Activision wants to resurrect the Crash Bandicoot platforming video game series, the company told Game Informer when asked if the publisher still owns the Crash Bandicoot IP.
“Activision owns Crash Bandicoot and we continue to explore ways in which we could bring the beloved series back to life,” a representative told Game Informer. Rumors arose that Activision no longer owned the IP when Redditor user Cocobandicoot discovered all references of Crash Bandicoot were removed from Activision.com and the franchise's website was taken offline.
The series was conceived by Naughty Dog's Andy Gavin and Jason Rubin for Sony. The first title in the series, Crash Bandicoot, was released as a PlayStation exclusive in 1996. To date, the franchise has seen a total of 18 releases across mobile, current-generation platforms and handhelds, such as the PS Vita and Nintendo DS. In 2011, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg told Kotaku that he would "love to find a way to bring him back, if we could."