Naughty Dog Open to a New Crash Bandicoot, But the Time May Not Be Right

The developer that created the Crash series says, "It's never off the table."

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Between HD remasters, digital re-releases, and the like, ways to satisfy your nostalgia are not hard to come across these days. Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House recently offered hope to fans who would like to see the company revive some of its older franchises, including Crash Bandicoot--a series created by Naughty Dog, the developer now best known for The Last of Us and Uncharted. Given the studio's current focus on those types of games, you might expect the prospect of a new Crash from Naughty Dog to be completely dead. That's actually not the case, although there is a reason its focus has been elsewhere lately.

"It's never off the table," Naughty Dog community strategist Arne Meyer told IGN when asked about bringing back Crash. "It's not too much time passing, but it's the same issues we explored with the Jak game: Is it something that makes sense to us now? I mean, we still have people that worked on the Crash games in the studio. We never forget our past and it'd be great for nostalgic reasons. It'd be the same reason as why there isn't a Jak 4: I don't know if it's playing to our strengths right now."

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Last year, Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann revealed that the studio set out to reboot another of its old series, Jak and Daxter, in 2009. As it began coming up with ideas, it found it was "kind of getting away from what Jak and Daxter was. We were questioning, 'Are we doing this for marketing reasons? Naming something Jak and Daxter, when it's not really Jak and Daxter? Or are we really passionate about it?'"

That project never panned out because of Naughty Dog's desire to make a different type of game, and that seems to remain the case, according to Meyer. "Right now, what's exciting everyone at the studio is continuing to work on narrative-driven games with strong characters," he explained. "I think, at least for the time being, we haven't exhausted the possibilities there, but that could change with something as simple as hardware. That's what drove it before. I think we're on to something really good though creating character-driven stories so that's where our focus is going to be."

A game in the core Crash series was last seen in 2008, when the poorly received Crash: Mind Over Mutant was released. You have to go back a decade to 1998's Crash Bandicoot: Warped to find the last core Crash game made by Naughty Dog, which also released a surprisingly good kart racing game--Crash Team Racing--in 1999.

The Crash series--which is now owned by Activision, rather than Sony--has been quiet for years now; the latest title to bear the jorts-wearing Bandicoot's name was mobile game Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 2 in 2010. Despite this, Activision said last year that it "continue[s] to explore ways in which we could bring the beloved series back to life."

Naughty Dog is set to release the PlayStation 4 version of last year's acclaimed The Last of Us next week. It's also currently at work on Uncharted 4: A Thief's End for PS4 and some other "brand-new experience."

Would you like to see a Crash revival, or would it best to leave those fond memories--and jorts--in the past? Let us know in the comments.

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Honestly I don't think it would benefit Naughty Dog, its an epic of the past for sure, I played it again last month for the first time in years and its good but wouldn't fit in or make sense for today's market, it wouldn't be the same, it would have to be changed on so many levels like how the Resident Evil games and the Oddworld games evolved, they could do the whole LBP thing and make it customisable for players etc, I just don't think the generations of today will appreciate this genre like our generation back then.

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Resident Evil 4 was the only game that Capcom tried to "evolve", and it only went downhill after that with 5 and 6.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I think it can work as a fast paced platformer with a unique art style kinda like rayman origins

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If Naughty Dog do another Crash Bandicoot they need to buy rights from Activevision and they not doing nothing with the series the players want crash back on playstation exclslive and seem to me that naughty dog want the rights back .

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Yes we would love to see and have our everybody in the world favorite beloved crazy orange creatures Crash Bandicoot back to revival for real.

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Please I need another Crash game especially from Naughty Dog! Crash Bandicoot Warped was the best ever!

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it is interesting how many crash news is around these days

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I was playing Crash Bandicoot on my Vita earlier today, oddly enough. Was probably the first time I'd played it in 10 or so years.


Crash is still kinda fun, but I never thought of them as top-teir platformers, personally. But Crash Team Racing was marvelous and still ranks as one of the best kart racers of all time imo.


I'd much rather see Bandai Namco revive Klonoa.

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I just wish Activision would lose or sell the rights to Crash and Spyro so that they can return to Naughty Dog and Insomniac or Sony as a whole.

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can't see a Crash game coming out anytime soon.... BUT! there is no reason for Knack 2 not to benefit from the ideas in crash games.


Knack was good but gets boring as you play it, if there is ever a Knack 2, then it should take (or steal) some of the aspects that made the original crash games what they are today.


for me, Crash was the only reason that made me turn my back to Mario and Nintendo. Good old days.

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I'd rather have Crash Bandicoot than both Uncharted and The Last of Us combined; I'm getting tired from all these similar shooters....

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@cboye18 I really getting sick playing shooter games ,The bad thing is that they are more than ever !!?! Games like CRASH are so good and fun these days ...

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I'd rather have Crash Bandicoot than both Uncharted and Last of Us combined.

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Whats the crash series actually worth? there hasn't been a good game come out of it since Warped, it's died it's death.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> The only good game that came out since Warped was Crash Tag Team Racing.

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It seems like the interviewer here was being a bit of tease; we all know that, unfortunately, it's unlikely that Naughty Dog will have the rights to Crash again because of Activision. They're not going to do anything with the rights and Naughty Dog will stick to making games where middle-aged men have relationships with teenage girls.

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I'm sure Activision won't give up the IP for too cheap. If ND want it back, they'll probably need to cough up alot of money.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> It will be suicide for Sony,they are in financial trouble anyway and just like Sly 4 I doubt it will sell enough to even break even if they ever make an offer to Activision.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> sly is great but crash bandicoot is a house hold name if you went up to a casual and ask them do you know what sly cooper is they would be clueless if you asked them if they know what crash bandicoot is they would know what you are talking about so crash has the potential to sell heaps plus sly 4 is severely under tracked on vg chartz (assuming that's were you saw the sales) anyway as pretty much every game is and Sony's financial stuff is improving Sony reckons within a year the company will be making a profit again and things do seem to be improving the PS4 is the fastest selling game console of all time and Sony's phones have started to sell very well they are the third highest selling phone company in Europe now only to be surpassed by Samsung and apple

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> The Sly Cooper 4 statement I came up with it because not many people talk about it and Sony did not announce a sequel which is obviously how things roll when you have a succesfull game,you might be right but I still doubt Crash bandicoot might sell that much,it's not Super Mario so adopters of the N64 most likelly will not have memories of it.

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Crash Bandicoot is just Sonic a$$

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speaking of awesome platformers


freedom planet is out on steam, and it's one of the best platfomers i played since sonic the hedgehog

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The Crash bandicoot games made by ND rank among the finest platformers ever made in my opinion, BUT, some things are best left to memory than revived.


Let Crash (and Spyro for that mattter) rest in peace.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> shh you naysayer a new crash and spyro would be a dream come true while i love many games of today they need to bring back some of the older games there's nothing that comes out these days that is much like crash bandicoot and spyro the dragon

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buy it back from fucktivision

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They would need to pull the rights from Activision's greedy fingers... It was a mistake to sell the property to that bunch of jackals.

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2032 confirmed.

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Crash 3 is one of the greatest plat formers of all time legendary really and while there have been newer crash games there literally hasnt even been a half way decent one since 3 which is the last one that naughty dog worked on. Would be geat to see them do another.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> the ones made by naughty dog are by far the best but you're exaggerating the ones made by other devs were till very fun

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i thought Crash was a pretty cool back then, especially that voodoo mask guy.."Buddabybye"

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