Almost a decade after the release of the last direct sequel in what was originally Naughty Dog's popular PlayStation franchise Crash Bandicoot, publisher Sony Entertainment may or may not have hinted on one of its global Twitter accounts at the return of the body-slamming, tornado-spinning, box-crushing marsupial that became one of the icons of gaming in the '90s. But is it the ultimate tease or the ultimate troll?
Sony's PlayStation account for the Middle East tweeted an image of one of the console's most recognizable anthropomorphic characters on Feb. 6. The graphic contains Crash pictured on what appears to be a ragged, Wild West-style outlaw poster illuminated by a torch light, with the caption "Most Wanted: Where Are You Crash?" written out in Arabic.
أكثر شخص مطلوب... أين أنت يا كراش؟ pic.twitter.com/aj85Ap018v— PlayStation Mid East (@PlayStation_ME) February 6, 2016
The rumor of a Crash Bandicoot revival has already sent fans of the game into an enthusiastic frenzy, with many of them declaring their intent to purchase a PS4 if an actual follow-up game materializes.
will i really buy a ps4 if sony puts out another crash bandicoot? probably— tim (gay)ne (@sidekcks) February 10, 2016
Had a dream about Crash Team Racing and as of this morning there's gonna be a Crash Bandicoot PS4 game??? Am I psychic or am I psychic— Miq✨ (@Ladymikmaq) February 10, 2016
Bro if Sony comes out with Crash Bandicoot for PS4 I might have to cop one..and I just sold my Xbox smh.— DJ 2RAWW (@Trent_D_) February 10, 2016
Of course, some are a bit more skeptical than others.
As of now, no other Sony Twitter account has teased anything about a possible franchise comeback, and no official statement has been released by the company, even though the multinational entertainment corporation has teased the return of the game twice in the recent past (the first time during the launch of the PS4) - the fact that Activision actually owns the rights to the IP notwithstanding.
Despite this, executives at Sony have publicly stated in the past they are not opposed to bringing the game series out of the vault and adding a new installment. As Sony's Group CEO Andrew House stated during an interview with the Telegraph back in late 2014 about a prospective resurrection of the Crash Bandicoot and Spyro games:
"In concept, it is something we've been thinking about and discussing, and this is a shift for us," stated House. "We've started to say that maybe there isn't anything wrong with going back and looking at characters that people still talk about, that were a big part of either their childhood or their youth. I definitely wouldn't close the door on that."
If a Crash Bandicoot reboot really is in the works, we already have some ideas on how to pull it off. Just sayin'.