Last week saw the release of Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy, the hotly anticipated remaster of the original trio of PlayStation platformers. Already, the game is proving to be a big hit — especially in the United Kingdom, where it just claimed a major win in terms of sales.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy came in at the top of the sales charts following its first week of release. The game is the biggest single-format boxed release of the year in the United Kingdom, beating out the hugely successful Horizon: Zero Dawn, which held that title since its debut in February.
The only 2017 release to have sold more copies in its first week than the N. Sane Trilogy is Ghost Recon: Wildlands, which is at a distinct advantage, having launched across multiple formats. It’s much too early to say for sure, but it certainly seems like the hype surrounding the remaster is translating into sales.
That’s certainly good news for Crash fans who are hoping that the remaster is a sign of the series being resurrected. Ahead of the game’s release, creative director Dan Tanguay indicated that a strong response to the N. Sane Trilogy could demonstrate to Activision that there’s plenty of demand for a new Crash Bandicoot game.
At the very least, good sales numbers might ensure that the prospect of a similar remaster for Crash Team Racing – the kart racer starring familiar characters from the series. It’s clear that there’s plenty of nostalgia for the PlayStation era of Crash’s adventures, although it remains to be seen whether the N. Sane Trilogy will have decent legs.
However, the remaster’s retail performance could be buoyed by ports to platforms beyond the PlayStation 4. While the game was announced as an exclusive, there are persistent rumors that it will release on Xbox One before all is said and done. It’s true that the original three games only released on PlayStation platforms, but now that Activision has publishing rights some believe it’s possible the remaster collection could expand to new platforms. If demand is so high for the PS4 version then it stands to reason sales might be solid on Xbox One and PC as well.
Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy is available now for the PlayStation 4.