If you’re old enough to remember the first Playstation, then you’ve heard of Crash Bandicoot. Created in 1996 by Naughty Dog – the same developers behind the Uncharted series and The Last of Us – Crash was Sony’s original mascot for their system and one of their first exclusive titles. I can recall the countless hours spent on those games running around islands and spin-attacking crates and enemies alike. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot to new age gamers, but he was the Mario of the 32-bit generation.
Recent evidence has arisen indicating that the wily bandicoot (which is an actual species of animal) may be returning to the PlayStation family. This evidence comes from a picture, seen on the left, from Sony’s recent launch commercial for PlayStation 4. On the white, circular sign with a red outline (seen in the video below at 0:48), a silhouette of what appears to be Crash Bandicoot is seen, with an arrow pointing towards a gold diamond, which just so happens to be the logo of Sony Computer Entertainment, the PlayStation brand’s home company. Even more compelling is that Activision (the company that owned the rights to the character) has taken down any references to Crash from their website. Did Sony buy him back to make a game for the recently released PlayStation 4? It’s sure looking that way. A lot of early PS characters are seen as well, including PaRappa the Rapper. No official word on Sony revamping their old titles yet, but I’ll definitely hope.