We all love Easter eggs, but we don't like spoilers, so for the sake of speculation, let's say that Crash Bandicoot will make an appearance in a certain Sony game that is being released tomorrow. Could that mean a new platformer is in the works from Sony and developer Naughty Dog?
Well, not officially, since Sony and ND don't own the rights. Activision acquired them in 2008 from Sierra. PlayStation VP for Publisher and Developer Relations Adam Boyes confirmed it yet again via Twitter saying "Yes, as I've said before Activision owns the rights to Crash Bandicoot." Apparently fans got it in their heads that the IP was up for grabs again since Activision wasn't given credit for Crash's ... er hypothetical appearance in this unnamed game.
Crash was in the news in February when toymaker NECA let slip that Sony was working on a new game. "Looking at some of their other titles, I see they're bringing Crash Bandicoot back, which is really cool," NECA's Director of Product Development Randy Falk said at the time. The company later backtracked, saying "Someone has misunderstood a comment he made. Randy saw a faked fan-made image right before he came to the show and said that if the game were coming back, we'd love to do figures."
And around that same time, PlayStation Middle East tweeted an image of Crash, saying "Most Wanted Person ... Where are you Crash?"
The old saying "Where there is smoke there is fire" could very easily apply here, but nothing will happen without Activision's say so. But we do love to speculate.
John Keefer posted a new article, Crash Bandicoot rights still in the hands of Activision
And there is shall die. :(