Activision Blizzard has confirmed plans to release “several remastered and reimagined” titles later this year.
During its fourth quarter earnings call on Thursday, chief financial officer Dennis Durkin teased plans to follow-up the company’s recent success modernising classic IPs.
“Our business units will continue to tap into our portfolio of beloved IP to bring several remastered and reimagined experiences to our players in 2020, which we will announce closer to launch,” he said.
Update: An unannounced Crash Bandicoot mobile game from Candy Crush maker King has seemingly leaked, including the screenshots below, ahead of an official announcement.
Original story continues: During the publisher’s second quarter earnings call in August 2019, Activision president Robert Kostich said the company had seen “great results” from remastering some its games over the last few years.
“If you look at Crash N. Sane Trilogy, Spyro Reignited Trilogy and Crash Team Racing, there’re all incredible games that our teams have done a really great job at modernising for today’s platforms.
“The player response to each of these has been fantastic and I’d say for example, if you look at Crash N. Sane Trilogy, that one has 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.”
Kostich added: “When you look at our IP library, we think there’s a lot of IP in there that fans are going to want to experience again, so on that one, I’d say stay tuned for some future announcements.”
During the publisher’s earnings call on Thursday, Activision said it’s currently working on mobile games for all its “most important” franchises.
It also claimed that 2020’s premium Call of Duty game is already “generating excitement” in playtests, while Blizzard president J. Allen Brack addressed widespread criticism of Warcraft 3: Reforged following the game’s late January release.