Last week, rumors swirled around just as rapidly as Crash Bandicoot’s spin attack that signs were pointing to a possible acquisition by Sony of its one-time iconic mascot from his current rights holder, Activision. After taking down the official Crash Bandicoot website and all mentions of Crash from its publisher page, immediately speculation begun: was Sony planning on a revival of its much-beloved platforming series for next-gen?
In a confirmation with Game Informer, Activision stated that the studio currently still owns the rights to the character and franchise, which means that the rumors of an acquisition by Sony may unfortunately be false, despite getting many fans’ hopes up. However, Activision’s statement also leaves some slight hope that maybe we will see the beloved Bandicoot return, in one shape or another. The publisher mentioned in response: “Activision owns Crash Bandicootand we continue to explore ways in which we could bring the beloved series back to life.”
Many Crash reboots have had their stops and starts in the last several years, but could Activision (or maybe even Sony, later on?) be priming for bringing back the series? The rumors are still swirling around like crazy, but here’s to hoping maybe we’ll see a return for Crash sometime in the future.
So Sony hasn't bought it back, and Naughty Dog isn't developing the next PlayStation exclusive Crash Bandicoot.
Although it sounds like Activision is looking to revive the series, and it might be possible that if they do so, they make it PlayStation exclusive.
Lol, yeah right. With Activision at the helm.