In which we talk about Crash Bandicoot 4 (!)

General / 02 October 2020


Greeeeeeeeeeetings, lovely friends!

You may have seen us share screenshots and trailers for Crash Bandicoot 4: It's about Time, but did you notice that we never actually said that we've been actively working on this? Well, as they say [editor's note: don't do it...], as of today, the Crash is out of the bag [editor's note: ...] and we can proudly announce that, yes, we totally were actively working on this!

You probably had figured as much. :3

First of all, the biggest of virtual group hugs needs to be directed towards our friends at Toys for Bob. It was our second collaboration with them after Spyro: Reignited Trilogy, and once again it has been an amazing experience. Thanks for the feedback, the trust, that large degree of freedom we once again got to enjoy, for roping in our concept artists super-early for visual development and theme ideation, and for being an all-around supportive crew with an attitude that enables everyone bring their a-game to the table! It's been a joyful ride from start to finish, and that's something we'll never take for granted. And a big, big, big shout-out to all the other artists we got to work with on this, many of which had also contributed to Spyro. Toys for Bob and Activision indeed had put the band back together. We're delighted by the results, and once again TfB managed to deliver something that stays true to its roots while also expanding the scope and putting their own spin to it.

As was the case with Spyro: Reignited Trilogy, Airborn was back in action to do environment concepts on a good number of Crash 4 levels with input from Toys for Bob and the wiggleroom to go bold and wide. Some of which our 3D environment team then got to take under their wing and build full 3D levels to be shipped off to TfB for them to do their integration and gameplay magic. Not to mention the character team which had a blast doing 3D work based on concepts from wonderful folks like Nicholas Kole and Nicola Saviori among others. So. Much. Good. Work. And thus, please give it up to the superb bunch who was involved on our end:

Environment Concepts:

Johannes Figlhuber (Lead)
Simon Kopp (Lead)
Jean-Brice Dugait
Max Degen
Brun Croes
Jakob Eirich
Ilka Hesche
Thomas Michaud
Géraud Soulié

3D Environments:

Benjamin Sauder (Lead)
Manuel Virks (Lead)
Anthony Garcellano
Benjamin Sauer
Frédéric Fouque
Gabriel Hanna
Jan Wyss
Jonas Kunert
Rodrigo Mizuno
Kevin Skok
Svenja Rösner

3D Characters:
Tim Moreels  (Lead)
Agelos Apostolopoulos
Florentine Postema
Johan Mai
Yuri Konoplov
Alexandra Graap
Joao Sapiro Josue
Jonas Kunert


Boris Patschull (Managing Director)
Steffen Unger (Managing Director & 3D Characters)
Julian Dasgupta (Project Manager)

Expect a load of portfolio output in the weeks to come! For now we picked a few images previously released by Activision which show some of the work we got to do on the game. Art nerds might want to take note that the Art of Crash Bandicoot 4 is set to ship later this month.

Environment concepts & 3D work done by Airborn Studios

3D Character work done by Airborn Studios (Tim Moreels)

Environment concepts & 3D work done by Airborn Studios

3D character work  on Crash skin done by Airborn Studios (Tim Moreels)

3D character work  on boss enemy done by Airborn Studios (Tim Moreels)

3D creature work done by Yuri Shust

3D character work  on T-Rex done by Airborn Studios (Tim Moreels)

Oh, and last but not least: Tim Moreels and Manuel Virks did the fur treatment on this fella. :)

Have a great weekend and, perhaps, play some Crash Bandicoot 4?

The Art of Spyro Reignited Trilogy - out and available!

General / 07 August 2020

Hey everyone! Well, look at that!

Yes, the fine folks of Toys for Bob have sent over a copy of the brandnew The Art of Spyro Reignited Trilogy! Which is a good thing since the delivery of the version we had ordered online got pushed back to late September. Ahem.

As you can see, it's splendidly comprehensive and jam-packed with art goodies that had not been publicized so far along with some behind-the-scenes explanations. Worth the wait and certainly a fountain of insight for dedicated Spyro fans!

Big shout-out to Micky Neilson, Josh Nadelberg and all the other people who helped get this wonderful thing made. With regards to Airbornians, you can see plenty of work from Johannes Figlhuber, Simon Kopp, Jakob Eirich, Mario Manzanares, and Géraud Soulié. As you may guess based on the size, there's also a TON of output from the other terrific artists who contributed to the Spyro Reignited Trilogy.

This fabulous art book is available on Amazon and possibly any other flavor of book shop you may prefer. Might want to take a peek! Also, keep an eye out for upcoming portfolio drops. :)

A bit of context for those who are not that familiar with our involvement in the trilogy: Airborn Studios had the pleasure of contributing plenty of environment concept work as well as 3D character and environment work. Some of which you can already see here. Tip to the hat to Toys for Bob for having us along for the ride!

Note: the print quality is superb. Any grain you can see in the images is down to the camera.