Activision is open to taking more cracks at remastered collections, following the staggering success of the recently launched Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.
Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg responded to questions about the impact of the N. Sane Trilogy during a recent investors call, claiming that the collection exceeded the publisher’s sales expectations by a long shot.
“We knew that there was a passionate audience out there for Crash—full disclosure, myself among them—but we had no idea,” Hirshberg said. “It’s hard to tell if that’s a vocal minority or that’s a real mass audience until you put something out there. Crash has surpassed all of our expectations by a pretty wide margin.”
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy was reportedly the best-selling physical console game worldwide for June 2017—plus the most downloaded PS4 game on the PlayStation Network—after being available for only two days of the month. Hirshberg would not release its exact sales numbers, but the game’s success has prompted Activision to look at other properties to bring back, as well as spread successful classics to other platforms.
“So this is a strategy that clearly has our attention, and while there are no new announcements today, I think you can be confident there will be more activity like this in the future with more great IP,” he said. “The other opportunity beyond remasters is to look at some of our classic IP and ask whether or not it can be reborn on a new platform, like what we’re doing with Skylanders on mobile. Our IP library is an asset that, when done right, can be very powerful.”
Hirshberg cited previous projects like Modern Warfare Remastered and Zombie Chronicles as evidence of the publisher’s success with remasters, but this new direction seems to suggest a more retro focus. If that is the case, here’s hoping for a Spyro collection.
While the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is sitting comfortably on the PlayStation 4, the game could also have its sights set on Xbox One domination. A video uploaded by a N. Sane Trilogy artist showed the game with Xbox button prompts, but Activision has yet to comment.