Uncharted 4’s Crash Bandicoot Easter Egg Comes Full Circle in Animated Teaser

Coco seems stressed out by Uncharted 4's setpieces.

One of the standout moments from Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End comes in the form of Nathan Drake living a normal life with his wife Elena Fisher far away from his treasure hunting days. The whole segment has Nate doing normal person things like eating dinner from the comfort of his home, zoning out thinking about the good ol’ days of his youth, and eventually playing video games with Elena coaching him through the process. The game in question was none other than the original Crash Bandicoot, which you can play through an entire level of in-game. Nate can’t beat Elena’s high score, but you get a chance to try again in the game’s epilogue.

While Crash got its start over at Naughty Dog in 1996, the studio has since moved on to produce Jak and Daxter, five Uncharted games and more recently, a sequel to The Last of Us. As such, the team over at Toys for Bob is working on Crash Bandicoot these days and decided to send a little love to the original devs with an animated scene of Crash and Coco playing Uncharted 4 to bring the whole thing full circle. The short clip was uploaded to the official Crash Bandicoot social channels, which you can watch below:

While the video is very clearly an homage to Uncharted 4’s running gag, eagle eyed fans have picked up on what seem to be references to the future of Crash Bandicoot following the launch of Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time. The main thing to note here is there’s a sign in the background that says “Wumpa League,” which doesn’t actually reference anything specific in the Crash Bandicoot world. However, it might be hinting at a new competitive mode that could be coming to It’s About Time, or maybe even a new game entirely? At this point it’s unclear what’s going on, but it was deliberately put in a video with some viral potential, so Toys for Bob clearly wanted it to be seen.

In other news:

Crash Bandicoot and Uncharted were both featured in Astro’s Playroom, a pack-in platformer that launched alongside the PlayStation 5 earlier this month. The game paid a tribute to the PlayStation brand’s history, including nods to dozens of games and pieces of hardware from the past 26 years. If only PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale had been allowed to pay such a tribute, but at least Astro’s Playroom fills that particular void in one way.

While Naughty Dog left Crash Bandicoot behind a long time ago, the studio released its most recent game, The Last of Us Part II, on PlayStation 4 back in June. While the game hasn’t gotten a dedicated remaster on the system like Marvel’s Spider-Man, playing it on PlayStation 5 does have some technical perks, including faster loading times and it runs at 4K resolution. For more on that, check out Fanbyte’s spoilercast.