The Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy isn’t Dark Souls, but it has soared to the top of charts since its release on Friday. The nostalgia-inducing platformer beat out Horizon: Zero Dawn as the UK’s number one single-format boxed release of the year.
Beyond this, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg had a few interesting comments when it comes to the remastered trilogy. Hirshberg said Activision is “experimenting with Crash. We know there’s a vocal fanbase that wanted that to come back. But you never know if that is emblematic of a larger audience or just this niche, nostalgia-based community. So far, we are seeing some real passion for it, so that could lead to other things.”
Hirschberg’s comments touch on some good points, especially in dealing with nostalgic communities and larger audiences. The success of Crash indicates that nostalgia is definitely widespread and contagious, but also that newer gamers want to familiarize themselves with the classics. Furthermore, the fact that this could potentially lead to new Crash games could change the way other developers and publishers feel about remastering decades-old games, as well as backwards compatibility.
While Activision is out to find and develop the next huge new IP, they also understand the communities they are selling to: “Of course, we are always trying to find the next big thing. But our first priority is to make sure we are servicing the communities that we are already lucky enough to have.”
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is available now for the PS4.