After the buzz and confusion regarding why a Best Buy branch in Canada had a signage that said that Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is a “1 Year Console Exclusive”, Skyfan91 has updated me with a new picture with clarification from the store staff that the banner had incorrect information about N. Sane’s exclusivity and was only a few months old (Now just recently putting it up, now taken off due to incorrect info, according to them).
To ensure that those skeptical of what Skyfan91 has told me on Twitter, I have called that branch within my province two times in order to ask the store staff about this revelation. It is word for word matched up and the staff told me that the game is certainly PS4 Exclusive and won’t be timed exclusive or “1 Year Console Exclusive”.
Once again, I would like to note to my readers that we have yet to receive an official statement from Activision directly, or Sony Interactive Entertainment for this matter.
Ever since rumors started flying around the revival of Crash Bandicoot in 2016, the most that it got attention after PSX 2015’s T-shirt tease was the comments from a NECA representative spoke of the matter, only to back out of the comment, citing “fake image” in which we don’t trust quite honestly. After the major revival announcement, the release of Crash Pack for PS3/PS4 and before PSX 2016’s N. Sane Trilogy reveal, we got breaking news over Activision’s plans for potential merchandise sales and addition of a more formal use of the Crash Bandicoot Trademarks (Thanks to JB) in mediums other than Video Games and basic word of mouth, the two trademarks embody in what I believe is Activision’s bet on using the Bandicoot Brand to market things that you see done with Call of Duty and Destiny merchandise. Just posted today by ZeeCrazyGee on Reddit, Zee has been talking about games he has been excited for this year with a Numskull Rep over at the EGX Rezzed event stand where the merchandise designed by Numskull Designs are being sold (licensed), and I quote from the Rep’s response when told about Crash Bandicoot that:
The guy working with him said that they were going to be selling brand new crash stuff at some point after the game had released, he said they had secured a contract to produce merchandise and have had meetings about what potential stuff we might see but at this point they were not sure exactly but assumed it could be the basic stuff (hoodies, t-shirts etc)
In addition to all of that, on a related note, it aligns with how the prize for the idle animation contest is a copy of N. Sane Trilogy with a yet-to-be-revealed T-shirt, in which the contest’s deadline ends on April 5th, we might get to see it after the winner’s revelation. Considering that we don’t have much information about this tip from Zee, we just have to wait for an official response or reveal in the coming months. Stay tuned.
(Watch the relevant part at 10:50)
Yep, turns out that I was right with being suspcious about this, although it did align with the fact that Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy does support 4K on PS4 Pro, neither have we seen anything about it being 60fps (Aside from trailer) and being on PC (although if Activision goes ahead and announces it, that wouldn’t shock me). This video matches pretty closely the audio we have heard at the Off-screen footage video from the last post, strictly marked as a rumor, which we can confidently say that it has been debunked, though we don’t rule out a PC port possibility in the future just yet.
Thanks to Cultured Vultures and others who clarified this.
UPDATE: Nope, It was a Bulletstorm all along!
Notice: This is being labelled as a rumor since we don’t exactly have a definitive confirmation from either Activision or Sony. This bit is coming from potentially an unknown Rep speaking in the background and is not visible either way, so be attained about that at the time being. Take this with a grain of salt.
Alright. It has been quite lacking when it comes to off-screen footage for gameplay of the PAX East build of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, we have some on YouTube, sadly, no real picture of the Warp Room in full motion has been unearthed yet. But what’s this, “PS4 and PC”?
Well, yes, you can hear it in the background of this video starting at 0:05 very carefully (headphones recommended), we do know that the game is also 4K supported on PS4 Pro, but we haven’t seen confirmation before about it being 60fps yet (aside from debut trailer being 60fps in some parts). We are awaiting some clarification regarding that since this is still being inspected by me, personally speaking. It might be for another game since a ton of other games are being demoed as well…
Thanks to Enter the Dragon Punch for the tip.
Note: Even if this is dismissed or debunked, it has to be noted that this is sitting in almost every EB Games store in Australia, where you can also find a placeholder box of the game sitting on the shelves (Also, you can preorder it online as well).
So, the exclusivity debate still goes on, because why not… The latest in this saga is the curious placement of “PlayStation 4 Exclusive” badge on the banner promoting the remakes (Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy) found by Flare at one of the branches, note that the banner also includes Sony’s own PS4 top border header, perhaps this shouldn’t be over-analyzed as we haven’t received an official statement from Activision yet.