The return of Crash Bandicoot has been one of the most talked about items among gamers on the net over the past several years. Fans want to see the once proclaimed PlayStation mascot in action again! What is Activision doing with the franchise? Did Sony get it “back”? Would Naughty Dog develop a new game? So many questions and tons of rumors abound but one constant remains the same: People want to see Crash back in a brand new game.
So, let’s say the rumors are true and Sony reached a deal with Activision to get the rights of Crash. However unlikely the following hypothetical scenario may be, I think it would be advantageous for PlayStation to take a risk and make a brand new and exclusive Crash game for the PlayStation Vita to kick off his return. Sure, we may have started out by playing him on the big screen but the Vita has proven that it is capable of providing a great experience, from some more hardcore titles that are more demanding on hardware and controls down to colorful platformers and adventure games like Crash.
Why the Vita? It’s no secret that the handheld barely made a blip on the map in Western regions and while it sells decently in its homeland Japan, it’s still far behind its competitor in sales. So again, why the Vita? Well, I just gave one reason right there – low sales. The Vita needs a boost, badly. It’s suffering and it has so much potential. I have said it several times over, while Sony has a few things they need to change regarding the Vita, one of the main problems it is facing is exclusive games from recognizable and popular franchises. Crash Bandicoot would definitely fit that bill. Certain games sell systems. Crash could be just the thing the Vita needs to boost sales and get other developers interested in the platform again.
What else? If you have visited the official PlayStation Blog recently, or any time over the past 3 years, almost every article has a comment saying the following: “Hey Sony! Where’s Crash (PS1 classic) for Vita?!” There are people who tirelessly beg for Sony to allow us to play the classic crash games on the handheld. If they’re this passionate about playing a classic game that is accessible on PSP and PS3 (also Vita in other regions), how much more so do you think they would want to play a new Crash done right on the Vita?
Tons of fans have been asking for a Crash game and there’s no doubt in my mind that gamers young and old would venture out to get a Vita if it had the return of Crash on it. Sony could kill two birds with one stone: Bringing the fans a new Crash game and breathing some life into the Vita. Now am I saying to keep Crash a Vita exclusive franchise? Absolutely not. I would love to see him back on the big screen and in wonderful Full HD too. Making an exclusive PS4 game sometime after the Vita release would be awesome as well. Would it ever happen that way? Probably not.
Still, I like to pretend that my words matter sometimes and that maybe Sony might take a gander upon them and think, “You know what? This guy’s right!” Hey, I did say pretend. In the end, no matter what avenue, I hope to see Crash return as do many of you. I would like to play a new Crash that remembers its roots and learns from the mistakes that came out of Activision’s time with the franchise. So hopefully our dreams will be realized one day and Crash will be Sony’s! Hey, Sony gave up Spider-Man to a degree to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s only right that they get something in return, right? If only.
Sound off in the comments below! Would you play Crash on Vita if that’s where his return debuted? What system would you want to play Crash on? Do you have any developers in mind that you would like to make the game if not Naughty Dog (my pick is Sanzaru Games)? Let me know in the comments below!