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Mark Cerny Explains Why PS4 Probably Won't Have A Mascot

PlayStation 4 chief system architect Mark Cerny is arguably one of the biggest names in the gaming industry at this time, which is amazing considering his humble origins. The man worked on Crash Bandicoot after all, which went on to become the biggest franchise on the PS1. Now he's working on Knack, which looks to embody a lot of the same philosophies implemented in Crash. But is Cerny aiming to make Knack the official mascot for the PS4? For that matter, will the console even have a mascot?

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sigfredod1417d ago

Game companys doesn´t create mascots, we the players do, nintendo never tought that the jumping character from donkey kong will become their "mascot" neither MS with halo, we are te ones who fall in love with a particular character thats how crash, spyro, ratchet etc became so popular, sony tends not to attach to much to a character each gen had like their own popular character

Abash1417d ago (Edited 1417d ago )

Kratos, Nathan Drake, Sackboy, Ratchet & Clank, Cole McGrath, Sweet Tooth, The Helghast, and Sly Cooper are all PlayStation mascots.

I can easily see Delsin Rowe becoming a PlayStation mascot as well and maybe even Knack

Lannister1417d ago

How will they ever make a Knack plush toy ? Maybe with fishing wire.

trouble_bubble1417d ago

Exactly. Why put all your stock in one icon when you've always had a dozen subbing in and out at any given time? Three strong lines in hockey will beat out one allstar forward with a weak defense, anyday.

jcnba281417d ago

Sony never had a mascot. If you showed a non-gamer a picture of any of those characters you mentioned they wouldn't recognize them. Mario is really the only mascot of gaming has.

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P_Bomb1417d ago (Edited 1417d ago )

@jcnba
My kids instantly pick out the Sackboy plushies when we go through Toys'R'Us. They know the name already the same as Mario. Toy marketing definitely works.

Mario's in a league of his own though. Right place right time. The media helped make him an avatar of the entire videogame renaissance back in the mid to late '80s
http://www.youtube.com/watc...

Misaka_x_Touma1417d ago

oh so casuals can recognize all of them. Just because gamers say those are sony mascots doesn't mean anything.

Sitdown1417d ago

@jcnba28
You didn't/don't see Sonic as a mascot?

ohiostatesman1417d ago

I don't think the PS4 games are good enough to warrant a mascot. No true system sellers like Halo or Mario.

shadow27971417d ago

I thought the PlayStation mascot was Michael?

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

Kevin ButIer1417d ago

I like knack for this matter... just like crash and spyro... good times

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Godmars2901417d ago

Need to tell that to Square, who shoved Lightning down many a fan's throat.

One_Eyed_Wizard1417d ago

From what I heard, japanese gamers actually ask for more Lightning. SE has always been deaf(ish) to NA so it's not much of a surprise.

Magicite1417d ago

SE mostly cares about Japan and Japanese people really like Lightning.

Godmars2901417d ago

If JP fans like Lightning then they like buying $60 games then returning them a week later if not sooner judging by resell bins.

KnightRobby1417d ago

The shame is I don't even know the name of the Killzone 4 character. And that, in my opinion, is a failure. However, they do have Nathan Drake, but I always consider Crash to be the mascot of the Playstation. So...please bring him back in the form of CTR. I don't mind if it is a PSN game; just do it!

Hicken1417d ago (Edited 1417d ago )

The game's not out yet. NONE of them are out yet. It'd be different this were a direct sequel, but it's been years since KZ3 in Shadow Fall, and you're not playing ANY of the same characters. That said, the Helghast have always been the "mascot" of Killzone, anyway; no need to know the name, as it's always been about those iconic eyes.

Yes, there's Drake, and Sackboy as well. And Cole. And Nathan Hale. And Kratos. And any number of others, such as Sweet Tooth and Sly Cooper.

Sony doesn't own Crash anymore, and expect HUGE fees for them to try and buy him back from Activision. In other words: expect Sony to nix that idea.

AceBlazer131417d ago

Trust me it'll have a mascot. The public will choose their mascot.What's a PlayStation without a mascot?

Panthers1417d ago

Playstation has never had a mascot. Its had identifiable characters, but never one true mascot that carried from gen to gen like Mario, Sonic, or Master Chief.

Sony has a lot of different characters and I feel that its diversity is its mascot.

SquidBuck1417d ago

Two words, Polygon Man.

PickAShoe1417d ago

The mascot is you, the player.

HeyImBen111417d ago

What's the Ps3 mascott?
What's the PS2 mascott?
What's the PS1 mascott?

Yeah right... there isn't one like Mario and Halo where i would say BOOM this is playstation.

Godmars2901417d ago

PS3: Sack Boy, Nathan Drake, Cole MacGrath, Kevin Butler.
PS2: Kratos, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy X.
PS1 Crash Bandicoot, Metal Gear, Final Fantasy.

Among the gaming community there are tons of titles you can name which say - BOOM - there's Playstation, but the ONLY names you can bring up outside the community among the general public is Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog. Halo wont register.

TheGrimReaper00111417d ago

PS3 : Nathan Drake
PS2 : O, thats tough. Sora? Kratos?
PS1 : Spyro or Crash (or tomba IMO)
I seriously dont care about mascots.
Just give me great games and I'll be all good.

PickAShoe1417d ago

No love for old Snake? come on, he is cool. remember OctoCamo? that was awesome.

LostDjinn1417d ago (Edited 1417d ago )

"Mark Cerny Explains Why PS4 Probably Won't Have A Mascot" - How is it that he hasn't worked out that he's the mascot for the PS4?

Edit: Woods for the trees thing I guess.

Jack_Of_All_Blades1417d ago

Mark and Shuhei are the mascots

Omegasyde1417d ago

They should buy back Crash Bandicoot and have him as the mascot again IMHO. Sly could be a mascot, but he is a thief.

trouble_bubble1417d ago (Edited 1417d ago )

Drake's a thief too, yet he's their MVP this gen'. Crash is a dinosaur and hasn't moved software in years

Omegasyde1417d ago (Edited 1417d ago )

Drake's more a treasure hunter than a thief..Actually he's more of a mass murderer now that I think about it.

jivah1417d ago

Another Crash made by Naughty Dog tho?
I thought the first 3 were the best ones. And it lost me after that cause the switch of devs just messed things up and made things corny.. I think Crash would be awesome for the Vita tho

trouble_bubble1417d ago (Edited 1417d ago )

@Omega
LOL!

Heh, when they do make Uncharted 4, they should finally have him being tracked by interpol or a Caremelita Fox of sorts. With a bodycount like that, plus the trail of fingerprints he's left all over the world by touching every wall he's passed by, he should be caught soon :p