UPDATE: Well, there it is. The rumor was true, and the release date is June 30th!
The Activision Twitter account is teasing some kind of announcement today, February 16th. With text that simply reads "Don't miss tomorrow's announcement" and a set of crates set in what appears to be a date format, we are very likely looking at the announcement of the release date for the upcoming N. Sane Trilogy.
Curt and I played through the first three Crash Bandicoot games for the opening weeks of our YouTube channel, and during that playthrough I realized just how important the games were to me as a child. I hadn't picked them up in at least 14 years at that point, yet as we played I felt old synapses firing and thick dust cleaned away as every box and bend and snipping crabby brought back what little bit of joy I experienced in my youth. As we proceeded into the second and third games I also realized with great delight that the games were holding up on their own, and remained a joy to play even as an adult.
At one point in our playthrough I mentioned that I wanted exactly what the N. Sane trilogy is promising: remakes of the first three games with all the original geometry and updated graphics. I also wanted improvements from the second and third games (improved controls, manual save systems, time trials, etc.) to be brought over to the first title, as that was the only one which felt in need of much mechanical improvement. Whether we will receive those improvement remains to be seen, but for now I'm excited for the possibility of seeing Crash in a whole new light.
I'll update this post later today to reflect whatever the announcement ends up being. Hopefully it doesn't turn out to be a Crash Bandicoot infinite runner.