Rumor: Sony has acquired Crash Bandicoot [Update]
posted on 11.22.13 at 01:07 PM EDT by (@salromano)
But, you know, take it with a lot of salt and stuff.

Here’s a fun rumor (that we hope to almighty is true)—Crash Bandicoot might be leaving Activision for Sony. Here’s the story.

Last week, a PlayStation 4 launch trailer featured subtle imagery suggesting Crash was ‘going to’ Sony. Have a look at the image on the right. To the left, you’ll see the shot from the trailer, and to the right, what it seems to suggest.

Some are saying they see the Activision logo on the trash bin, but frankly, I don’t. Though, the trash bin might suggest the series leaving the dump (there hasn’t been a new Crash since 2008, suggesting Activision might have retired the series).

Then yesterday, Reddit user CocoBandicoot reported Activision removing all traces of Crash Bandicoot from its official website (try looking for yourself, there’s nothing), and shutting down the official Crash Bandicoot website.

Asked on Twitter if a Crash Bandicoot game for PlayStation 4 was in the cards, Sony Computer Entertainment VP of publisher and developer relations Adam Boyes said, “Activision owns the IP, so you should ask them about it…”

So editor David Scammell did just that. He reported on Twitter, “Earlier today I asked Activision whether it still held the rights to the Crash Bandicoot license. Answer: ‘No comment.'”

Obviously, this is all just a big rumor for now. So take it with a load of salt. But it should be fun to see where this goes, if it goes anywhere at all.

Thanks, NeoGAF.

Update: Activision has told Game Informer that it still owns the Crash Bandicoot IP.

“Activision owns Crash Bandicoot and we continue to explore ways in which we could bring the beloved series back to life,” a representative said.

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  • Zero

    Gosh, I sure hope so. I would love to see Naughty Dog make a new Crash game. I loved the series back when I was younger. So much nostalgia flowing in my head just thinking about it. ^^

    • drproton

      I don’t think it needs to be Naughty Dog, but a Crash game given the love and respect it deserves would be wonderful. Naughty Dog’s current production pipeline seems more suited to the cinematic games with realistic art styles they’ve done for the past 7 years.

      Sanzaru or maybe one of the groups from Japan studio would be well suited to it. The Knack team would probably be able to do it justice if they weren’t as limited in time and scope as they were for the PS4 launch. Though I liked that game quite a bit contrary to the critical consensus.

    • abysswalker

      As long as it retains its cartoonish charm count me in

      • EX+

        I’m sure it’ll be cel-shaded or stylized in some way.

    • EX+

      I didn’t play that much Crash when I was a little kid. But I played enough to know that it’s a great franchise. That is one clever ass easter egg though.

    • Arcana Gear

      I would love some crash! i played them a LOT when i was a child, and it was a game where it was hard and fun, the level design was hard enough to give game overs to a lot of people, but it was interesting enough to make everyone want to replay it. Only was able to clear one and three.. two was hardcore ><

  • GetOffMy_Lawn

    Gamers’ reaction:

    • LordKaiser

      See her in Kingdom Hearts III

  • BizarreJelly

    Should never have left Sony/Naughty Dog in the first place.

    • drproton

      It was always part of Universal Interactive, which was unfortunately bought by Vivendi.

  • DarthBrian

    I hope this is true.

  • McPoo

    I dunno if I like this nostalgia kick Sony are trying to go on.

    I find it very hard to believe that a new Crash game will come close to being as good as the ones I played when I was a kid.

  • MrRobbyM

    I enjoyed Crash Bandicoot back in the day but they should just leave him where he is. I just don’t see how they can bring back his former glory and any sad attempt at trying to revive Crash would feel like beating a dead horse.

    I think I’d be fine with a remake of the first few games or something but otherwise, I say leave him be.

    • $18114340

      (Assuming this rumor is true)

      I don’t expect Sony to really go anywhere with Crash, not in the same way they use Uncharted or Killzone. Really, I think his time in the spotlight has passed. What I’m more optimistic about is Sony using Crash as an icon and making smaller games with him.

      I feel that if Sony really leverages their brands they could make a good sequel to Playstation All-Stars. Except this time with actual Playstation characters, rather than brand shoe-ins. How convenient that new Dante is in the game when old Dante is arguably more iconic.

      The other side to this is that there’s a symbiotic relationship there. When Nintendo put Pit into Brawl, there was enough of a positive reaction that they made a new Kid Icarus game that jumpstarted the brand. The possibility remains that this could be done with Crash. Furthermore, Crash is more of Sony’s “Mario” than any other brand they have, in my opinion. He’s kid-friendly but has that Sony-brand personality. The characters are iconic and there are a lot of them. No other property that Sony owns could be used as successfully in a variety of party games like kart racers and the like. Sony has their Mario back, which I think is good.

      The important thing is, Crash is where he belongs (if this is true) and now Sony can actually do something with him instead of letting the property rot with Activision.

      • MrRobbyM

        I agree. Sony doesn’t really have an icon, which they are in desperate need of.

        I could see Crash being in All-Stars 2 if Sony does make one with a bigger budget and not let a mediocre studio handle it…but that’s besides the point.

        So the good news is that Crash is hopefully now with Sony. The only thing now is to see what Sony does with him.

    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      You don’t want hardcore and edgy crash who smokes, drinks and wears a wife beater?

  • $18114340

    YES! Quick, grab Spyro!

    Wait, Skylanders. Nope. Damn it.

    • Elvick

      To be fair, Skylanders is now basically it’s own thing.

      It’s basically a prison for Spyro now though. They were too afraid to just market a new IP, so slapped him on in there. Now he’s just there.

    • MrFinalgamer

      maybe activision might let sony make a game, but it’ll most likely involve his ugly new design

  • RSene

    You know the first time i saw this rumor, I didn’t even care about. But after seing that easter egg and how smart it was made – as least for me – then everything changed. Really, the easter egg got me into the news more that the rumor itself.

  • Budgiecat

    Can they please acquire Shenmue too and announce that

    • HighBrowDrifter

      And for fugsake get some o’that Spyro back!

  • DarkLegacy

    I hope they do make a new Crash game. I have played Crash when I was younger and I enjoyed it’s franchise

  • Elvick

    If true, awesome as hell. Now put the PSone games on PS Vita*.

    If not, not surprised. Now put the PSone games on PS Vita*.

    *in North America

    • MrFinalgamer

      Spyro too! and FFV. with that one i can finally have FF I-IX (X in the future!) in one machine…portable Final Fantasy & Persona machine FTW

      • Elvick

        Those as well. I’m really bummed that SCEA isn’t doing their job well. I mean, if there’s some other reason other than their laziness, they should say so. Otherwise, it just seems (as usual) that they’re half assing it.

    • ArmoredBoar

      Ugh I was so pissed when I discovered the day I bought my Vita (two weeks ago) that I couldn’t even get CTR on it.
      I envy Eurostralians.

      • Elvick

        I know, it’s a shame. D: I want some CTR action~

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  • Zancrow

    Mod – Post removed by accident. Restored.

    • DarthNemesis

      I have to ask a mod to remove that pic.

      • Zancrow


        • Arcana Gear

          Cuteness overload XDDD
          Speaking seriously, i dont see why.

        • Sevyne

          Because fun is illegal.

    • Warboss Aohd

      dat iz far funnier den it haz any right to be.

      i love it.

  • ayb_91

    Toldcha !

  • Jared Carter

    The should also acquire(if true) the following:
    The Mark of Kri
    Breath of Fire
    Arc the Lad
    Dino Crisis
    Vagrant Story

    If the y already own one or more of these franchises, then they should make a new game.

    • badmoogle

      Arc the Lad always belonged to Sony.

  • Tetsu

    Too bad Retro Studios isn’t 3rd party, they’d be a perfect fit for bringing Crash to next-gen.

  • LordKaiser

    Maybe Mark Cerny wants the IP.

  • Raiu
  • Ultimasamune

    What? Could it be true? Are we going to get a remake of the best local multiplayer racer of all time!?

  • badmoogle

    They should have got Spyro instead! :(
    But this is great for Crash fans and i hope the rumour it true. :)

    • artemisthemp

      Doubt Activision will give Spyro, since they need him for Skylanders series.

  • artemisthemp
    • Sal Romano

      Dream destroyed.

      Updated post.

  • Gigus

    Nope. Maybe sony and Activision could be collaborating for an exclusive though with crash franchise.

  • badmoogle

    *Reads the update*

    So maybe Sony got an exclusive deal with Activision?Something like what Nintendo did with Bayonetta 2? Bayonetta still remains a SEGA IP even though Nintendo will be publishing the game.

    It’s the only explanation i can give otherwise that sign doesn’t really make sense.

  • Matt Dickinson

    I saw someone the other day making a plea for Gex to return.

  • Rafael Martines

    “Activision owns Crash Bandicoot and we continue to explore ways in which we could bring the beloved series back to life”… or back to the hall of the shame :( Since only Naughty Dog made awesome games from the franchise

  • Learii

    how about the green trash can?

    is that “Activision trash can”