You may have thought that we were high on Wumpa Fruit when we recently reported that Crash Bandicoot could be making a comeback on the PlayStation 4, but Activision has added more fuel to the throwback fire by removing any references to the PSone mascot from its official website. For those out of the loop, the Call of Duty publisher actually owns the rights to the character – but strong rumours suggest that Sony may have bought the license back.
A quick search for the star on the aforementioned company’s homepage sucks up zero results, while the property’s primary domain resolves on an old Sierra branded website. The timing of the outspoken protagonist’s removal is especially interesting, seeing as a recent PS4 commercial hinted that the hero had been reacquired by the platform holder. Unfortunately, if that’s the case, the Japanese giant’s wearing its very best poker face.
Chiming in on the speculation overnight, PlayStation developer and publisher relations executive Adam Boyes suggested that Activision still owns the intellectual property. It wouldn’t be the first time that the company’s lied to maintain a surprise, but we suspect that the suit would have avoided commenting on this topic at all if the character really was making a comeback. Nevertheless, we hope that the excitement surrounding the rumours has encouraged the company to consider buying the brand. After all, it’s been five years since the hero last stretched his spindly legs.