Naughty Dog co-president Evan Wells has admitted that while the studio ‘would love’ to return to the Crash Bandicoot series, it won’t be happening any time soon.
In a recent interview with Spanish gaming magazine Hobby Consolas, Wells was asked about the possibility of one day returning to the series that skyrocketed the Santa Monica-based studio to fame. He said: “In a fantasy world, yes, we’d love to do another Crash Bandicoot, because we enjoyed [developing it on] the PSOne; Crash Team Racing is one of only a few games that I can go back to and play for hours. But in the real world, thinking practically about the resources we have, I don’t see how we can justify putting enough staff into that project.”
Wells’ comments come as a bit of a departure from the stance of long-time Naughty Dog animator Josh Scherr, who last month stated that the studio had moved on since the era of cartoony platformers, and was now focused on telling “more grounded” and “grown up” stories. That being said, this latest interview still doesn’t offer fans much hope of the company revisiting the Crash Bandicoot series in the near future.
With rumours persisting over the past couple of years about Sony potentially re-acquiring and reviving the franchise, who would you like to see take over the mantle if and when it does come to fruition? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Thanks to PUG reader Spencer Schmidt for his help with the translation of the original interview.