[E3 2017] Q&A: Sony chief on Crash Bandicoot, his favorite game, and VR

LOS ANGELES, USA – Shuhei Yoshida, the president of Sony Worldwide Studios, sat down with members of the Southeast Asian press during the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2017 (E3), to talk about the upcoming games for the PlayStation platform. 

One of the names that came up was Crash Bandicoot, a beloved PlayStation mascot who starred in a series of games and rose to fame with the original PlayStation in the '90s.

Crash – the brainchild of Naughty Dog studios, which now creates the critical hits Uncharted and Last Of Us series – became such a hit in the '90s that he became the unofficial, de facto mascot for the original PlayStation, overshadowing the official mascot, "Polygon Man." Crash was at the top of the videogame pop culture heap along with Sega's Sonic, Nintendo's Mario or Square Enix Europe's (then known as Eidos Interactive) Lara Croft back then. 

This year, Crash returns in Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy, a remastered collection of the 3 original Crash games. 

Yoshida, as he reveals in the interview, was actually the original localization producer for the Japanese market for the original trio as well as Crash Team Racing. The game, which comes out on June 30, is said to have been tweaked for modern times. It's a bit easier with features like autosaves, has a time attack mode for all games, which formerly was found only in the 3rd game, and of course, the graphics have been made prettier. 

Along with that, Yoshida reveals that while he has a lot of favorite games, he mentioned Bloodborne as a recent favorite. He also answered a few questions about the PlayStation's virtual reality platform, the PlayStation VR (PSVR); his use of social media; Monster Hunter; and Sony's focus on trailers at this year's E3 showcase. – Rappler.com

Gelo Gonzales

Gelo Gonzales is Rappler’s technology editor. He covers consumer electronics, social media, emerging tech, and video games.