made the series popular and kept it popular, but everything else that was non-Naughty Dog only brought a mixed reception. Whatever the case, it has been eight years since there has been a Crash Bandicoot game.
By the way, this wasn't the only Crash Bandicoot related news that was announced at E3 2016. Apparently, Crash Bandicoot will be featured as a new character in the next installment of the Skylanders franchise.