New Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy DLC Contains Secret Unreleased Level ‘Stormy Ascent’ (VIDEO)
Once upon a time, there was an extremely difficult level of Crash Bandicoot that players could access only with a Gameshark cartridge. That happened to be Stormy Ascent, an unfinished level the developers were unable to erase from the game before release. Now, once more, players can get in on the action with new DLC for Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.
This was recently announced by Vicarious Visions, all while coinciding with a panel at SDCC in which both original and N. Sane Trilogy developers shared their experiences and memories of making the Crash Bandicoot games. Also released was a blog post in which Taylor Kurosaki, one of the members of the original Crash Bandicoot game who helped design the Stormy Ascent level, and N. Sane Trilogy director Dan Tanguay sat down to answer questions about the unforgiving misery.
Kurosaki explained during the post that the team came from various backgrounds in the gaming industry and often took on multiple roles during development. He was new to the industry himself and was unfamiliar with the concept of difficulty curves which led to the design of Stormy Ascent. Dan Tanguay also praised the level for its challenging nature, explaining that the N. Sane Trilogy team understood and shared the fans’ desire to see the level remastered. It was built from the ground up which is similar to the rest of the remaster, however, while most of the remaster has increased the challenge of many levels, the difficulty of Stormy Ascent was largely untouched outside of making it playable.
The Stormy Ascent level is currently available to play for free. After the first month of its availability, however, the DLC will be priced at $3. In addition to the previously unreleased level, Vicarious Visions has also announced at SDCC that a 150-page original design document for the first game will be released next March by Dark Horse Comics. Let us know your thoughts on the Stormy Ascent level and the Crash Bandicoot remaster’s difficulty in the comments section below. As always, don’t forget to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter for 24/7 coverage of all things gaming and entertainment.
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