Does Sony Own Crash Now?

Update: The previous article has been removed until Uncharted 4's release due to sensitive spoilers. Mild spoilers to follow below!

Uncharted 4 has been a hot topic for Crash fans recently, thanks to the game containing a playable recreation of one of the first game's levels. It's the most recent indicator of our orange boy's likely comeback, but the good news doesn't stop there.

As explained in the previous article, there is no way Crash could have been in Uncharted 4 without some sort of agreement between Sony and Activision. This much is a given, but there are two ways around that: Sony could be under a contract or they've actually gone the whole hog and bought the franchise off Activision's hands. Given the latter's track record with the franchise, the second scenario would be the best one. Thankfully, it's also shaping up to be the most likely turn of events, and here's why.

The credits for Uncharted 4 have been posted online, more specifically in the NeoGAF forum. What's interesting is that there isn't a single, passing mention of Activision in there from top to bottom. If Crash was still Activision's property, Sony would be legally obliged to include their name in the credits as the owners of Crash Bandicoot. Right now I hear the most skeptical of you asking:

Maybe Activision doesn't mind?
Activision definitely would mind. Let's not forget that when PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale came out, they didn't even let Crash become a playable character, regardless of how much sense it made or how much the developers wanted him there.

Perhaps they just forgot to credit Activision?
Oh, this isn't just something you'd forget about. Every trademark Sony doesn't own (such as Polaroid, for example) is mentioned in the credits. This is a requirement enforced by law, and failing to comply can lead to a hefty fine and a lot of trouble. Not even Naughty Dog's 30th anniversary art book was exempt from including Activision in the credits, since it contained pictures of Crash. As you can see, this is something that even applies retroactively.

What if they just patch the credits before release?
Impossible. Even ignoring the previous points, consider how many people don't have their console connected to the Internet, meaning they have no chance of installing patches. This kind of copyright notice needs to be available and visible to each and every customer buying the product.

So is it true? Does Sony really own Crash now?
Well, the cat's not out of the bag yet, but you can see its tail sticking out.

My money is still on E3. This long wait of ours may finally end one month from now, just in time for the series' 20th anniversary. If we're going to get more details regarding this and (one can only hope) a new game, E3 is when it'll make the most sense. Fingers crossed...


0r4ngeLightning | May 5, 2016 - 10:48 PM
Nice article, HP! I do think that everything points to an announcement at this years' E3. Seems like our Bandicoot might just get one heck of a birthday present! :D

Xengard | May 6, 2016 - 12:03 AM
Maybe this has something relatable:
We'll see soon. I'm hyped up.

Xengard | May 8, 2016 - 01:51 AM
Oh... sorry for double post but I think this might be important:
What do you think?

HP Zoner | May 8, 2016 - 10:50 AM
@Xengard Indeed, there's been a lot of speculation regarding Lex Lang's posts. The only character that fits his description is Cortex (Dr. Doom is another doctor he's voiced, but that's hardly a "resurrection" since it was a fairly recent role). I guess we have to draw our own conclusions from there.

I personally would love to see Lex back as Cortex. He gave the character such life and he obviously has a lot of fun doing that voice.

Cooper | May 11, 2016 - 04:58 PM
Hey Guys, I wanna thank you all for telling all this stuff here. I just found this out by you guys. Seriously, thank you.
So for me, our beloved marsupial is surely coming back. There is no way Sony is creating all this fuzz just to troll us gamers (even though I thought that was the truth a couple months back). I'm trying to maintain my level of excitement because, as we all know, hype is not a good thing to hold onto. That being said, I hope to see more and more stuff about this here and again, I'm grateful for all of your commitment here. ^^

HP Zoner | May 12, 2016 - 08:52 AM
@Cooper No problem! It's great to finally have some good Crash news and to see the fandom come together after so long.

Tawna | May 29, 2016 - 09:33 PM
I loved Lex Lang, but Clancy Brown will always be Cortex to me.

Crass Crackar | June 5, 2016 - 03:25 AM
Cool stuff. Hey wasn't there a Crash Easter egg in a PlayStation trailer a while ago?

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