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Rumor: Sony Buying Crash Bandicoot IP from Activision

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According to CVG Sony is acquiring the rights to Crash Bandicoot from Activision. Crash Bandicoot became the official mascot of the first Sony PlayStation console and was a popular franchise for many years until it was sold as part of a deal with Vivendi.

A thread on Reddit noted that Activision took down the official Crash Bandicoot website this week and removed all references to Crash Bandicoot from its web properties. Further evidence suggesting Sony intends to reboot the series on PlayStation is the Crash Bandicoot Easter Egg spotted in the recent PS4 launch trailer. Approached for comment, one Sony official told Twitter users to direct questions about the series to Activision.

Originally created by Naughty Dog for Sony, Crash Bandicoot was a hit series on the original PlayStation console. The last console-based Crash Bandicoot game was Activision's Crash: Mind Over Mutant, which launched on PS2, Xbox 360 and Wii in 2008.

We'll have more on this story as it develops, but I don't think anyone would object to a new game in the series if it was returned to the care of Naughty Dog...

Source: CVG

 

http://gamepolitics.com/2013/11/22/rumor-sony-buying-crash-bandicoot-ip-activision#.UpB2X8Snpqk

 

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I hope they're buying the IP in order to give it back to Naughty Dog.

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I hope they're buying the IP in order to give it back to Naughty Dog.

 

Agreed. If they aren't making the game, not interested.

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Agreed. If they aren't making the game, not interested.

 

Have you read the story about how they invented, circumvented, hacked, glued together, a bunch of new technologies just to make the first game? It's an amazing read.

 

Making Crash Bandicoot

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I loved this series. would be nice to have it revived, and not bastardized.

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Naughty Dog have multiple teams now, don't see why they wouldn't get it.

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Very interesting. It would be great to see Naughty Dog bring this series back.

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This would be great!

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There hasn't been a good Crash game since the PS1. Let's hope they have bought it, so it can go back to it's original routes. :)

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Hmm... very very interesting.

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Nostalgia levels maximum. If they pulled a Monkey Island: Special Edition and had retouched versions of the original 3 + a new game in the same style, I would actually be reasonably tempted when prices drop down.

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