In March of next year, Dark Horse will publish The Crash Bandicoot Files: How Willy the Wombat Sparked Marsupial Mania by Jason Rubin and Andy Gavin, a deluxe hardcover reproduction of Naughty Dog’s original Crash Bandicoot developer’s bible.
Reproducing Naughty Dog’s original design document for Crash Bandicoot from the best available sources, this unique volume features original concept illustrations and includes a foreword from Crash’s creators to lend insight into how Crash Bandicoot came to be the unforgettable videogame character he is today. This tome is sure to please all who possess a thirst for imagination and curiosity surrounding the creation of games.
Take a rare glimpse into the making of a videogame icon, and gain a first-hand taste of the undistilled creativity that brought Crash, Cortex, Aku Aku, and the rest of your favorite characters to millions of screens around the world!
Since the first Zelda volume, Hyrule Histories, became a massive seller, Dark Horse has created an almost cottage industry in creating these deluxe volumes looking at the artwork and development behind some of video games’ biggest hits — and has had competitors following suit.
Crash Bandicoot was created by Gavin and Rubin, then of Naughty Dog for Sony Computer Entertainment, originally exclusive to the PlayStation. Since then, the series has appeared on multiple platforms and gone through various developers and spans numerous genres, comprised of 18 games.
Mostly set on the fictitious Wumpa Islands, an archipelago situated to the south of Australia, the main games in the series are largely platformers, but several are spinoffs in different genres. The protagonist of the series is an anthropomorphic bandicoot named Crash, whose quiet life on the Wumpa Islands is often interrupted by the games’ main antagonist, Doctor Neo Cortex, who created Crash and wants him dead. In most games, Crash must defeat Cortex and foil his plans for world domination.
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