Crash Bandicoot is Still Owned by Activision Folks, Not Sony
Yesterday, a rumor surfaced claiming that Sony might have bought back the rights to the fan-favorite IP, Crash Bandicoot. However, that is not the case, Activision had bought the franchise and Sony has confirmed that they still own it.
What happened was that Sony Computer Entertainment payed homage to the game through an easter egg that has been included in Uncharted 4 A Thief’s End. At the start of the game you see Nathan and Elena playing the original game on a PlayStation One.
Some guys decided to look deeper into this and pointed out that Sony did not mention Activision in the credits for the game which they normally would if they had used something from an IP owned by anyone else.
This gave rise to suspicion that Sony might have bought back the rights to Crash Bandicoot from Activision. The matter was discussed with Adam Boyes, the vice president of Publisher & Developer Relations at PlayStation through his official Twitter account where he clearly denied the rumor.
@tulupowdan yes, as I've said before Activision owns the rights to Crash Bandicoot
— Adam Boyes (@amboyes) May 8, 2016
Well, that settles at least one part of the speculation, Sony itself is not publishing the alleged game which is yet to be revealed.
However, a newly surfaced rumor has hinted at the possibility of the game being developed (whether Sony is at the publishing helm or not). The voice actor behind our villain, Dr. Neo, said that he had been “asked to resurrect three different characters that I voiced from 3 different games gone by” including “a doctor, a devil and a droid/AI.”
The doctor part has tons of Crash Bandicoot fans hoping for a new PS4 game.