Gamers that have picked up the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy can now add a bit more to the game, as the Stormy Ascent level has now become available to download for free until August 19. The level was cut from the original Crash Bandicoot game because a developer thought it was too hard.
The Crash Bandicoot remakes got a good amount of “criticism” from various gaming news outlets that apparently thought it was harder than Dark Souls or the Binding of Isaac games, both games that are actually difficult and not games that were one of the codifiers for platformers. However, the Stormy Ascent level that’s now available for people to download might actually live up to that.
The reason that the level was cut was due to the inexperience of its developer, a man named Taylor Kurosaki. Still new to game development at the time, Taylor believed that it was fairly difficult for the game due to it being near the end of Crash Bandicoot, and thus at the higher end of the difficulty curve.
Taylor believed that he was a good judge for how difficult the level was because it was difficult even for him, since he knew how fast and far Crash could jump, and how slow the average player might be in making Crash jump.
With the level’s slippery platforms, strict timing requirements, and enemies placed in just the right way to make you frustrated, they might have a point in saying that the Stormy Ascent level was originally too hard for players.
However, since the level became available, a number of people have managed to beat the level, so it’s likely not as difficult nowadays as it would have been back when Crash Bandicoot was first developed. You can pick up the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy exclusively on the Playstation 4.