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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Sony destroyed this franchise during the PS2 era. The sell off was the final nail. Consoles were better when they had mascots. Mario vs Sonic vs Crash.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> And right in that order. Mario > Sonic > Crash lol.

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The order of which ones are played out? At least Crash hasn't been in 200+ games.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Actually I thought sackboy replaced crash as the mascot for sony... which... well it's not surprising. A console needs a cutesy mascot to do well. A bandicoot with attitude that's a cross between poochy and john cena is very 90s/early 2000s. So not surprising they dropped him.

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@Ayato_Kamina_1 @Dissentioncc I think mascots are a dead concept now. The big features that Sony & MS like to advertise are the Apps and multimedia stuff.

The Playstation lost its mascot for a Gran Turismo car in the PS2 days. Sega went out of business with Sonic. XBOX showed up with a Spartan and Guns. The rest is history.

Now a days consoles are seen as an all in one entertainment box to replace all your other boxes. It isn't all about the games like how it once was for better or worse.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> And Blinx the Cat? LOL Xtot go away you have never had a decent Platformer on Xbox EVER so you really have No say in anything to do with the Genre.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Actually, Blinx and it's sequel were kinda cool and innovative. Too bad the character model was horrific looking. Not to mention Voodoo Vince which Phil Spector praised as one of his all-time favorite games.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Lol, good catch Jake! You're getting as 'like' for that!

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Xbox had a Conker remake and Kameo. Not the best games, but they were pretty good.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I enjoyed Conker a lot, Kameo not so much.

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Yeah, about that Sonic. I didn't even grow up with Sonic games. Hell, I played Sonic Adventure 2 before I even touched the original many, many years later. But I gotta' say, 3D Sonic games really suck ever since I played through the classics. I only consider Sonic Generations and Colors to be the only good 3D Sonic games, but even those suck compared to Sonic 1 - 3. Sorry, I had to go there.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> It's ok to feel that way. They never really made a good Sonic game ofter the Genesis ones.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> For you its Master Chief > Mario > Sonic > Crash, right xb0t?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Naw, I love me some Mario. Besides, Halo isn't even a platformer. Ever play 'one of these things is not like the other'?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> He was talking about console mascots and everyone knows Master Chief is the Xbox mascot. So him being in that list makes sense. Right?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Sonic is no longer a console mascot - hasn't been so in about a decade. Same goes for Crash.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> So you mean your own comment was pointless? LOL

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it's about time for LEGEND OF DRAGOON to make a grand return ~ ~ ~ ~

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Fine with me, as long as it actually plays like a turn based RPG.

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@jake198624 @deadeternityx @sakaixx

Well, I agree with XIII-2 and 3. Those were terrible. I'll let XIII slide as an expirement gone somewhat wrong, but I still look forward to FFXV. Looks cool. Besides Square Enix hasn't been that bad considering they let Bravely Default happen.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> bravely default was an accident. They abandoned their core fanbase years ago. FF10 was the last decent FF, and then you just need to look at how few genuine JRPGs they've had. That's the main reason Bravely Default was so well received. It was reminiscent of what square enix is capable of when they play to their strengths.

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Feels like we get this story about either Crash or Jak every few months. I'd rather have a new Jak; seems like it's something they could do a better story with. Crash's background narrative was...um..I don't even remember.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Heh, well no. I just meant that given the way Naughty Dog have evolved that Jak & Daxter probably offer them more opportunities to flesh out another game. That said, I've got no problem with a gorgeous looking mascot platformer with a story you can fit on a postage stamp if it plays amazingly and it's fun.

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Probably can't afford to buy back the license since NDs parent company Sony is in major financial difficulty.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> LOL!!! How is that a company that is as you say " major financial difficulty" continues to have more exclusives games and exclusive content and investing in more new tech than a company with such deep pockets as MS? They have such major financial difficulty they can still afford to own way more studios than MS (Some of the best in the industry I might add), Invest in a video game streaming service which they do need to fix no doubt and invest in VR. It just doesn't make sense to me when people try to say Sony has major financial difficulty but they constantly do things to prove the opposite.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> The same studios that have have had major layoffs and top talent leaving them? You might want to take off your fanboy goggles there for a sec. Unless Sony splits off the Playstation brand - they will go bankrupt.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Hostess went bankrupt due to their cake division floundering while their Wonder Bread division was a huge hit/staple. And that's only one division failing - Sony's got like, 5 divisions in the toilet.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Yeh because it's not like MS would lay off 18,000 people, oh wait they did.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Mostly in it's Nokia division and it's more of a consolidation. But yea, lay-offs suck no matter who's doing them.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Consolidation or layoffs, 18,000 lost their jobs. Sugar coat it all you want.

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The demand for these types of game isn't gone. Too many video game publishers are just run by incompetent morons who think bro shooters and annualized franchises like Asscreed are the only games worth making. If Microsoft has any sense in them, they'll make Banjo Kazooie 3 this gen. There's plenty of people that want to see more 3D platformers. It actually makes me sad that there aren't anymore games like Banjo Kazooie, Donkey Kong 64, Spyro, Conker, Super Mario 64 and Jak.

There needs to be a revival of 3D platformers, period. Super Mario 3D World doesn't really count imo. It was a great game, but it felt more like a hybrid than a true 3D platformer.

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hope crash bandicoot team up with jak and daxter and create some fun mayhem ! plus I agree, the crash bandicoot kart game was awesome on ps1, they needed to bring some of that love to ps4 !

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I really really love their response to that question.

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I'm sick of the bro Western garbage, Crash Bandicoot now, get cracking.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Your odd anime avatar already said you don't like western games.


Seriously, who are you weirdos who are so into everything japanese?

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Make a nextgen Crash and the ps4 sales are gonna double .

Crash is Playstation mascot

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Nice Playstation mascot. I think I own a Kart Racer featuring your 'playstation mascot' on my original Xbox lol.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Um, got one?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Obviously not since you spend all your time in PS articles tro11ing

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> How is this a PS article when they don't own the license?

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@Sevenizz @mkeezay22 @Shango4 Because it's about a classic PS game, Activision has done nothing with it, you saw Naughty Dog and came in to spout your fanboi Bullsh1t.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Huh? How is it about a PS classic when there's no mention of remaking it, but updating the franchise?

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