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.
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