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Submitted by leonHurley 850d ago | interview

Naughty Dog co-founder chats next-gen, The Last Of Us, and how he’d fix Crash Bandicoot

Without Andrew Gavin, there’s a chance Nathan Drake, Sully, Joel and Ellie would never have found a home on PS3. Even though he left Naughty Dog just before the studio made the first Uncharted, Gavin was instrumental in getting the company off the ground, co-founding the Santa Monica-based developer in 1986 with Jason Rubin. We caught up with him for an chat, where he talked about saving the bandicoot, his love of novels and what he thinks Naughty Dog is capable of on next-gen. (Crash Bandicoot, Dev, Industry, Naughty Dog, PS2, PS3, PS4, The Last Of Us)

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Majin-vegeta  +   850d ago
OPM Crash Bandicoot seems to have lost his marsupial magic over the years. Do you think his games can be revitalised?

AG Crash needs a total reboot. There’s an opportunity to reset the history, and go back to his creation story and the original conflict with Cortex. In that context, you could reprise classic Crash 1 and 2’s settings and villains. It would make sense to use a more modern, free-roaming style. I would concentrate on Looney Tunes-esque animation and really addictive action. That’s what we did with the original Crash, and there’s no reason it couldn’t be done today. Given the current Crash games, people forget that he was once cool. Our Crash had a certain whimsical edge to him. Sure, it was goofy – but it wasn’t dumb.

OPM What do you make of Crash today? Are you sad that he’s gone from PlayStation icon to yesterday’s mascot?

AG I don’t pay much attention to recent Crash games. For me, he’s like the hot high-school girlfriend who put on 50 pounds. I just can’t look. His post-Naughty Dog games fall down not only in being too goofy, but in gameplay and balance. We tried very hard to make every level evenly paced, addictive and engaging. Crash was about being frantic, but at the same time relatively free of frustration – although some of the levels in the original were too hard.

He is right the last few games that came out on PS2 were crap.Sony needs to get the license back and hand it back to it's original fathers.
Yodagamer  +   850d ago
Sony never "had" the license to crash or spyro it was owned by universal with sony helping to publish. When naughty dog and insomniac didn't want them, they moved on and eventually merged with activison. It was an unfortunate mess, but atleast we get the originals on psn or my case on both disc and psn.
TopDudeMan  +   850d ago
A modern day reboot (Similar to say sonic generations or new super mario bros) would be really cool for crash. I'd be all over that like ink on a newspaper.
pr0t0typeknuckles  +   849d ago
he is exactly right,and i couldnt agree with him more,though i mean he co-created crash so obviously he knows what needs to be done.
TrevorPhillips  +   850d ago
I want crash back onto next gen consoles and especially a crash team racing! I couldn't stop playing them and still am by today and as for the last of us that already looks insane, imagine seeing it on the next gen platforms a long side with uncharted :O
Trago1337  +   850d ago
Get him, Jason Rubin and Mark Cerny do contract work for Activision to make a PROPER Crash game, we've already lost Spyro to Skylanders, Crash can still be saved
minimur12  +   850d ago
no. not activision,

give the game to ND and include cerny and rubin and Andrew.

that's whats needed, we need the talent behind ND, with people like Neil Duckkman (Creative Director for UC2 and TLoU)
HarryMasonHerpderp  +   850d ago
Sony needs to bring Crash back home to Naughty Dog.
It's where he belongs and there are plenty of fans that want him back on the Playstation and back to starring in quality games. Crash deserves it!
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Highlife  +   850d ago
Please don't. I don't want naughty dog wasting their time on a reboot. They have better games to make.
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Megatron316  +   850d ago
I Miss Crash I HATE Activision For Destroying My 2 Favourite Gaming Icons, Crash and Spyro R.i.p. :(
KillrateOmega  +   850d ago
"We sold our first title professionally in 1985, at 15."

God, I feel like such a loser in comparison :(

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On topic, a Crash Bandicoot would be appreciated (if done right). I have old memories of the first games and would love to see an quality iteration in the series again. The last few games have been crappy tbh...

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