Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy has been on UK retailers’ shelves for nearly two weeks, but the PS4 game is still proving incredibly popular with it being sold out pretty much everywhere both online and in brick-and-mortar stores.
The remastered collection of the original trio of Crash Bandicoot games is one of the PS4’s biggest hits of the year, with it shifting more copies in the UK in its first week on sale than Horizon Zero Dawn, Sony’s biggest new IP of 2017. This made it the biggest single-platform launch of the year, with it releasing exclusively on PS4. It is also the second biggest launch overall in the UK, with it now positioned just behind Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands.
Though many predicted that the game would be popular given how many had requested that Sony revive the series, no one imagined just how well it would be received by its UK audience, with it topping the region’s sales chart for the second week in a row and showing no signs of stopping any time soon. It’s the first game to have grabbed the number one spot two weeks in a row since last year’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
However, for those who haven’t yet picked up a copy the game remains difficult to obtain, with retailers running out of new stock almost as soon as they receive it. Earlier today I noticed that Amazon had received a new batch of stock, though it had disappeared within a few hours. Now the retailer is selling copies of the game from third-party sellers, with prices around the £50 mark. Other retailers such as Game, Tesco, ShopTo and more were also out of stock at the time of this writing.
As a result of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy‘s success, Activision have stated that they are looking at working on new Crash games. In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg said: “We are experimenting with Crash. We know there’s a vocal fanbase that wanted that to come back. But you never know if that is emblematic of a larger audience or just this niche, nostalgia-based community. So far, we are seeing some real passion for it, so that could lead to other things.”
He continued: “Of course, we are always trying to find the next big thing. But our first priority is to make sure we are servicing the communities that we are already lucky enough to have.”
Though developing a brand new Crash Bandicoot game from the ground up would inevitably be a more time-consuming and expensive task, it would be surprising if Activision didn’t give developers Vicarious Visions the go-ahead to create a sequel considering the N. Sane Trilogy‘s success. We imagine that this won’t be the last we see of the marsupial.