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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<< LINK REMOVED >> F$$k FPS! Pew pew pew all day long.

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I don't think the problem is the market isn't there. I think the problem is that these genres aren't as profitable as the first (or third) person shooter genre. Therefore publishers are less interested in making these games.

It's not enough to be profitable anymore, publishers just want more money

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I didn't say it was, I listed several games that were profitable. There is money to be made outside of the the brown generic shooters. The fact that these games might not be as profitable as COD is the reason why we get so many bland COD clones every year.

It's also the reason why the indie scene has grown in popularity. WHile the AAA studios recycle the same crap over and over, indies are attempting to cater to the markets abandoned.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Unless there's a new genre of gaming, every genre has generic games. Generic Racers, generic JRPGs, generic sports games etc etc. Would you call Titanfall 'generic'?

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That's not entirely true, there's still a market for it, games like Fallout, Skyrim, Mass Effect and The Witcher prove that RPG's can still sell well for example.

The problem is that they don't sell as well as COD and Battlefield and that's why fewer developers are willing to make new IP's that aren't shooters

The industry is basically run by a bunch of cowards, afraid to take chances on making something different from what's already successful

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<< LINK REMOVED >> RPGs aren't dead but gaming sites don't give them the time of day anymore. If it's not a bland FPS or artsy indie title, game journalists aren't interested. Gameplay, depth and replay value are the last things on the minds of game journalists.

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Loves bs like Titanfail, hates turn based RPGs and anything else with actual quality...yep, your opinions are just the worst ever.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Too bad for you it didn't

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No, God no

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Too busy with The last of Us musical?

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ND has nothing to do with this, Activision owns the rights to Crash as of now.

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If Activision owns the rights of Crash ,how can Sony and Naughty Dog make a new entry in the series ?

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It's possible to license an IP from a rights holder and develop/publish the game through other parties. It's just a matter of how stubborn Activision is going to be with the IP and whether Sony/Naughty Dog are willing to license it.


Of course, Activision could refuse to license, or insist on publishing instead of Sony, or they could insist on making the game multiplatform instead of Sony exclusivity (which Sony probably wouldn't agree to or let Naughty Dog develop the game in that case.)

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<< LINK REMOVED >> They can't, unless Naughty Dog as a dev decides to use Activision as a publisher, which isn't going to happen anytime soon.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> i dont understand why the fk cant Sony just buy the rights from Activision? Its not like they dont have money

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Basically yeh, of cours ND would like to make another Crash but with their partnership with Sony it isn't going to happen.

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How stupid from GS.An article on the homepage with tens of people reading and commenting upon it ,about something that isn't even possible.


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Let me put it this way, Eddie is on vacation so GS has to find something to post so they can get the clicks.

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I want Bonks Adventure back(please Hudson).

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Hudson no longer exists, sadly. They got absorbed into Konami who subsequently locked away all of their IPs and now pretends that they don't exist.


I'd kill for a new Bomberman game (as long as it wasn't done 'act zero' style)

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Crash kart racing please.

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Meh Mario Kart was better.

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Would be awesome to see a new crash/Spyro even remastered PS1 versions.

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I believe something would have been done with Crash already if not for Activision.

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Crash is soooo boring, Spyro is were it's at.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I liked Spyro but I liked Crash way more, especially the running from the camera moments as a bear or something chases you toward the screen, plus Crash had so many secret areas it was fun to explore, good times.

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I just prefer the open world that Spyro made history back then and Spyro games tends to be longer then Crash. But hey, to each there own I guess.

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it won't sell well, it's just nostalgia and nothing else, plus the old games were nothing that spectacular. It'd be a waste of time and money to make a new one. Just make a hd remaster of the old games in a bundle for ppl wearing nostalgia glasses and move onward.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> The old crash games were a huge jump forward from other console games being made at the time, it had gameplay and graphics most developers back then would have killed to have in their game

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Rather have a new ip

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"It's not photo realistic so we're not doing it anymore. We're too busy making the same game that came out last year for PS4 and then back to Drake. Sorry."

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<< LINK REMOVED >> TLOU came out last year on PS4, I think you need to go to sleep, you're talking nonsense.

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Fu×k Crash, just give me a new Spyro game. His game was sooo much better then Crash BandiLame.

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Crash Bandicoot was already narrative driven. There's a story that could use some added depth. The gameplay wouldn't need to change much.

It'd be nice to see some high quality child-focused, narrative driven games.

Maybe even do it as a $15 download only title. It could be hugely successful.

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So to summarize, it is dead after all is that what you're saying?

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