It appears as though Sony will revive the Crash Bandicoot video game franchise.
The company hasn’t made a formal announcement, but NECA Toys’ toy director Randy Falk said the company is bringing it back, according to the PixelDan YouTube channel.
In an interview with Pixel Dan, Falk said, “On the modern gaming front, we’re going strong. We’ve got a lot of cool stuff going on with Sony. So we have Ultimate Kratos from God of War III that’s about to hit retail. We have Uncharted 4 Nathan Drake, which comes out in May. And then LittleBigPlanet is doing really well, so we have some more of those here on display, too,” according to Gematsu.
Falk then continues: “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.”
NECA makes several figures based on Sony game franchises that are coming out this year, including Nathan Drake from “Uncharted,” Sakcboy from “LittleBigPlanet,” and Kratos from “God of War.”
It comes just days after PlayStation Middle East posted a cryptic tribute to Crash Bandicoot on its Twitter page.
أكثر شخص مطلوب… أين أنت يا كراش؟ pic.twitter.com/aj85Ap018v
— PlayStation Mid East (@PlayStation_ME) February 6, 2016
The original “Crash Bandicoot” game came out for the Sony PlayStation in 1996, and it was met with widespread success. A few sequels were made, but the franchise has mostly been defunct.
In 2014, Sony President Andrew House didn’t rule out a reboot of the game, saying the company “definitely wouldn’t close the door on that.”
Naughty Dog, the original maker of “Crash Bandicoot,” says it is open to making the game.
“It’s never off the table,” Naughty Dog community strategist Arne Meyer said, according to GameSpot. “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.”