The original Crash Bandicoot's hidden level, Stormy Ascent is now available for the N. Sane Trilogy remaster as DLC from the PlayStation store.
N. Sane Trilogy developer, Vicarious Visions made the announcement at its panel during San Diego Comic Con.
Game director, Dan Tanguay spoke with original Naughty Dog developer, Taylor Kurosaki about the level, which the latter designed.
"I was new to games and game design back then; I didn’t have a great understanding of a difficulty curve," said Kurosaki. "This level was so close to the end of the game and, you guessed it, it ended up being insanely difficult."
The difficulty led to Stormy Ascent being cut from the final product, but the level remained hidden on the game disc. It was only discovered by fans using GameShark, and even then players encountered a buggy level with only one checkpoint.
Described as the "sister level" to Slippery Climb, both levels share the same assets, although Stormy Ascent is roughly four times longer than any other level in the original game.
So why is Stormy Ascent making its way to a game that is already harder than the original? Kurosaki noted "in 2017, games like Dark Souls and Bloodborne are all the rage," adding that "people like games that are difficult! We were so ahead of the curve!"
Vicarious Visions recently noted that the remaster is in fact harder than the original titles, something that doesn't seem to be hindering the title's success.
Those that own the N. Sane Trilogy can download Stormy Ascent for free until August 19. While those yet to get in on the action can purchase their copy from Mighty Ape.