Evidence is growing that the long sought-after Crash Bandicoot revival is in the works at Sony, with the latest hint coming from one of Sony's collectibles partners, the National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA).
Speaking to Pixel Dan, NECA's director of product development, Randy Falk, let slip that Sony is "bringing Crash Bandicoot back":
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.
Yeah, [Ultimate Kratos is] 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.
Just last week, PlayStation Middle East shared an image of a wanted poster starring Crash, and at PlayStation Experience in December, Sony Computer Entertainment America president and CEO Shawn Layden wore a Crash Bandicoot T-shirt. Furthermore, Robomodo revealed on Twitter last year that they talked about including Crash Bandicoot - who belongs to Activision, at least as far as public record goes - in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5, but that they weren't able to due to "a combo of timing and rights."