PlayStation fans have been speculating about the possibility of a new Crash Bandicoot game for months, and now the voice of the series’ primary antagonist might have confirmed its existence.
Ever since an outlandish rumor did the rounds in 2013, Crash Bandicoot has been a hot topic of conversation for PlayStation fans. In recent months, we’ve seen speculation reach a fever pitch — and now a clue from a voice actor connected to the franchise might suggest something big is in the works.
Lex Lang is a voice actor with credits across a wide range of feature films, animated series, and video games. Yesterday, he took to his official Facebook page to tease some upcoming projects, in this now-deleted status:
“Wow! what a throwback Thursday! This week I have been asked to resurrect three different characers that I voiced from 3 different games gone by. A doctor, a devil and a droid/AI. Unfortunately that’s all I’m allowed to disclose at this time. Stay tuned for more details!!! Very excited about these!!!”
Looking at Lang’s previous roles, the only video game doctors he’s appeared as are Doctor Doom and Dr. Neo Cortex. Both are potential candidates, but the following tweet — or, more accurately, a response to it — seems to hint towards the latter.
@LexLang ;)??— Bring Back Bandicoot (@BringBackCrash) May 6, 2016
You’ll see that Lang is among the Twitter users that liked the tweet, which is far from official confirmation, but is still a pretty huge hint. The voice actor appeared as Cortex in Crash Twinsanity, Crash Tag Team Racing, Crash of the Titans, and Crash: Mind Over Mutant.
The recent wave of speculation surrounding Crash making his return to the PlayStation has been sparked by an in-depth cameo in one of the biggest releases of 2016. Curiously, players who have finished said game — its name omitted for spoiler-phobes — claim that its credits make no reference to Activision.
This would suggest that rights to the character might have moved on, a factor that squashed hopes of a reboot back in 2013. While fans have been burned before, things look very hopeful at the moment, which should make this year’s Sony conference at E3 all the more interesting.
However, the nature of this vague tease from Lex Lang means that we can’t say for sure that a new Crash Bandicoot game is in the works. That said, given that the character is causing so much buzz at the moment, it’s difficult to imagine that no one is making moves to take advantage of his enduring popularity.