Naughty Dog Asked Activision to Let them Include Crash Bandicoot in Fan Art Contest; Got Denied
by Giuseppe Nelva
Naughty Dog is holding a fan art design contest to celebrate its 30th anniversary, prompting fans to create their own artwork related to Uncharted, The Last of Us and Jak and Daxter in order to win some definitely spiffy prizes.
As you probably noticed, there’s at least one relevant name missing from the list, and that’s Crash Bandicoot, which made Naughty Dog popular to begin with in the era of the first PlayStation. Of course fans asked on the comments of the PlayStation Blog whether the famous character could be included, but Community Strategist Eric Monacelli’s answer was unfortunately negative.
Sorry no Crash… : (
Another fan asked if they could just ask Activision (who owns the rights for the IP) for permission, and unfortunately Monacelli’s reply was again negative.
We asked. It’s not something we can offer for this.
Monacelli also added that fans living in Europe can still enter the contest, but unfortunately won’t be eligible for prizes.
Interestingly, this unfortunate denial of the possibility of using Naughty Dog’s own creation comes right as Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House told The Telegraph that he “wouldn’t close the door” on a future return of the franchise.