Activision has confirmed that more remakes and remasters are on the way.

Activision hosted its Q2 2019 investors briefing on August 9th, 2019. During the update, the publisher shared higher than expected profits for the quarter, albeit still lower than 2018’s Q2. A highlight on the agenda (via Yahoo! Finance) was the commercial and critical success of Crash Team Racing, which helped them achieve these numbers. As the company opened up a Q&A, one investor inquired about the state of Activision’s remastered games strategy. Rob Kostich, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Call of Duty, addressed this.

According to Kostich, the success of Crash N. Sane Trilogy, Spyro Reignited and Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is wonderous. He praised the teams working on the games for being able to adapt them to modern audiences so well. He then highlighted how the warm reception also helped push Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy to over 10 million copies sold. He then teased that there are a number of older franchises that Activision believes fans would like to experience again.

“And I’d say, for example, if you look at Crash N. Sane Trilogy, that one sold through over 10 million copies. So, they’re obviously having a big impact on our bottom line and a real impact there, but I’d say what’s really important is that it’s reaffirming the enduring nature of these franchises for us and as you mentioned, when you look at our IP library, we think there’s a lot of IP in there. The fans are going to want to experience again.”

Kostich was quick to clarify that remasters aren’t the only thing it’s banking on to sustain resurrected series like Crash and Spyro. Their success has also provided Activision with opportunities to innovate within each property, so it sounds as if new content is en route for fans of the bandicoot and dragon. That’s not to say that more remakes won’t happen under each franchise, but there are at least plans for something new.

“So on that one, I’d say stay tuned for some future announcements, but just beyond pure remasters, there are also a lot of opportunities now to innovate and think about totally new content within these IPs. So as we think about it, there is a lot of growth opportunities for the business over time within Activision based on our library of IP. And frankly more broadly, across the company, where the company did collectively have the ton of great IP.”

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Activision’s historical heavy-hitters have long been its licensed games, and that remains the case even now. Attention then turns to whether or not it can get the rights to revisit them. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater would be a fantastic series to see a return to. The only variable is that the skateboarding icon partnered with another company to launch the mobile-only Tony Hawk’s Skate Jam in 2018. This could mean that this resurrection isn’t on the table if exclusivity terms were signed.

Spider-Man 2 would also be fantastic to revisit, but the license is currently sitting pretty with PlayStation and Insomniac Games. When it comes to IP that Activision actually owns, there are franchises like Starcraft, Pitfall, Guitar Hero and even Zork to return to. Perhaps those titles will get their due in time.

Of course, there are still plenty of Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon games to remaster. A PS1-era classic that comes to mind is Crash Bash as it would benefit greatly from a little polish and refinement. Heck, maybe even a return to Skylanders sans toys is on the table for the company. Upon reflection, that would be a good way to unite Crash and Spyro under one banner for a joint adventure.

Only time will tell what Activision has planned for future remakes and remasters. With that said, it’s good to know that the publisher is also looking at innovating within each franchise through new content. There’s no denying that we’re long overdue for a new platformer in the Crash Bandicoot series.