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PlayStation suggests Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy is a timed exclusive


After accidentally suggesting Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy was a permanent PS4 exclusive, PlayStation Ireland has reiterated that it’s coming to PlayStation 4 “first”. Reading between the lines, it sounds like Activision will have the option to release it on Xbox One, Switch, PC or any other platform when a timed exclusivity deal expires.

“To clarify our earlier post, it will be coming to PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro first,” said PlayStation Ireland on Twitter. That terminology has been used so far this generation to refer to a timed exclusive, such as Rise of the Tomb Raider, which was “first” on Xbox One and 360, then launched on PS4 a year later.

As Activision owns the rights to Crash Bandicoot, it’s very possible for the N. Sane Trilogy of remastered PS1 games to be released on Xbox One, or even Switch, if it’s able to run it. Such exclusivity deals normally last for 12 months — so don’t expect to see it on other platforms before June 2018 — and multi-platform releases generally aren’t confirmed until well after launch on the initial exclusive platform.

Basically, odds are Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will eventually be released for at least Xbox One, and perhaps other platforms, but don’t expect that to be confirmed any time soon, if it’s to happen.

Ben is an Australian games writer and pioneer in the use of the term "current-gen" to actually refer to the current-generation of consoles. He joined the Stevivor team in 2016 and has been to E3 five times, but can't really remember any of them. Gamertag / PSN ID: Gryllis.