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Naughty Dog Talks New Crash Bandicoot
Just a few days ago Sony CEO Andrew House revealed that Sony isn’t ruling out a return for one of its long-dormant franchises and mascot, Crash Bandicoot. Though he was quick to stress that it would be difficult to make a new game considering the fact that Activision owns the Crash Bandicoot IP, he was adamant not to rule anything out. It seems as though the series’ original developer, Naughty Dog, shares the same view.
Speaking to IGN, community strategist Arne Meyer stated that while the studio isn’t looking into either Crash or Jak, it won’t rule out visiting both IPs in the future.
“It’s never off the table,” he said. “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.
“Right now, what’s exciting everyone at the studio is continuing to work on narrative-driven games with strong characters. I think, at least for the time being, we haven’t exhausted the possibilities there, but that could change with something as simple as hardware. That’s what drove it before. I think we’re on to something really good though creating character-driven stories so that’s where our focus is going to be.
“It comes back to our decision making process, whether it feels right. With Jak at that time we were really focused on making games grounded in a stylised but realistic world, and if you tried to transfer Jak to that you lose a lot of what made him special. It doesn’t mean though that at no point in the future will we get good at making stylised artificial universes however, and then it’ll work.”