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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sigfredod1631d 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

Abash1631d ago (Edited 1631d 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

Lannister1631d ago

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

trouble_bubble1631d 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.

jcnba281631d 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_Bomb1631d ago (Edited 1631d ago )

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

Misaka_x_Touma1631d ago

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

Sitdown1631d ago

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

ohiostatesman1631d ago

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

shadow27971631d ago

I thought the PlayStation mascot was Michael?

Kevin ButIer1631d ago

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

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Godmars2901631d ago

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

Ratty1631d 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.

Magicite1631d ago

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

Godmars2901631d 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.

KnightRobby1631d 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!

Hicken1631d ago (Edited 1631d 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.

AceBlazer131631d ago

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

Panthers1631d 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.

SquidBuck1631d ago

Two words, Polygon Man.

PickAShoe1631d ago

The mascot is you, the player.

HeyImBen111631d 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.

Godmars2901631d 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.

TheGrimReaper00111631d 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.

PickAShoe1631d ago

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

LostDjinn1631d ago (Edited 1631d 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_Blades1631d ago

Mark and Shuhei are the mascots

Omegasyde1631d 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_bubble1631d ago (Edited 1631d ago )

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

Omegasyde1631d ago (Edited 1631d ago )

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

jivah1631d 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_bubble1631d ago (Edited 1631d ago )


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

Myze1631d ago (Edited 1631d ago )

I don't know about mass murderer since 99% of the kills are self-defense (so just SOME murders, he's basically a saint). I do wonder when the bad guys are gonna take the hint that Drake is virtually a god in shootouts. If they want to stop him, they should drop a missile to finish him off so they can resume their evil ways in relative peace (in comparison).

P_Bomb1631d ago

Someone'll have to set him up and frame him to take him out. He was arrested and bailed out in Uncharted 2, but that was local news at best.

Nate's advantage is he does his fighting in the middle of nowhere. No one's gonna moan the loss of a few pirates and mercenaries. Heck, even us fans don't even know his real name or where he lives. Pretty good at living off the grid.

Anyways, definitely an important charachter for Sony. UC4 will be a console seller.

Tontus1631d ago

Drake's their MVP? Nope. Kratos is, he is significantly more popular and the GoW series is much bigger even without the mass bundling that UC has.

Crash is only a dinosaur because the IP was abandoned, if someone created a great Crash game nowadays it could be massively popular.

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TheGrimReaper00111631d ago

If they buy Crash bandicoot back and give the license to Naughty Dog, I will scream like a little girl that just her christmas wish.
I really want a new Crash Bandicoot game from Naughty Dog, like the classics.
I wouldn't need another game for PS4. Just Crash Bandicoot 4 .... and the last guardian .... and FF15 ... and Kingdom Hearts 3

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