At E3 today, news came down that a video game icon from the original Playstation days is coming back: Crash Bandicoot. The dormant character first appeared twenty years ago, and this time he’s taking the stage both as a fully playable Skylander Sensei character and brand new toy in Skylanders Imaginators. It was also announced that Activision is bringing back Crash Bandicoot in fully remastered versions of the first three Crash games — Crash Bandicoot; Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back; and Crash Bandicoot: Warped for PlayStation 4, all planned for a 2017 release.
From the official announcement:
“For years, we’ve been asked when is Crash returning, and today that question has been answered. Activision is proud to celebrate the iconic character’s 20-year anniversary by bringing him back in ways that will appeal to hardcore fans as well as introduce him to a new generation of gamers,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. “We can’t wait for gamers to see Crash bring his unique style and quirky personality to the epic battle against Kaos in Skylanders Imaginators. And next year, we’ll expand on the Crash experience for players with remastered versions of three classic games.”
Activision is paying homage to the beloved ’90s videogame star in fun new ways with Skylanders Imaginators. No Crash game would be complete without the ability to jump on TNT Crates to blow them up or collect the Bazooka Crate to get a rocket launcher. From his edginess to his trademark wackiness, Crash is featured with a full move set and upgrade path based around his signature spin attack, as well as callbacks to his beloved past, including moves that incorporate exploding crates with 3-2-1 countdowns, wumpa fruit, jetpack attack from high in the air and more.
Crash in Skylanders Imaginators will merge elements fans have come to know and love with Skylanders Imaginators’ newest class of characters: Senseis. In Skylanders Imaginators, every Sensei has a devastating Sky-Chi attack — their most powerful move. Crash’s Sky-Chi attack is the ability to use a yo-yo to yank his enemies into a spin attack!
Famed voice actor Jess Harnell (DOC McSTUFFINS) reprises his role as Crash, further ensuring Skylanders Imaginators stays true to the Crash Bandicoot that fans have come to know and love. And that’s just beginning of the attention to detail in Skylanders Imaginators!
Skylanders® Imaginators empowers fans to unleash their imaginations by giving them the freedom to create their own Skylander. Portal Masters will enjoy the immense possibilities available in the game — including appearance, powers, abilities, names, catchphrases, musical themes and much more — to create the wildest Skylanders imaginable.
With the evil Kaos on a quest to take over Skylands using an unstoppable army of Doomlanders, it’s up to Portal Masters everywhere to use the power of imagination to create their own Skylanders – known as Imaginators – in order to defeat Kaos. Fighting alongside the Imaginators are the Senseis, powerful mystic warriors who are masters of ancient battle techniques.
In Skylanders Imaginators, a wormhole has opened in Skylands and the great Aku Aku appears! He comes to announce the once in two decades Synchronization Celebration. It is the time when all of the worlds align perfectly. They are having a huge celebration event in the Wumpa Islands and want to invite the Skylanders. But with Kaos on a quest to take over Skylands using his army of Doomlanders, the Skylanders must focus on stopping his evil plans. Never one to shy away from danger, the legendary marsupial Crash Bandicoot travels through the wormhole to join the Skylanders in the ultimate battle against Kaos!
Developed by Toys For Bob, Skylanders Imaginators supports all 300+ Skylanders from previous games and will launch on October 16, 2016 in North America. The Skylanders Imaginators Starter Pack Featuring Crash Bandicoot will be available exclusively for PlayStation® 4 and PlayStation® 3 at launch. The Crash toy will be playable across platforms.
Fans can pre-order Skylanders Imaginators Starter Pack Featuring Crash Bandicoot now at select retail destinations for the suggested retail price of $99.99 in North America. The Skylanders Imaginators Crash edition includes Crash Bandicoot as a playable toy, standard Starter Pack characters, a Creation Crystal, Portal of Power®, the full AAA game and more.