After successful remasters of several of their classic franchises were well-received by fans, Activision has said they intend to remaster and release more classics to keep the nostalgia train rolling.
Activision recently released Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (2017) and the Spyro Reignited Trilogy (2018), both of which were well received by fans.
In a recent earnings call on August 8, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick talked about the success of the remastered Crash and Spyro games and told fans to “stay tuned” for more remasters coming soon.
Kotick said on the call that the response from fans to remastered games so far has encouraged the publisher to bring even more classic games back.
“We have seen great results from remastering, some of these beloved games over the last couple of years,” he said. “If you look at Crash N. Sane Trilogy, Spyro Reignited Trilogy, and crash team racing. They're all incredible games and our teams have done a really great job in modernizing for today's platform.”
“I'd say stay tuned for some future announcements,” Kotick added, “But just beyond pure remasters, there are also a lot of opportunities now to innovate and think about totally new content within these IPs.”
One of Activision’s most popular Call of Duty games: Modern Warfare 2, has been rumored and wanted by fans since the PS4 and Xbox One were released - but besides some tantalizing online breadcrumbs, there is no solid info on a potential release date.
Call of Duty fans may be pining for the days of chaotic lobbies, scuffed microphones and ridiculously overpowered kill streaks in Modern Warfare 2, but it looks like they’ll have to wait a while longer for any juice.
Another IP now under the Activision umbrella is Warcraft and Blizzard gave fans of the RTS series plenty to be excited about when they announced a remaster for WarCraft 3 at BlizzCon 2018.
Since then though, fans have waited patiently to find out when they’ll be able to command the armies of Azeroth once more, but so far Blizzard hasn’t given any info on a potential release date.
Blizzard definitely likes to take their time to make sure they get games exactly how they want them to be before release, so hopefully Reforged will be worth the wait.
It’s clear Activision Blizzard want to keep remastering their extensive library of video game franchises, so it will be interesting to see what classic game comes back next.