Last month, Crash Bandicoot saw what seems like a clear hint at a new game announcement following the release of PlayStation’s “Time to Play” commercial. A new mask and Crash model both featured in the advertisement for the PlayStation brand, while a leaker with a history of accurate leaks regarding the Crash series said a new game called Crash Bandicoot Worlds was in the works for a planned 2020 release.
Now, Activision is piling on the speculation with more teases about a new Crash Bandicoot game reveal. YouTuber Canadian Guy Eh spotted a number of social media posts from “large scale influencers” posing with different Crash figurines they had just received. Activision used a similar tactic this time last year, sending out Crash-themed gifts just days before Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled was announced at The Game Awards 2018.
All of this falls neatly into place before this week’s two big reveal events: PlayStation’s final State of Play of the year on Tuesday, December 10, and the 2019 edition of The Game Awards on Thursday, December 12 [UPDATE: no new Crash game was revealed during the State of Play, but The Game Awards remains a strong possibility.] With a plethora of new game reveals set to be announced across both shows, it seems like there’s a very good chance a new Crash Bandicoot game will make an appearance before the end of this week.
The orange mascot hasn’t had a major new game release since 2008’s Crash: Mind Over Mutant, but both Sony and Microsoft have been firmly back on the Bandicoot train over the past few years. His first game appeared as a cameo in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, before the N. Sane Trilogy and Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled reintroduced some of his classic games to modern audiences. Perhaps this was a way to gauge interest in a completely new game in the series? We should know for sure by the end of this week.
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