Andrew House, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, has voiced the company’s feelings towards reviving franchises. In recent years, Sony has brought back many IPs through PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale and individual titles such as Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. However, many franchises from the days of the PlayStation One have remained in limbo for years. In particular, Crash Bandicoot, from Naughty Dog, and Spyro the Dragon, from Insomniac Games, have both garnered a bit of a cult following over the past few years.
House spoke about these two IPs. Check out his quote.
“This is very dangerous ground. In concept, it is something we’ve been thinking about and discussing, and this is a shift for us. We’ve started to say that maybe there isn’t anything wrong with going back and looking at characters that people still talk about, that were a big part of either their childhood or their youth. I definitely wouldn’t close the door on that.” — Andrew House, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment
Both of these franchises are currently owned by Activision, but that doesn’t remove the possibility of buying said IPs back. Personally, I feel that the age of the mascot platformer is over. It’d be cool to see either series continue, though.
Andrew House, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, doesn’t want to close the door on reviving franchises like Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon. This could signal a return of old IPs to the PlayStation platform in the future. There are no current plans.