A new Crash Bandicoot game is reportedly in development at Activision and Toys for Bob, the original developer behind Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time. Windows Central’s Jez Corden accidentally spilled the beans on a recent Xbox podcast, implying that he knows of one in the works and it might be announced during the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase.
Speaking on the Xbox Chaturdays podcast over the weekend, Corden and guest Rand al Thor – who is mostly renowned for having accurate insider information – stated that a new Crash Bandicoot game is in development at Toys for Bob and it will be revealed at the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase this weekend.
Activision shifted Toys for Bob over to a support studio for the Call of Duty franchise, specifically the free-to-play Call of Duty: Warzone. However, reports surfaced as early as last year suggesting that the developer was working on a non-Call of Duty title. It seems like this might be a new Crash Bandicoot game.
The Crash Bandicoot franchise was originally developed by PlayStation first-party studio Naughty Dog for the PS1 in the 90s. However, the rights to the IP was passed along to Activision who produced several sequels before landing in the hands of Toys for Bob. The studio would work on Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy before being tasked with developing a new entry in the series after rejuvenated interest.
Last year, Activision Blizzard confirmed that a majority of its core studios were working on the Call of Duty franchise, but it looks like Toys for Bob might be the exception in this case, seemingly being allowed to work on a new Crash Bandicoot title as well as the COD series. We’ll know for certain closer to the time, but take this with a grain of salt for now.
Source: Xbox Chaturdays Podcast