Activision has announced Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will head to the PlayStation 4 on June 30, 2017. More details about the upcoming trilogy were shared on the PlayStation Blog, including what has changed compared to the original games: “The addition of real-time lighting in a PBR (Physically Based Rendering) engine, along with an increase in texture size, can sometimes make our environments look different than the originals,” said art lead Dustin King. “Generally, while we strive to recreate each level so it looks and feels like the original, we also want to make sure that environments are fun, colorful, and read well in the fast-paced action with the addition of the new technology we are using.”
And for those still debating whether this is a remaster or a remake, the company clarified that it’s a AAA remaster. “We’re building it using the original level geometry so that it plays as close to the original as possible,” added game director Dan Tanguay. “We’ve also referred to this as a remaster plus, as we are adding new features that we think the fans are going to love!”
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy includes Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped, and will be priced at $39.99. Expect to see new lighting, animations, cinematics enhanced for 4K and the PS4 Pro, as well as a fully remastered soundtrack. The trilogy will also have full analog stick support and new unified save and checkpoint systems.