On the Activision Games Blog, a post going over the publisher's E3 2017 schedule suggests that fans should keep an eye out for a "special Crash announcement during E3." Activision is going to have a big presence at next week's show with Call of Duty: WWII, Destiny 2, and Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy. With the N.Sane Trilogy releasing on June 30, Crash Bandicoot himself will be at E3 as well.
With the Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy releasing in only a few weeks (June 30) for PS4, this is Activision's last advertising push for the game. Those going to the show can also play a demo - "just look for the orange carpet." With the remastered collection ready for release, could this "special Crash announcement" be a brand-new Crash Bandicoot game?
Fans of the wacky marsupial have been wanting a new Crash Bandicoot game in the style of the Naughty Dog-developed games since The Wrath of Cortex released in 2001. Crash has appeared in numerous other games like Crash Nitro Kart and Crash Twinsanity, but those titles took the gameplay in different directions than what made him popular.
While Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy is the first "proper" Crash title for the current console generation, this is not Crash's first foray onto modern consoles. Last year, he was revealed as an extra character for Skylanders Imaginators, Activision's successful toys-to-life franchise. If fans aren't satisfied with remastered games and cameo appearances, however, this new "special announcement" could be giving them what they asked for.
A new game for Crash Bandicoot would fit in very well in today's gaming landscape. Between reviving old franchises and harking back to a bygone era, a new Crash title would be welcomed. The reimagining of Ratchet & Clank saw great commercial and critical success, and Yooka-Laylee (the spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie) has had its fair share of success as well. It was just announced yesterday that Bubsy, the forgotten platforming anthropomorphic bobcat of the 90s, was getting a new current-gen game as well.
Activision could be announcing a new platforming Crash title, but they might be announcing a new kart racing game. Crash Team Racing is one of the most beloved kart racers of all time, and Activision could cash-in on Nintendo's success with Mario Kart 8 to fill the gap one PS4 and Xbox One. Whatever the announcement is, the announcement will either come at Microsoft or Sony's press conference on June 12 or when the show opens up to everybody on June 13.