Near the beginning of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, there’s a reference to Crash Bandicoot. This was one of Naughty Dog’s very first games. I can’t spoil it for you because I haven’t seen it yet, and I close my eyes and say bad words anytime someone tries to spoil the game for me. But it’s there.
What’s missing, though, is a credit to Activision in the game’s credits. Activision owns the rights to the character, and the omission led some to think that maybe the rights had reverted to or been purchased by Sony.
PlayStation exec Adam Boyes quickly clarified the matter on Twitter, though, saying in no uncertain terms that “Activision owns the rights to Crash Bandicoot.”
Of course, many fans don’t believe him. Sony boss Shawn Layden wore a Crash shirt at Sony’s PSX show this last December, and Activision’s response on Crash’s rights is “no comment,” giving fans lots of fuel to the conspiratorial fire. Just as obviously, Activision owning the rights doesn’t mean it’s not coming. Sony and Activision both love money. If such a project is profitable, it’s coming. But for now, the wait continues.
Uncharted 4, on the other hand, is on shelves now. We really liked it.