2017 saw the return of Crash Bandicoot and it become one of PlayStation‘s best selling games for the year. Crash Bandicoot: The N. Sane Trilogy became “No. 1 top selling remastered collection in PS4 history” and since its release in June, “has continued to remain among the top 10 selling PS4 titles in the US for the year, so far, in units” said Activision. Fans of the franchise proved the demand for Good Crash games exist and Activision is listening.
According to the spring edition of licensing trade publication Licensing Source Book Europe, Activision is to port The N. Sane Trilogy to the Nintendo Switch and Windows PC. GB Eye, a UK licensing company who sells licensed posters, drinkware and other merchandise, stated that Activision plans for a new Crash Bandicoot game for 2019. Whether it will be a new remaster or a new game remains to be determined. Hopefully it is a new entry for the series as the later games for Crash were received poorly than the original trilogy.
A new game shows the power that the audience can have on a game. While remakes or HD ports are becoming more common, they are to gauge customer interest into a new entry in the franchise. Fan petitions are one method of showing interest of a game to video game companies but money speakers louder than words. If you really believe your favorite game should receive a new franchise than it will take a lot more than a thousands of fans. Hopefully the port of The World Ends with You sells well.