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Xbox finally reviving a series we haven't seen in too long

Xbox finally reviving a series we haven't seen in too long

It's about time!

When it comes to iconic platformers, there are not many as popular as the Crash Bandicoot series from publisher Activision and current series developer, Toys for Bob.

The first Crash Bandicoot was developed by Uncharted and The Last of Us studio Naughty Dog and was primarily known as a PlayStation series. However, in the following years, the Crash series saw many releases across a variety of platforms including PC, Nintendo and Xbox.

Check out the Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time trailer below!

Not including recent spin-off titles Crash Team Rumble and Crash Bandicoot: On the Run, it’s been a minute since we’ve had a mainline entry in the series. The last being Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time in 2020 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, before arriving on other platforms the following year.

It hasn't been confirmed when the next Crash game will arrive but when it does, it will be the first entry in the series to be released since Microsoft acquired publisher Activision. It also remains to be seen whether Crash Bandicoot 5 will be an Xbox exclusive or a multiplatform title, only time will tell.

That being said, perhaps to help us get into the spirit of when Crash Bandicoot 5 arrives, Microsoft is apparently giving the series somewhat of a revival with reports suggesting that Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy could soon be headed to Xbox Game Pass, followed by the fourth numbered entry.

According to industry leaker eXtas1s via eXputer forums and Jez Corden of Windows Central, the remastered collection which includes the original games in the Crash Bandicoot series is arriving on Xbox Game Pass next month. It’s also believed that the likes of Spyro Reignited Trilogy and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 are also coming to Microsoft’s subscription service, which we know will be joined by Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 later in the year.

Of course, these reports are unconfirmed at this time, so we should take them with a pinch of salt until proven otherwise. Yet, given the fact that Microsoft now owns Crash Bandicoot, Spyro and the Tony Hawks properties, it makes sense that they will likely arrive on Xbox Game Pass one day to boost those subscription numbers.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 6, which will be released on PC, PlayStation and Xbox on 10 October 2024. It will also launch day one on Xbox Game Pass.

Featured Image Credit: Microsoft

Topics: Crash Bandicoot, Activision, Activision Blizzard, Xbox, Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X