Rumor: Sony Has Bought Crash Bandicoot From Activision

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Rumor: Sony Has Bought Crash Bandicoot From Activision

The removal of Activision's Crash Bandicoot site earlier today and a series of Tweets have people wondering if Sony's prodigal marsupial has returned home.

Long-time PlayStation fans undoubtedly remember Crash Bandicoot, Sony's answer to Mario and Sonic in the days of the PS1, Sega Saturn and Nintendo 64. Three well-regarded platformers, plus the solid kart-racer Crash Team Racing, were developed by Naughty Dog for the PS1 and Sony Computer Entertainment, before the Crash license ultimately changed hands. Since then, Crash has been seen on multiple platforms in several games, last seen in 2008's Crash: Mind Over Mutant, released on the Wii, PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360. However, he's never been able to recapture the popularity he had as a PlayStation exclusive.

Well, if the latest morsel from the rumor mill is any indication, those days may be returning sooner than you think. Today, Reddit reported that Activision, the current license holder of Crash Bandicoot, took down their website for the series earlier today. In covering this story, CVG also reported an Easter Egg in a PlayStation 4 launch trailer, shown at the right, that seems to indicate the return of Crash to Sony's fold.

CVG also reported on juicy tidbits from Twitter, where a Sony official stated that Activision still owns the Crash IP. However, a Tweet from an editor at VideoGamer said that he recieved a "no comment" when he asked Activision if they still held the Crash license.

Just to emphasize, all of this is pure guesswork without an official word from Sony or Activision. However, it would certainly explain what Naughty Dog's unannounced PS4 debut title is. So, is Crash finally back in the hands of his original creators? Only time will tell. In the meantime, speculate away!

Source: CVG, Reddit

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...please, please, please don't let this be a joke. I mean if this is true, then Sony has just made probably the smartest decision they've ever made in the last few years. 0.0
Seriously Twitter, if you are screwing with me for a joke then I'm going to be really upset! >.<

If this is true, then the Sony just won the console war. If that thing is still going on.

Eh, I'm not sure how I feel about this. I, like many, loved the early Crash games, but I can't see Naughty Dog being the ones working on this, and I don't think it would be the same otherwise.

Oh. Right. People wanted this?

Then again I guess they salvaged Rayman from the depths of terrible, best forgotten about PS1 platformers, so a new Crash game could have some potential.

Andy Shandy:
Eh, I'm not sure how I feel about this. I, like many, loved the early Crash games, but I can't see Naughty Dog being the ones working on this, and I don't think it would be the same otherwise.

Look at it this way, I'm sure it wouldn't be too hard to make a better Crash game than the last ones we got:
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Plus, while it might not be Naughty Dog, it could be some of the original team since most of the original Naughty Dog team left ND a while a go. Plus, I say it'd be good for the mascot to return to his home, and I'd equate this with Nintendo getting the rights to say Banjo Kazooie back. (we all know we want that to happen T^T)

ALL OF MY MONIES. Seriously, they could just remake Crash 1+2+3 with some newer graphics and I'd be all over it.

But please Sony, MediEvil 3? Please.

VonKlaw:
ALL OF MY MONIES. Seriously, they could just remake Crash 1+2+3 with some newer graphics and I'd be all over it.

But please Sony, MediEvil 3? Please.

First we must get Guerilla Games to stop making the Killzone games first, since they were the ones who made the MediEvil franchise. I still find it weird that they changed Sony Computer Entertainment Cambridge to Guerilla Games, of course their new title is a lot shorter so maybe that's why. XD

Neronium:

Andy Shandy:
Eh, I'm not sure how I feel about this. I, like many, loved the early Crash games, but I can't see Naughty Dog being the ones working on this, and I don't think it would be the same otherwise.

Look at it this way, I'm sure it wouldn't be too hard to make a better Crash game than the last ones we got:
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Plus, while it might not be Naughty Dog, it could be some of the original team since most of the original Naughty Dog team left ND a while a go. Plus, I say it'd be good for the mascot to return to his home, and I'd equate this with Nintendo getting the rights to say Banjo Kazooie back. (we all know we want that to happen T^T)

Well that first part is true, anyway.

I actually like Banjo Kazooie with Rare though, because I liked Nuts and Bolts more than the platformers =P

Is Spyro next? Please Sony make it happen.

Maybe you can work out some kind of deal with Activision, they can have their mutant Spyro Skylander, and you can take over the original one that doesn't look like a Chinese pug who fell into a pool of radioactive purple paint.

Andy Shandy:

I actually like Banjo Kazooie with Rare though, because I liked Nuts and Bolts more than the platformers =P

Huh, so there is another person besides me who actually like Banjo Kazooie Nuts and Bolts then. *pats on back*
I actually didn't mind that game unlike how other people did, but then again I had no emotional attachments to the plaformers since I had a PS1 and Dreamcast instead of an N64. XD

Eclipse Dragon:
Is Spyro next? Please Sony make it happen.

While that'd be excellent, I don't see that happening. Mainly because this is how Activision handles game franchises: milk them dry and them cut them off and have them fade into obscurity. With Crash after Mind Over Mutant, a game whose only true redeeming quality were the cutscenes, Crash had been milked dry and wasn't making money for Activision. Spyro on the other hand had a decent time with the Legend of Spyro series, and now with Skylanders being as popular as it is I don't think Activision's done milking the franchise just yet.

...I... I.... I don't even know what to believe.

Don't you dare toy with my fragile Crash heart strings here! I am still mourning what happened to Crash in the later games.

...But if this is true, even in the slightest. At all. If they can do this right, and return Crash in all his old form, then this is sweet angelic choir of news.

Celebrations are in order (if anything of this is confirmed)!

GOD BLESS SONY....NO!! SONY IS GOD!!, I BOW TOWARDS THE SACRED SONY IN THE SKY, WARMTH OF SONY UPON THOSE WHO BOUGHT THEIR CONSOLES.... SONY IS SALVATION, SONY IS ETERNITY.... JOIN SONY AND SING VICTORY EVERLASTING!!!
(if the rumors are true)

...I....I don't know what to-...

Crash was one of my dearest childhood memories and he did get me though so many hard times.
I...If this is real...

I'm actually tearing up a little on my end.

If we get anything like the old PS1 games then I will be one very, very happy person.

So if this is true, +1000 points for Sony.

Well, there certainly is room for more platformers beside Mario, Ratchet, Kirby and ... yeah, that's about it for the franchises that still see somewhat regular releases.

I approve, Sony. I approve.

Rumor: zzzzzzsnortzzzzzz.

I mean, I'm sure they won't mess it up but who cares? It's just ANOTHER franchise in a long list of other franchises that franchise the franchised franchisersize. I don't see how anyone can look at his and NOT think "Oh, I guess it's now time for Crash Bandicoot to be overdone to death. Again."

Neronium:

VonKlaw:
But please Sony, MediEvil 3? Please.

First we must get Guerilla Games to stop making the Killzone games first, since they were the ones who made the MediEvil franchise. I still find it weird that they changed Sony Computer Entertainment Cambridge to Guerilla Games, of course their new title is a lot shorter so maybe that's why. XD

Guerrilla Cambridge ≠ Guerrilla Games. SCE Cambridge became Guerrilla Cambridge when they made KZ Mercenary on Vita, they don't work on the main series.

Let's hope becoming part of Guerrilla doesn't mean they'll only do KZ games, though. I really want a new MediEvil, and that goes double for a MediEvil made by the original creators.

Kakulukia:

Let's hope becoming part of Guerrilla doesn't mean they'll only do KZ games, though. I really want a new MediEvil, and that goes double for a MediEvil made by the original creators.

My mistake. Although I'm actually surprised they've not done a remake of MediEvil 2 to the style of how MediEvil Resurrection was. I can actually see that being the case though, and I can also see them making that a Vita exclusive...

Though it's still a rumor it's the best damn rumor I've heard all day!

Would be nice to see Crash put in a proper game. I almost wish Sony did this sooner when Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale was coming out.

Neronium:

Kakulukia:

Let's hope becoming part of Guerrilla doesn't mean they'll only do KZ games, though. I really want a new MediEvil, and that goes double for a MediEvil made by the original creators.

My mistake. Although I'm actually surprised they've not done a remake of MediEvil 2 to the style of how MediEvil Resurrection was. I can actually see that being the case though, and I can also see them making that a Vita exclusive...

Sir Dan's appearance in PS All-Stars gave me hope something MediEvil related would happen, but it's been a while, so I'm not holding my breath. Maybe with Killzone Mercenary out they can start working on something, though.

BTW, is Resurrection worth it if I have the PSOne classic, or it is pretty kuch the same thing?

HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO YES!!!! CRASH GAMES FOR THE WIN!!!! Sony, make a proper crash game, and you just bumped up your chances of me picking up a PS4 a LOT higher.

I don't get the appeal of this, as I recall crash bandicoot was a weird tunnel runner game, how does this really make any difference?

Yes!

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The first Crash game was my first foray into 3D gaming, while everyone else was playing Mario 64, I was playing Crash Bandicoot.

Please Sony, please give it back to Naughty Dog, PLEASE!

I'm sorry everyone, but it appears that Activision Still owns the rights to Crash Bandicoot, they just simply took down the site. It sucks I know; Even though I was a Nintendo 64 kid, I know a lot of people who like Crash Bandicoot and they're just waiting for a real CB game to be made. I'm sorry I have to break the news to you all 3:

I didn't have much of a childhood so Crash Bandicoot is something I have never played. Make an HD collection and I'll be sure to check it out.

Kakulukia:

Sir Dan's appearance in PS All-Stars gave me hope something MediEvil related would happen, but it's been a while, so I'm not holding my breath. Maybe with Killzone Mercenary out they can start working on something, though.

BTW, is Resurrection worth it if I have the PSOne classic, or it is pretty kuch the same thing?

They did change Sir Dan's story a bit when it came to Resurrection and I think it's a great game, I have both the PS1 and PSP versions. I LPed the PS1 version about a year ago and I'm gonna do MediEvil Resurrection soon enough. They are fun and it's interesting to see the differences and the updated visuals.

Mr.Mattress:
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While they still own the IP it is possible for Activision to contract out the work to Sony if they wanted to do so. Not like that'd be something new. Don't kill our fun and let us have a nice thing please! >.<

Neronium:

Mr.Mattress:
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While they still own the IP it is possible for Activision to contract out the work to Sony if they wanted to do so. Not like that'd be something new. Don't kill our fun and let us have a nice thing please! >.<

If that where true, why would Adam Boyes, who's a Sony Publisher and Developer relations with 3rd Parties, not know that Activision is giving Sony the right to CB?

Mr.Mattress:

If that where true, why would Adam Boyes, who's a Sony Publisher and Developer relations with 3rd Parties, not know that Activision is giving Sony the right to CB?

You never know what could happen. Honestly right now it seems like you've just come into this thread to rain on the parade of other people. That's not nice you know...>.>
We can dream can't we?

I broke out my old PS1 the other week and had a crack at some of the old games including the Crash titles and sure they had the same rage inducing flaws that many early 3D platformers had - there were a couple of occasions where the controller almost took an unscheduled flight accross my living room - but the games were fun.

It might come to nothing, but a Crash release would certainly make me reconsider my position of not purcahsing the PS4 at launch.

For the love of all things decent, may this rumor be true. Activision has been misusing the franchise for years, so it would be just for Sony to buy it back and actually make good games with him again.

Mr.Mattress:

Neronium:

Mr.Mattress:
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While they still own the IP it is possible for Activision to contract out the work to Sony if they wanted to do so. Not like that'd be something new. Don't kill our fun and let us have a nice thing please! >.<

If that where true, why would Adam Boyes, who's a Sony Publisher and Developer relations with 3rd Parties, not know that Activision is giving Sony the right to CB?

Or he could know and play dumb because they want to make an official announcement. It wouldn't be the first time a secret was leaked, denied for a few months and then grandly revealed. Remember Final Fantasy XV?

Yes. YES. Want! Crash is seriously my favorite series ever, and if Sony is going to start making more, they've just sold me a PS4.

I'm not capable of losing Crash Team Racing, and the Crash platformers have the right combination of humor, good v evil and challenge to get me all wet.

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