Crash Bandicoot creators start new shop

Naughty Dog founders Jason Rubin and Andrew Gavin start Monkey Gods, a new casual game development company specializing in 360, PS3, Wii, iPhone, and Facebook games.

The founders of the game company Naughty Dog--known for its hit series Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter--have teamed up to form a new game development company specializing in games for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, iPhone, and Facebook.

Founders Jason Rubin and Andrew Gavin have teamed up again to form Monkey Gods, a new development company whose first two games will include Monkwerks, a multiplayer word challenge game on Facebook and the iPhone, and Snood for the iPhone, a remake of the 1996 puzzle game.

Jason Rubin left Naughty Dog in 2004 after giving an impassioned speech during that year’s D.I.C.E. Summit, calling for developers to demand more respect from their game publishers. By working outside of a major game developer, he hopes to empower developers in a climate where publishers have ignored developmental talent. "I want to lead by example and take a real risk. I hope other developers take my message to heart," he declared.

Rubin and Gavin teamed up in their adolescence in the mid 1980s to form Naughty Dog, releasing their first game for the Apple II computer. Their most acclaimed games, the Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter series, were hits on the original PlayStation and PlayStation 2. The Crash Bandicoot series has sold more than 40 million copies, then-publisher Vivendi’s president of retail services, Pascal Brochier, said in 2007.

Rubin is also a professional comic book creator, writing the script for Iron and the Maiden by publisher Aspen Comics, which was released in September 2007. His series' Web page says the comic is “destined to go beyond the printed page” and might be adapted into a video game series.

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33 comments
houdeanibeani
houdeanibeani

man i wish CTR was on the playstation network with online mp!!!!!

Tylsamzx
Tylsamzx

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xspboy06x
xspboy06x

It's unfortuante, because instead of just focusing on developing games, Jason Rubin has to make sure it's all done the way he wants it. That's just one of everything that makes it a good thing Radical has Crash now. The Rubin-Gavin combination simply aren't that talented at making video games.

64basher
64basher

put the old crash games like wrath of cortex on ps2 or ps3

danielwd
danielwd

i want old style crash games with good grafix

legogamerfan
legogamerfan

at least there still making crash right if ya'll agree then thank you for agreeing.

legogamerfan
legogamerfan

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cortexfan
cortexfan

If they got the crash bandicoot or Jak and Daxter licence...mabye they could come up with some new ideas for both series.

danny412
danny412

i love crash bandicoot series and i'll start play jak series

xspboy06x
xspboy06x

They really need to fade away into the background now.

shinian
shinian

fingers crossed for a decent pack of PSS/XLA games.

jmangafan
jmangafan

Rubin I'd expect this from. But Gavin? Dude is a programming genius. A snood remake and a facebook word game is clearly a waste of his talents. Normally I'd be all for developers wanting to do different types of games (Jaffe moving away from "epics" or Carmack making cellphone RPGs), but this is pretty extreme. I'm sure there's a lot less stress for these guys now that big developments aren't happening, but I'd love to see them go back to the company they started and give us a Jak that will blow our socks off.

DDR_Midian
DDR_Midian

Fingers crossed for some decent iPhone games, picking up my Touch in about 3 weeks time.

keggerz
keggerz

classic platforming spinnin' smashin' crash was the best. they should do puritan crash and whoever complains that it's not creative can go die because most of the new games have been horrible. when i want to play a crash game i want to play as CRASH not a group of weird monsters (i dont mind playing as any of the other MAIN characters though)

StarlightHunter
StarlightHunter

"These games look like crap.... off to go play Crash Bandicoot Warped..." Now that was a good game.

bendick44
bendick44

he should buy the rights for crash, and make a real crash game.... again

halojp23
halojp23

i love jack games they are cool.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I hope he dose well, and yes I like the older crash better

DarkProwl
DarkProwl

I think people should do what Crash has done: grow up. If you absolutely don't want to accept the new style then stick to Twinsanity and shut up already. You all say the same damn thing all the time.

DemoniclyAnglic
DemoniclyAnglic

Mr_Versipellis "Ahh, geez... These people have so much talent but they've wasted it all on causal games!" Remember, companies' first loyalties are to themselves. If that's how they make their money, then that's how they're gonna make it.

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

Crash franchise seems to getting worse and worse. :(

Flint247
Flint247

I wish they revived the old Crash games.

Mr_Versipellis
Mr_Versipellis

Ahh, geez... These people have so much talent but they've wasted it all on causal games!

bibliomaniac15
bibliomaniac15

Good move, I think, but the games don't sound appealing to me. You never know though, these guys came up with Crash and Jak...

Daxter776
Daxter776

These games look like crap.... off to go play Crash Bandicoot Warped...

SquareEnixFan13
SquareEnixFan13

Neither of those games sound good to me, but this could be a pretty good move.

jadefury27
jadefury27

one of the biggest travisties in gaming was naughty leaving\being removed from the crash series. the original crash team racing is still one of my all time favorite games. i hope to see the next gen jak title soon.