With PlayStation 4 now just seven days away from UK consumers, the ongoing saga of everyone’s favourite mischievous marsupial from the brand’s history continues – with Activision seemingly taking down the official Crash Bandicoot website, and with it, removing all reference to previous titles from their own catalogue.
On its own, I’d say this is no big deal – Crash hasn’t seen a console release since 2008’s Mind Over Mutant, and unloved IP is left to die all too often. However, the recent talk of Sony rebooting the series, coupled with that Amazon listing, make today’s developments all too curious to ignore.
It is, of course, worth mentioning here that the PlayStation 4’s Lead Architect, Mark Cerny, was Executive Producer on the original Crash Bandicoot, as well as playing Designer on the sequel, Cortex Strikes Back, and has previously gone on record as saying “the PlayStation 4 will recapture gaming’s glory days“. Andy Gavin, co-creator of the Character also recently stated “there’s an opportunity to reset the history” of the series.
The plot thickens. If indeed Sony have re-acquired the rights to Crash from Activision, one can only assume it’s a rather recent deal: Shuhei Yoshida recently told Edge that Cerny had pitched his latest game – PS4 platformer Knack – as an idea around Crash Bandicoot, and if that’s the case, why Knack, and not the lovable, and iconic Crash?
As I say, a curious affair indeed. Perhaps now Activision’s Skylanders games have dropped the Spyro moniker we’ll see the cutesy purple dragon making his way back to Sony too? Personally, I’d love to see either of these franchises back on PlayStation platforms, and back to form, what about you?
UPDATE: Adam Boyes, Head of Publisher Relations at SCEA has tweeted confirming that Activision still own the IP.
@shinobi602 Activision owns the IP, so you should ask them about it…
— Adam Boyes (@amboyes) November 22, 2013