Back when the original Crash Bandicoot was in development, a particularly difficult level was coded, finished and then dummied out. The recent remake of the Crash trilogy contains everything the first three games had….and soon it will contain something they didn’t. Stormy Ascent, AKA the lost level of Crash, will be offered soon for the N-Same Trilogy via DLC.
Stormy Ascent WAS accessible from the Crash Bandicoot disc, but it required a hacking device like Gameshark to get running. The level was made inaccessible at the last minute. “As we prepared to deliver our Gold Master to Sony for manufacturing, the decision was made to cut it,” says Taylor Kurosaki. “It was playable, but just too damn difficult, and we ran out of time to make it easier. It remained on the disc as it was less risky just leaving it rather than trying to remove it. It was basically hidden, but it was there.”
Some people have complained that the updated physics engine actually makes the old Crash levels more difficult to play. That will definitely be the case for Stormy Ascent, which was difficult to begin with. “In 2017, games like Dark Souls and Bloodborne are all the rage,” says Kurosaki. “People like games that are difficult! We were so ahead of the curve!”
Stormy Ascent will be offered as free DLC starting today and only for the next 30 days.