Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy has received an update, which includes the first new level created for any of the original games in 20 years.
The new stage is called Future Tense, it's playable in the N. Sane Trilogy's version of Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, and it's a completely original creation on the part of developer Vicarious Visions. The level's based on some ideas and concepts original developer Naughty Dog had in motion during the development of the original Crash Bandicoot; a blog post on the official PlayStation website describes how Future Tense "[pays] homage to the Crash Bandicoot cut Waterfall level in a few ways". The new stage is completely free of charge for original N. Sane Trilogy owners and is part of all new versions, including those for the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
Future Tense will see players "ascending a giant skyscraper in an urban jungle", as well as navigating "the iconic "Waterwheel" hazard from the cut level". Players will be able to complete the level without unlocking all of Crash's abilities in Warped. The new stage will also come complete with a bonus area, a "death route", and a platinum time-trial relic for players to chase. Future Tense marks the second new level added to the N. Sane Trilogy, after the cut Crash Bandicoot Stormy Ascent level was restored, remastered and added to the game at no additional charge last year.
PS4 owners of the N. Sane Trilogy can also enjoy some extra features which have been added to this version of the game. First up, the game's loading times have been improved thanks to the PS4's new "Nitro" loading technology, allowing the N. Sane Trilogy to "[load] level content into memory predictively while you play". Secondly, PS4 players can enjoy HDR support, as long as their TVs support it. This feature will automatically be enabled once the game starts, if both TV and PS4 detect compatibility. You'll need a PS4 Pro to take advantage of the HDR function, though.
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