The Activision vault is opening a bit further, thanks to the popularity of its recent remasters. In the Q&A section of Activision's recent financial earnings call, CEO Bobby Kotick implied more remasters might be on the way.
Kotick responded to a question about future remasters, saying Activision has seen "great results" from remaking or remastering older games. The success seen from sales of games like the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy could lead to even more Activision games getting remastered.
"[The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy] sold through over 10 million copies," Kotick says. "So they are 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. So now, what I'd say, stay tuned for some future announcements."
It sounds like the gears are already turning for more remasters, but the question is which ones? There are a lot of games in the back catalog to choose from, like FromSoftware developed card-based RPG Lost Kingdom, or a Shrek revival in the vein of THQ Nordic's remake of cult classic SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom. If this somehow pivots to a return of the Tony Hawk series—and an actually good one this time—this could be pretty awesome.
Activision is expected to dip a little after losing Destiny 2 to a newly independent Bungie, and there's also less manpower following a massive bout of layoffs. If Crash really is such a blockbuster years later, it's worth taking the time to see if there are other franchises worth pulling out of the vault.