Rumours swirled this weekend that Sony had picked up the rights to its erstwhile mascot, Crash Bandicoot and would be resurrecting the poor fellow. It would have been great; they could have given it back to its home at Naughty Dog, and given us a new bit of bandicoot platform action. It is however, not to be.
Nope. Activision still owns the rights to the franchise – and has no intention of letting it go any time soon.
“Activision owns Crash Bandicoot and we continue to explore ways in which we could bring the beloved series back to life,” an Activision representative told .
Crash Bandicoot was originally released as a PlayStation exclusive in 1996. Developer Naughty Dog made two more sequels and a Kart racer before the property started bouncing around between a myriad of publishers and developers. It landed in Activision’s hands, along with Spyro, in 2008 and has since very nearly stagnated. Activision released just one proper Crash Bandicoot in the way of Crash: Mind Over Mutant, and a handful of mobile titles. It cancelled two more; Crash Landed, and an unnamed Crash Team Racing sequel.
Crash Bandicoot just hasn’t been much good since leaving Naughty Dog though, to be honest – and that studio’s moved on to bigger and better things. At this point, I think Crash Bandicoot is even more irrelevant than Sonic the Hedgehog.