It’s hard to believe that everyone’s favourite bandicoot is eighteen this year, but yet unlike most 18th birthday celebrations, there doesn’t seem to be much cause for celebration; there hasn’t been any sign of Crash in quite some time (he was last seen on the Playstation 3 in Crash: Mind Over Mutant in 2008.) We know Activision have the rights to the franchise, but Crash obviously isn’t on the top of their priority list. Now with this is mind it got me thinking – what if Sony brought back the rights to Crash Bandicoot? And just who would develop it?
1) Insomniac Games (Spyro The Dragon, Ratchet & Clank)
In the mid-to-late 90s there was only one other game that rivalled the popularity of Playstation’s mascot, and that rival was Insomniac’s purple dragon Spyro. Although Insomniac – much like Naughty Dog – focused on more mature games during the Playstation 3’s lifecycle with the Resistance franchise, they’re no stranger to action platformers as they’re also the team behind the popular Ratchet and Clank series. It would certainly be interesting to see the creators of Spyro take on Crash Bandicoot, even if it is a long shot.
2) SCE Japan (Puppeteer, Knack)
The chances of Sony giving the rights of Crash to a prolific Japanese studio is doubtful, but that doesn’t mean we can’t think of the possibilities. Knack was a simple yet under appreciated Playstation 4 launch game, and it’s a game that I feel people may have been too harsh on. Sure it didn’t reinvent the wheel of what a 3D action platformer should be, but its simplicity was executed well and it introduced a great, quirky new character to the Playstation ecosystem in Knack. Also, the director of Knack – Mark Cerny – was the creative director of Crash Bandicoot. A coincidence? I think not.
3) Media Molecule (Little Big Planet, Tearaway)
Media Molecule are certainly the most AAA creative team out there today, and along with their creativity that they bring to their games is their charm. They’ve proved they can do 2.5D platformers with LBP and they’ve also proved that they can do 3D platformers with Tearaway (Playstation Vita’s best game, if you didn’t already know). Is creativity and charm what the Crash Bandicoot needs? Or does it need to go back to its roots?…
4) Naughty Dog (Crash Bandicoot)
An obvious pick, but who better to reboot the franchise than the studio that created it? It does seem unlikely, however, that Naughty Dog would take on Crash again, given their more recent approach to AAA blockbuster mature games in the Uncharted series and The Last Of Us. It would be nice to see Crash come home after all these years though would it not?
So that’s it! That’s my four picks for who should take on Crash Bandicoot if Sony was to regain the rights and reboot the franchise? Who would you like to see take on the Crash Bandicoot franchise?