Old school Naughty Dog fans are eagerly awaiting the release of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy this summer, which is a remaster of the first three Crash Bandicoot games from the days of the original PlayStation. Now, those fans have another reason to get excited, thanks to a new trailer showing off the game in glorious 4K.
Inside PlayStation, a German YouTube channel, uploaded 4K footage of the game after one of its representatives was able to play the game on the PlayStation 4 Pro at PlayStation Experience 2017 in Munich last weekend. The channel's commentary for the video is in German but no knowledge of a foreign language is required to enjoy watching everyone's favorite Marsupial in 4K.
It really is striking how much better the game looks when directly compared with the original titles. Other gameplay videos have done a good job of showing off the visual improvements but this is one of the first times that the public has had an opportunity to play the game on the PS4 Pro.
Of course, the release will also bring much more than just better graphics, including a number of gameplay improvements and the introduction of some modern conveniences. Developer Vicarious Visions is even apprehensive to use the term remaster when describing the Crash Bandicoot trilogy because it isn't exactly that. Rather, the studio took the work of Naughty Dog - geometry, physics, etc - and built a glossier, but familiar looking game on top of that. And, as mentioned, the devs also made sure to include some touches that suit the modern gamer.
N.Sane Trilogy will let players manually save wherever they like as opposed to having to complete a bonus round or seek out hidden collectibles to do so. Features in the later games in the trilogy like the time trial will also be introduced to the original game. All three titles will also offer support for analog controls, which should make some of the more frustrating platforming sections of the titles a bit more manageable.
Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy launches on PlayStation 4 on June 30, 2017. A PC port might be in development but nothing is yet confirmed.