Early in December Sony released a trailer at PSX 2016 for the upcoming 2017 release of the Crash Bandicoot Nsane Trilogy, a complete remaster of the popular PlayStation series, whose first game was released in 1996 and developed by Naughty Dog, subsequent sequels Cortex Strikes Back and Warped were released in 1997 and 1998.
And now it seems that the release date may be estimated to be within the next couple of months. According to the Brazilian retailer website Ziliongames.com.br, the remastered trilogy will be released at the end of February giving us a spring release, although there are speculations that this might not be the official release due to the release of Horizon: Zero Dawn on the 1st March in the UK.
UK retailor GAME still has the Crash Bandicoot release date as TBC-2017, whilst offering a pre-order price of £49.99, meaning that while the price is definite the release date is still up in air and waiting for confirmation from Sony. It could be that Zilliongames have put in a placeholder date meaning that the game could still get a Spring release perhaps around early-to-mid March, although choosing the 28th February is a very specific one when other retailers have it estimated at the end of 2017 or TBC-2017.
This is not the first time in which games that have yet to be developed or just announced have been given estimated release times. Death Stranding the upcoming game from Hideo Kojima, already has a pre-order page on Amazon with a price- of £49.99 and no official release date, despite having not entered development yet.
Whether or not the release on Ziliongames is official or not, confirmation from Sony will still be needed to verify this release date and if it proves to be official, spring could see the return of Crash Bandicoot and his long struggle against nemesis Doctor Neo Cortex on the Playstation 4 after 21 years.