Crash Bandicoot is a beloved PlayStation franchise, and all of us have been wishing for a new one for years. It looks like we’ll need to keep wishing. Adam Boyes, a VP of publisher relations at Sony, has bad news for all of us Crash fans.
@tulupowdan yes, as I’ve said before Activision owns the rights to Crash Bandicoot
— Adam Boyes (@amboyes) May 8, 2016
Why is Crash Bandicoot back in the news? Because Naughty Dog, the creators of Crash Bandicoot, is finally releasing Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End this week. As expected, Uncharted 4 is receiving critical acclaim. The Metacritic is sitting at 94, and it looks like Uncharted 4 is a fitting end to the Nathan Drake saga. I’ll be firing up my PS4 as soon as it releases.
As for Crash Bandicoot? Two years ago, Naughty Dog’s Arne Meyer said “it’s never off the table,” when asked about the return of Crash. Meyer also touched on if it was the right time to bring Crash back. “Is it something that makes sense to us now? I mean, we still have people that worked on the Crash games in the studio. We never forget our past and it’d be great for nostalgic reasons.”
A tweet from the PlayStation Middle East Twitter account also stirred the pot for a new Crash.
أكثر شخص مطلوب… أين أنت يا كراش؟ pic.twitter.com/aj85Ap018v
— PlayStation Mid East (@PlayStation_ME) February 6, 2016
It translates to, “Most wanted person… where are you Crash?”
Yeah, it may never be off the table – but it pretty much is for as long as Activision owns the rights. Unless Activision, Sony and Naughty Dog all decide to team up for the game. Which I don’t see happening anytime soon.
Our best bet for a Crash revival would be for Sony to buy the rights from Activision. PlayStation fans would go crazy (me too) if that ends up being one of Sony’s announcements at E3.
Right now, the prospects of a new Crash Bandicoot aren’t looking so hot. But we all know how quickly things can change. If a Crash Bandicoot game is in the works, Sony isn’t about to announce it in response to a Twitter question.
In the meantime, let’s just sit back relive a tiny piece of our childhoods.