Activision still owns the rights to the Crash Bandicoot license, PlayStation's VP of publisher and developer relations Adam Boyes has confirmed.
The publisher acquired the rights to the franchise in 2008 after absorbing it from Sierra. It had previously belonged to Sony, Universal, Konami and Vivendi.
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Sony's clarification follows an appearance by Crash Bandicoot in this week's Uncharted 4, which features a sequence that lets users play a level from the original PS1 game. The original game's case is also included as a collectible.
Players claim, however, that Uncharted 4's credits do not feature a credit to Activision, prompting some to believe that Sony may have quietly reacquired the IP, rather than license it. VideoGamer.com contacted SCEE for further clarification on the use of the IP last week but has yet to receive a response.
Crash Bandicoot, of course, was created by Uncharted 4 developer Naughty Dog before it was sold off to Konami in 2001. The most recent major Crash Bandicoot game, Crash: Mind Over Mutant, was released back in 2008.
Activision has yet to announce plans for a future Crash Bandicoot game.