For years the rights and ownership of the Crash Bandicoot series has remained a remained a mystery. Several people seem to be under the illusion that Sony are still the owners and that Crash is still one of their chief mascots. Over the last 17 years Crash Bandicoot has bounced between no less than 8 developers and 6 publishers spanning over various gaming genres and console platforms, before ending up with Activision back in 2008. Sony’s original fan favourite mascot couldn’t be any less Sony if he tried.
Or could he?
A series of events have led many to believe that Sony have bought the rights to Crash Bandicoot back off Activision and that he maybe coming to the PS4. Three compelling bits of evidence have certainly suggested that Crash could be on his way home. First up is the recent Playstation 4 “For the Players” TV advert that has hit our screens. IGN did a breakdown of all the references to Sony’s major franchises (past, future and present) throughout the advert, but even their eagle eyes missed something. Reddit editor cocobandicoot spotted a street sign within the advert, which features Crash himself.
Now this could easily mean that Sony have the co-operation of Activision and both parties agreed to allow Crash to feature in the advert, if it wasn’t for the second piece of evidence.
Recently Activision have effectively removed all references to Crash from their website, except in their archives section, and have even taken down the Crash Bandicoot website altogether. So far Activision have yet to comment on the changes. Is this part of the agreement with Sony?
Finally, according to Gamepur, the online retailer Amazon France recently advertised a pre-order for new Crash Bandicoot game on PS4. This has since been removed.
However, judging by the artwork many people are sceptical and believe this to be a fake.
Should the rumours be true, what really needs to be asked is – why now? It’s no lie that Crash Bandicoot’s popularity has waned over the years and with the likes of popular franchise such as Skylanders and Lego, the platform market has become a little fierce. Hardly any new or revamped platformer seems to get the credit it deserves. Even Sony’s recently revamped Sly Cooper didn’t hit the dizzy heights it once reached, despite being a wonderful game. Should Sony even bother revitalising this forgotten hero? If the makers of The Last of Us, Uncharted and Jak & Daxter, Naughty Dog, were to take the reins once more – then maybe…..just maybe.