At E3 2016, we received confirmation of a PS4 project that PlayStation fans had been requesting for some time, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, a remaster of the first three games in the platforming franchise. The game is set to launch one month from now, and it's now being reported that Naughty Dog, the creators of the original games, are very happy with the project.
Today, Naughty Dog is best known for the spectacle of the Uncharted games, and the gritty action of The Last of Us. However, back in the 1990s and prior to the aforementioned action titles and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, it was Crash Bandicoot and its original sequels that made the studio an indispensable part of the PlayStation brand.
However, since Naughty Dog is hard at work on Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and The Last of Us: Part 2, development of the N. Sane Trilogy fell to Vicarious Visions. A new interview with producer Kara Massie has confirmed that the Naughty Dog staff has seen the company's work, and were very impressed.
"Personally, our dev team didn’t check in with them or anything," said Massie. "But through Sony, Naughty Dog has seen and played the games at a few different stages. And we’ve had feedback from them, and overwhelmingly it’s been positive. They’re very, very impressed, and quite touched, that we’re doing right by their original games."
Vicarious Visions has clearly put a huge amount of work into making the N. Sane Trilogy as good as it possibly can be. Graphics and gameplay alike have been rebuilt from the ground up, and it looks set to be the tribute to the original trilogy that fans have been looking for.
It's easy to see just how big a leap forward has been made when you watch some of the comparison videos that put the original game side-by-side with the remaster. The game looks terrific, and all signs point toward its gameplay being just as tight. Thankfully, we don't have to wait very long to find out whether the N. Sane Trilogy hits its mark.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy launches for PlayStation 4 on June 30, 2017.