Crash Bandicoot Definitely Coming To PS4?
A number of fans were hoping that a new Crash Bandicoot title would be revealed when Sony announced it was going to be bringing back a classic PlayStation franchise at the PlayStation 4 All-Access event that aired on 14 November, which is the day before the US launch of the PS4.
As we know, that “classic franchise” turned out to be a new Uncharted title for PS4, which we imagine to be a kind of reboot, much like Killzone: Shadow Fall and Infamous: Second Son, where the games are technically sequels as they take place in the same worlds, but they are disconnected from their predecessors enough to be considered reboots or refreshes for the franchise.
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Eskimo Press was disappointed by the lack of Crash Bandicoot, and so it reached out to its contact for information on the matter. Their contact, as they say, was the first to leak information about the new Uncharted game to them. So there’s some validity to their source.
Eskimo Press also states that it was “the first site” to confirm that Uncharted 4 was in development for the PlayStation 4 and that it would be revealed this year. The source that leaked that information to the site seemingly had quite a bit to say about a Crash Bandicoot reboot, almost certain that it was a real thing.
Crash Bandicoot has a bit of a weird and complex history, truth be told. Naughty Dog developed the first four games and released them exclusively on PlayStation. After that, the series went multi-platform after a falling out between Sony Computer Entertainment and Universal Studios, and the franchise was then handed over to another developer. Currently, Activision holds the license for the Crash Bandicoot series (oh, the horror!), which makes you wonder why the game would be exclusive to PS4 should it be real.
The source told Eskimo Press:
Crash Bandicoot is definitely on its way to the PlayStation 4. The PS4 is basically the second iteration of the PS2 and they are going to be bringing back some of the biggest games from that era. I did not get to see any game-play, but it is definitely in production. I spoke briefly to a friend whom I visited ND with about this the other day; it is possibly that ND is actually working with SMS on this game. I cannot confirm this, but it seems very plausible. There is a chance of a small teaser this year, or at least an announcement, but I wouldn’t count on it.
The website goes on to say that on November 16 its source confirmed that a next-gen reboot of Crash Bandicoot is in production and is definitely on its way to the PlayStation 4. It would surely be one of the biggest and well kept secrets in the gaming industry if Sony somehow managed to acquire the Crash Bandicoot license from Activision and were dead set on bringing the game to the new console.
The website also puts the idea out there of a possible Naughty Dog and Santa Monica Studio partnership for the Crash Bandicoot reboot, which would ensure its exclusivity.
For now, take all of this with a pinch of salt because we can’t confirm it. But I will say that I rather like the statement made by the source that the PS4 is “basically the second iteration of the PS2” and that Sony would be bringing back some of the biggest games of that era.
I certainly hope that’s true, because Crash Bandicoot is just one major series we’d all love to see make a return.