Activision seems to be hinting at another big announcement for this Thursday’s Game Awards 2018, and it looks like they’re try to keep the nostalgia train a-rollin’.
Over the past few days, members of the gaming media, along with various influencers (YouTube, Twitch, etc), received a mysterious package containing a pair of fuzzy, orange dice along with a note stating “Sliding into the Game Awards on 12/6… -Anonymous”. While there is no confirmation on what the dice are officially pointing to, many believe that it is pointing to a remastered version of the cult-classic Crash Team Racing of original PlayStation fame.
This isn’t the first time that cryptic marketing has been done surrounding Activision and a nostalgia-induced announcement. Activision used the same marketing strategy last April in preparation for the recently released Spyro the Drago Reignited Trilogy, where the company sent out a mysterious purple, scaled egg with a message reading “Something’s about to hatch. -Falcon McBob”. ‘Falcon McBob’ was registered to a Twitter account that eventually was revealed to be the official account of the game, developed by Toys for Bob.
Rumors of a new Crash Bandicoot game have been swirling since the successful release of the once PlayStation mascot’s remastered trilogy on the PlayStation 4 in June 2017, and later Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC this past June.
Crash Team Racing, developed by Naughty Dog and published in-house by Sony Computer Entertainment, released in September 1999 as the answer to the enormously successful Mario Kart 64 on the Nintendo 64. The game received overall great reviews (holding an 88/100 on Metacritic still), and even leading to debate on if it is a better cart racer than its Nintendo rival.
For confirmation on what exactly Activision is teasing, tune into the Game Awards 2018 on Thursday, December 6th at 9 PM EST/6 PM PST.