Before Nathan Drake, Sackboy, and Kratos, Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon were the mascots on the PlayStation brand. These quirky characters created by Naughty Dog and Insomniac Games remain dear to many gamers, and many would like to see a reboot. While nothing has been announced, this is something Sony President Andrew House has been discussing internally at Sony.
Speaking with The Telegraph, the president revealed that Sony has been thinking and discussing the possibility of reviving these characters. The big hurdle is that both IPs are owned by Activision.
“This is very dangerous ground. In concept, it is something we’ve been thinking about and discussing, and this is a shift for us. We’ve started to say that maybe there isn’t anything wrong with going back and looking at characters that people still talk about, that were a big part of either their childhood or their youth. I definitely wouldn’t close the door on that.”
Activision purchased both the Spyro and Crash Bandicoot IPs in the early 2000s. The publisher managed to turn the Spyro franchise into the highly profitable Skylanders franchise. Crash Bandicoot, however, has not starred in a videogame since 2008. Last year there was speculation that Sony purchased the rights to Crash from Activision, though Activision denied the rumors.