Crash Bandicoot Coming to Skylanders

Crash Bandicoot is back! Sort of.

Yes, it's true, it's 100% official, and it's not something you should worry about just yet. I'm here to tell you why this could actually confirm everything we've all been hoping for, but for those out of the loop, let's start from the beginning.

A few days ago, a retailer in Singapore listed a so-called "Crash Edition" for the upcoming Skylanders Imaginators, an upcoming entry in Activision's toys-to-life franchise that lets you play as the figurines you own. You might remember that Crash's old buddy Spyro was converted into a Skylander back when this franchise began, a move that simultaneously put an end to the character's solo career, much to many fans' dismay.

Many people have theorized that Crash would some day become a Skylander himself, but not necessarily with a smile. After all, none of us actually want the bandicoot to follow Spyro and be revived as something entirely different from what we love him for. Both franchises can and should coexist independently from one another.

Now let's talk about why there's no need to worry about that right now. If you head to the official Skylanders web site, you'll see that the Crash Edition is, indeed, quite real, even if there are no details or pictures about it yet, and you can only see it under certain conditions (such as selecting Canada as your country). The interesting thing about it (besides the Toys 'R Us exclusivity) is that it's not coming out on anything but the PlayStation 4, which was something that was also mentioned by the Singapore retailer earlier.

Why is this interesting? Well, if you've been keeping up with the news, you'll know that there are strong indications that Sony might own Crash now. This would explain why the Crash Edition is limited to their console, as opposed to the other editions, which are multiplatform releases. This wouldn't be a first for Skylanders — both Bowser and Donkey Kong previously appeared in Skylanders Superchargers Racing, but only on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, since they are, after all, characters owned by Nintendo. This could be a similar case.

If true, it doesn't take long to conclude that this might not be the only thing related to Crash coming out soon. Sony knows full well that people want to see Crash Bandicoot return to form, and they're not oblivious enough to think a Skylanders role will quench the fans' thirst. In fact, it's very likely that the Crash Edition exists mostly to promote something else. A popular theory at the moment is that just like Uncharted 4 is making older gamers remember Crash, the new Skylanders Imaginators will introduce the character to younger audiences, all in an attempt to promote general interest in a new Crash game.

Once again we're just theorizing with what little details we have, but I hope this has given you a new perspective on things if you were worried about Crash's future. As a reminder, Sony's conference at E3 is happening on June 13 at 1 PM (Pacific Time, which means most of us Europeans will probably be sleeping by then). Let's hope we get the announcement we've all been waiting for.


thebandragoness | June 11, 2016 - 02:39 PM
Man, it's refreshing to see an article that's actually levelheaded and optimistic about this. I swear, if I hear one more person say, "AAAAAAGH CRASH IS IN SKYLANDERS NOOOOOO THIS MEANS HE WON'T GET HIS OWN GAME ACTIVISION SUCKS WAAAAAAAAAH," I'm gonna flip out.

Carrot-master | June 11, 2016 - 02:43 PM
Crash in Skylanders would only make sense if another game was also coming. If there's not another game coming then the Crash in Skylanders thing wouldn't help Activision in any way, cause old Crash fans won't buy it and kids won't know who Crash is. Also, the PS4 exclusive thing would make 0 sense considering less people would be able to buy it then. So, a new game is the only thing which does make sense, cause then kids will see the new game and want it because it's got a Skylanders character in it (Crash), kids who buy the new game might be interested in Skylanders then and Crash fans will most definitely get the new game and if they like it, the Skylanders pack.
I personally hate the idea of Crash in Skylander, but if he gets his own game as well then I don't really care. As long as his design doesn't look anywhere near as bad as Spyro's...

Samno | June 11, 2016 - 02:59 PM
I'm overjoyed. Just glad to see he's making a return, in whatever form!

Smaz | June 11, 2016 - 05:04 PM
It's a solid start. I don't think this is what we've all been waiting for, but it makes absolute sense to start with something small, Crash-related, and lead into something more... main. This article mirrors my own thoughts on the subject and I feel the most alluring thing of all is the PS4 exclusivity, when Crash, well, ISN'T (at least, not since The Wrath of Cortex). All aboard the fuzzy orange hype train!

Bitmap | June 11, 2016 - 05:05 PM
I don't believe Sony owns Crash, but I do believe a strong deal with Sony is going on. Good lil' Article HP.

TheGrayKirby | June 11, 2016 - 05:48 PM
I hope something comes afterward, because to have crash get the skylanders Spyro treatment is much more insulting than just letting him rest in peace

Xengard | June 11, 2016 - 08:26 PM
Welp, time will tell. If anything, Crash is being revived and will probably be in other ***les. We'll see.

Sypress | June 11, 2016 - 11:13 PM
i'm excited honestly, if to get an actual piece of crash bandicoot merchandise if nothing else.

Tawna | June 12, 2016 - 03:28 AM
I don't even own a PS4 (Xbox One gamer) but I would buy Crash Skylander figures just to collect them. But if they do make a new Crash Bandicoot game for the PS4 as well, I may have to look into buying a PS4...

Phuxion | June 12, 2016 - 04:35 AM
Sony does NOT own Crash.
Sony's head of third party (Adam Boyes) confirmed that Activision still owns Crash...
1) Activision would not give up the Crash rights to Sony, especially if Activision planned to include Crash in Skylanders which is a franchise that Activision owns. What kind of backwards logic would it be for them to sell the rights to Sony only to include Crash in Skylanders right afterwards?
2) Since Activsion still owns Crash the most likely scenario is that Crash is a timed exclusive for the PS4 version of Skylanders Imaginators just like Hulk was for Disney Infinity 2.0 and Boba Fett was for Infinity 3.0. Both of which were announced on Sony's E3 press conference stages. Now that Infinity has been canceled this announcement is would be filling that space at Sony's conference this year.
3) What is the scenario that Activison stands to make the most money in? It's releasing Crash as timed exclusive in Skylanders, followed by a solo Crash game that Sony is footing the bill for. Basically a situation where Activision doesn't have to lift a finger and ends up with a lot of money from Skyalnders and the game that Sony is funding/licensing.
It's a similar situation to the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. Marvel Studios is making it, but Sony still owns the Spider-Man rights and will be distributing the movie meaning that they will be making the majority of the profit without having to do any work really.

Cooper | June 12, 2016 - 10:11 PM
I feel happy now. ^^
I kinda still do not understand this "copyrights" thing, but I agree with @thebandragoness about optimism. I feel as they were marketing those rumours and that Crash might be in a spotlight pretty soon. I do not own a PlayStation, but if one day our beloved marsupial gets back, I would be ecstatic ^^.
Also, good job on the article, @HP! I had some trouble trying to figure what was this Skylanders thing, but I understand it now.

Coolsy101 | June 14, 2016 - 03:12 AM
GUYS! Sony just announced that they have partnered with Activision and will release remasters of Crash Bandicoot 1, 2 & 3 exclusively to PS4!

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