While Naughty Dog has no current plans to create a new Crash Bandicoot or Jak & Daxter game, the studio isn't ruling anything out and consider a return to those series' when it "makes sense to."
"It’s never off the table," Naughty Dog's community strategist Arne Meyer told IGN.
"It’s not too much time passing, but it’s the same issues we explored with the Jak game. Is it something that makes sense to us now. I mean we still have people that worked on the Crash games in the studio. We never forget our past and it’d be great for nostalgic reasons. It’d be the same reason as why there isn’t a Jak 4: I don’t know if it’s playing to our strengths right now.
"Right now, what’s exciting everyone at the studio is continuing to work on narrative-driven games with strong characters. I think, at least for the time being, we haven’t exhausted the possibilities there, but that could change with something as simple as hardware. That’s what drove it before. I think we’re on to something really good though creating character-driven stories so that’s where our focus is going to be."
This follows similar comments from Sony president Andrew House, who said in an interview with the Telegraph that he "definitely wouldn't close the door" on bringing back beloved characters like Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon.
However, both the Crash and Spyro licenses are currently owned by Activision, who are behind the Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure series and 2008's Crash: Mind Over Mutant.
Last November, Activison confirmed that it still owns Crash Bandicoot, despite rumours to the contrary.
Meyer also said that Naughty Dog would be open to remastering the first three Uncharted games for PlayStation 4 ahead of the release of the PS4-exclusive Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, but that nothing was currently planned.