Sony Hasn’t Closed the Door on Reviving Your Favorite Characters

Who would you like to see make a comeback?

PlayStation has had a few famous characters associated with its consoles: Spyro, Crash Bandicoot, Jak and Daxter, and others we remember fondly and haven’t seen in years. But Sony might be ready to bring some of them back.

"In concept, it is something we've been thinking about and discussing, and this is a shift for us,”

Sony Computer Entertainment president and group CEO Andrew House told The Telegraph when asked if we’ll ever see Sony revive Crash Bandicoot or Spyro the Dragon. “We've started to say that maybe there isn't anything wrong with going back and looking at characters that people still talk about, that were a big part of either their childhood or their youth. I definitely wouldn't close the door on that."

It’s great to hear to Sony is willing to look back and see which of its characters are worth revisiting, but a new Crash Bandicoot of Spyro game specifically is not something that’s up to Sony alone. Activision owns the rights for both series. Spyro is still a huge earner for the company in the form of spin-off Skylanders, and last year Activision indicated that it’s still interested in bringing Crash Bandicoot back to life.

So it’s not as if all Sony has to do is ask nicely. In fact, Activision is guarding the Crash Bandicoot license so closely, it won’t even allow it to be part of a fan art design contest Naughty Dog is running in celebration of its 30th Anniversary art book.

Jak and Daxter on the other hand is still owned by Sony, and with the exception of PlayStation Move Heroes, we haven’t seen a new game starring those characters since 2009.

Which PlayStation and PlayStation 2 characters would you like to see in a new game on the PlayStation 4? Let us know in the comments below.

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287 comments
Dark_Rage
Dark_Rage

Jak and Daxter and Sly Cooper!

mathud
mathud

We definitely need Jak X for PS3/4! Best action racing game ever! Plus when they remake, new ideas can be generated for the next Jak game! 

TheGame2K5
TheGame2K5

Id love to see a new Legend of Dragoon, come on Sony, make it happen. Id even settle for a HD remake of the original. 

Sahle123
Sahle123

I'll bet no one will agree with this, but I would love to see Rogue Galaxy again. That was one of my all time favorites in high school.

spudmckracken
spudmckracken

I'd like to see Maximo make a come back on the PS4!

sonic_rareware8
sonic_rareware8

Crash Bandicoot and Spyro need to return to Sony since Universal Interactive Studios who owned them went out of business and merged with Activision in 2008, Activision has already ruined them both, they don't even care or give a sh*t about Crash and Spyro. If Activision took down their Crash Bandicoot websites, didn't even mentioned the failures of Crash of the Titans and Mind over Mutants in their games list of their website and of course, have been neglecting the franchise, why do they still own Crash Bandicoot? And the Skylanders series (which I've never even payed attention to) needs to die in a horrible death like The Legend of Spyro series did, they've ruined Spyro just like Crash of the Titans and Mind over Mutant ruined Crash! No wonder Skylanders got so much popularity. smh

As for Jak & Daxter, I think they deserve to return, not to mention in this year 2014, it's been a decade since Jak 3 was released, so what if Sony and Naughty Dog gets to work on Jak 4?

Stoner2099
Stoner2099

got a few suggestions....suikoden 6 they completely skipped the ps3. bushido blade(psone). pandemonium(psone).  monster rancher.

robertorr33
robertorr33

I only have one suggestion: Dark Cloud! This is one of the most overlooked franchises. Is Level 5 still around? It would be cool to see a Vagrant Story reboot too. Okay, two suggestions.

Twiztid-Maddox
Twiztid-Maddox

MediEvil and Tomba! need comebacks like crazy! Gex needs a comeback too, though I'm not sure if it'd be considered a Sony exclusive...

bnewbs23
bnewbs23

Dark Cloud, medievil, or Brave Fencer Musashi...freakin loved Musashi growing up

benedictm
benedictm

Am i the only one who remembers that the Crash Bandicoot games weren't actually very good?


They were only popular because it was the closest PS had to Super Mario 64 - a revolution at the time.


Crash even ripped off Super Mario Kart!

jamiedodd08
jamiedodd08

I want an HD remake of all the original Spyro games that were on the first playstation!

Twilighten
Twilighten

Daniel Fortesque/MediEvil!! Please make it happen Sony!

BLiTZ_156
BLiTZ_156

Aside from the mains I'd like to see come back that have been listed. I'd also like to see Clovis Barclay (from Dragon Valor, PS1) somewhere :)

deltagemini
deltagemini

Croc! Because Legend of the Gobbos was massive for me as a child.

lostn
lostn

Bring back Jak as a pure platformer. Before they introduced guns and made it a Ratchet clone. Jak 1 was better than Ratchet 1. Don't know why they decided to copy Ratchet.

imajinn
imajinn

There's so many games! Bust a groove, Parappa, Intelligent Qube, Maximo, Tobal, Legend Of Dragoon, etc etc. While I know many weren't made by Sony, I think they can have some input on some making a come back. It might just be wishful thinking on my part but I would love gaming to feel and be like it was once upon a time.

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

Sony: Show me actual Shadow of the Beast gameplay thanks. It's primally why I grabbed a PS4.


Wouldn't say no to a Medieval reboot though.


Square Enix/ Eidos: You own Legacy of Kain, come on


EA: Dungeon Keeper, not that jibberish phone stuff.


SEGA: Pay VanillaWare to make a Street of Rage IV. We all know Dragon's Crown is the real deal Golden Axe successor.


Blizzard: A new RTS Warcraft. Not likely though. MMOs sell better.


Capcom: A real DMC5, your English developed reboot was a kick at the fanbase. Ok as it was, Platinum Games would make a splendid dream developer.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Give me a new Jak X game along with Dark Cloud 3. Heck, through in a Rogue Galaxy sequel. 

scottpsfan14
scottpsfan14

Give me Crash, Jak & Dax, another Ratchet & Clank, Medievil, and I stress Medievil!! Imagine a game that looked like a Tim Burton movie. Gawd Do it NOW Sony.

gokartmozart89
gokartmozart89

The Last Guardian! 


>_>


Ico, Jak n Dax, Cloud (GIVE ME A FF7 HD REMASTER ALREADY), Dark Cloud, and War of the Monsters.


willjohnboy
willjohnboy

only one game deserves to be brought back from the ashes and that's Legend of Dragoon please let it happen sony

nintendians
nintendians

I hardly know any character that playstation really owns. maybe bring back papa the rappa series.

MHzBurglar
MHzBurglar

Bring back Tomba.  The games were absolutely amazing and really deserving of a quality remake/reboot/sequel.  It's a travesty that there hasn't been a new Tomba game since the late 90's.

chayt8793
chayt8793

Jak and Daxter. if you released a Jak 4 or something on the PS4. i would buy a PS4 just to play that game

homey_d_clown
homey_d_clown

I have been requesting a new RAMPAGE game for years. I know its not owned by Sony, but it would be real looking monters destroying cities all over the world.

Imagine Godzilla vs. Cracken vs. King Kong, call it want you want it would sell!

I think old concepts could be renewed but the final product would have to be nothing like the original.

Boddicker
Boddicker

I'd like to see a Colony Wars reboot.  That's really it.

meeghoulz
meeghoulz

I´d love to see Jen in a PRIMAL sequel/remake.

bfa1509
bfa1509

The very first 3 crash bandicoots and the first 3 spyros were the best in those series'. Any subsequent games tarnished their legacy in my opinion.

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

As long as they're not making a generic action game, with Crash Bandicoot or Jak & Daxter. I actually liked the first J&D more, because i didn't like the direction of the sequels.

Spyro? Well...that one's already dead.

kgallis21
kgallis21

Crash bandicoot and jak and dexter would be nice to see on PS4

prime_l
prime_l

Parappa the Rapper... 'nuff said.

Jawehawk-DK
Jawehawk-DK

I'd be all for getting a new Spyro and Crash Bandicoot. But they need to get the rights back from whoever has them now.

xharrywilsonx
xharrywilsonx

They really need to get Crash and Spyro back from Activision if they are really going to have any chance of bringing them back properly. It'd be great if they did. Plus, they should at least give Ape Escape and MediEvil another shot. A PS4 MediEvil game would be really good.

Chiyou
Chiyou

@sonic_rareware8 uhh.. Activision is quite happy with their ownership of Spyro.. Skylanders has been doing great, it isn't a game for me but i'm a full grown adult now.. If I was a kid I'd love that game.

sonic_rareware8
sonic_rareware8

Also Activision not allowing Naughty Dog to include Crash Bandicoot in their fan art contest during their 30th anniversary? BULLSH*T!!!!!

Beasley2K
Beasley2K

No, you're the only one that THINKS they weren't very good.

Everyone else remembers them as being good because, in our opinion, the games were actually very good!

und3c1ph3r3d
und3c1ph3r3d

@imajinn Legend of Dragoon should get something, whether it's a remake with better graphics or a sequel. Maximo wasn't even finished, so it definitely need something; it was supposed to be a trilogy, but they cancelled it. I hate Capcom for that. There's a couple other games I think they should return to; Shadow Hearts (for a remake, not another sequel) and Parasite Eve (for real this time).

willjohnboy
willjohnboy

the most overlooked JRPG of all time

jslip3
jslip3

@homey_d_clown Did you ever play War of the Monsters for PS2? It was a Sony published exclusive and it was fantastic. Of course it was more of a fighting game than a simple Rampage style destroy the city kinda thing. That's not to say the cities didnt get destroyed though, because the environments were very destructible and you could even pick up the debris and use it as a weapon. You'd probably like it a lot, it's on the PSN as a PS2 classic. Check it out. They really need to make another one

JachAnen
JachAnen

@Jawehawk-DK Activision have them. And they are considering Crash, but since they are masters at destroying good series (CoD), I really don't wan't THEM to make it, not with what Crash has been through and with they way they have used Spyro. So yes, SONY should get those rights.

xharrywilsonx
xharrywilsonx

Also, Sony really need to make PS1 games playable on the PS4 through emulator support like the Vita does. It would only be to Sony's benefit as I'm sure many people would go and buy their favourite games from the PS1 era to play once more on the PS4 and would only make it easier for Sony to bring back older franchises.

sonic_rareware8
sonic_rareware8

@xharrywilsonx I totally agree with you, Sony also needs to make the PS4 backwards compatible with PS1, PS2 and PS3 games. :)