Is Sony Planning To Revive The ‘Crash Bandicoot’ Series?

We really hope this isn’t some cruel joke.

Crash Bandicoot remains one of Sony’s most iconic PlayStation characters, even though the company sold the rights away not long after 1999’s Crash Team Racing was released (coincidentally, that would be the last Crash title developed by series creators Naughty Dog). There have been sporadic releases in the series ever since but they were never as good as the titles released on the original PlayStation.

Now it looks like Sony may be teasing a possible return for the spin-happy marsupial.

PlayStation’s Middle Eastern division posted that image recently. Loosely translated, the phrase reads “Most Wanted: Where Are You Crash?” Does this mean that Sony is considering reviving the franchise for current PlayStation hardware?

If they are, the company hasn’t said anything yet. Activision still retains the rights to the Crash property and Sony hasn’t publicly revealed any intention to buy it back. There’s always the possibility that Sony could be remastering the PlayStation series in partnership with Activision, although that very well could change.

If Sony is producing a new entry in the franchise, you can be reasonably sure that Naughty Dog won’t be making it, as the studio is way too busy with making Uncharted and The Last of Us (besides, if they’re going to revive any franchise, it needs to be Jak & Daxter!). This also could just be one big trolling effort by Sony, though if that’s true, that would be extremely cruel. You can’t toy with our nostalgia like that!

(via: Techno Buffalo)

Nick Steinberg (@Nick_Steinberg)

Nick Steinberg (@Nick_Steinberg)