Crash Bandicoot is arguably one of the most beloved platforming franchises in gaming history. I look back on it fondly and nostalgically of the days when I would only have my PS1 console. The series ended with it’s original developers Naughty Dog in 1998 but has been scooped up by other companies such as Traveller’s Tales (from 2004 – 2011) and Activison (from 2008 to the present) who have produced other games but have never really stood up to the standard of the original trilogy and spin-offs.
The original Crash Bandicoot series, from left to right: Crash Bandicoot (1996); Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (1997); Crash Banditcoot: Warped (1998)
However, the gaming community were in a buzz after an image was published online. It is a simple image of Crash and Aku Aku looking out to the sunset with just one word – “2016”.
This is image shown to me in regards to Crash’s revival – I couldn’t find the exact original as it is believed that the images have now been taken down. Apart from this one, obviously.
Many rumours before this image were circulated around Crash being bought back in July 2014 when Naughty Dog community strategist Arne Meyer when she was asked about the return of 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.” Randy Falk of NECA – who have created figures for some of Naughty Dog’s series such as Uncharted and Sony’s series such as God of War – said this as the New York Toy Fair earlier this week: “[after being asked about the Kratos figure] Yeah, that’s one we wanted to do way back when, and finally, we’ve been able to get back in with Sony and get some of that stuff out. And looking at some of their other titles, I see they’re bringing Crash Bandicoot back, which is really cool. There’s some great stuff there.”
Above: Sony Entertainment America President Shawn Laydon wearing a Crash Bandicoot t-shirt at last year’s PlayStation Experience; bottom right: a fan-made PS4 cover for Crash Bandicoot Returns which did the round in the internet; right: a image tweeted out by PlayStation Middle East which translates as “Most wanted person…where are you Crash?”. All of these things have added to fan’s beliefs that Crash is being rebooted sometime in the future.
It would be understandable to bring back Crash now seeing as the final installment of Uncharted – Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – is being released in May and the success of The Last of Us, however it would be difficult as Activision still hold the Crash Bandicoot rights.
Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 2 (pictured above) was the last Crash Bandicoot game to be made in 2010.
Sadly, Gamespot were able to contact a NECA representative, who said this: “It’s not the case. 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.”
NECA (National Entertainment Collectibles Association) have been creating figures since 1996 and have done so for TV shows, films, video games and even music bands.
But perhaps this is a good thing – maybe Naughty Dog will take a leaf out of Square Enix’s book and create a remake of a much demanded and well-loved game like Final Fantasy 7. The hype of that game is unrealistic. And with all comments and news articles made for this hopefully vision, it has create some attention from the devs.
A fan remade a part of Crash Bandicoot in the Unreal 4 engine. This was my reaction too.
So, do you think Crash Bandicoot should be remade? Or should it simple be accessible via the PS4? Let me know your thought by commenting or even hitting me up on Twitter – @GamerAngel_301. Personally, I would take either choice, so long as Naughty Dog are the ones in charge. Sorry Activision.
Hopefully if Crash is rebooted, they’ll stick with his original look.