A new Crash Bandicoot game is rumored to launch next year, driven by the success of the remastered Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy that was released for the PlayStation 4 in June 2017.
It also appears that the popularity of the Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy is so immense that the game will be re-released on other platforms, namely the Nintendo Switch and PC.
New 'Crash Bandicoot' Game Coming In 2019
Before the launch of Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy in the middle of 2017, the game's creative director, Dan Tanguay, hinted in an interview that a whole new Crash Bandicoot game could happen. However, that will depend on how well sales would go for Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy, which features "remastered plus" versions of the original Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped.
Apparently, Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy sold well enough to push through with that plan, according to the licensing manager for licensed merchandising company GB eye, Max Arguile. On page 97 of the Spring 2018 issue of Licensing Source Book Europe, Arguile went on record to say that a new Crash Bandicoot game is in the works.
According to Arguile, Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy was a "huge success at retail with no marketing spend," as the game drew from its retro feels with its titular character as one of the most popular mascots of early PlayStation history.
Arguile added that Activision has a five-year plan for the new game, which likely means that the 2019 release will be followed by more entries in the Crash Bandicoot franchise. There is, however, the possibility that the "another game" Arguile is referring to is not an entirely new Crash Bandicoot game but rather a reworked Crash Team Racing. We will not know for sure until Activision releases official confirmation.
Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy To Launch On Nintendo Switch And PC
Arguile also mentioned that Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy will break out of its PlayStation 4 exclusivity this year, with versions for the Nintendo Switch and PC reportedly coming soon.
Notably missing from Arguile's comments, however, is the rumored Xbox One port for the game. Shortly after launch, a Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy Xbox One version was said to be happening, after a few clues were spotted such as graphics with Xbox One buttons and an apparently listing mistake. It remains to be seen whether the game will also be arriving to the Xbox One, or only on the Nintendo Switch and PC as Arguile said.