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Footage of Renegade Kid's Crash Bandicoot DS Demo Emerges

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

No kidding

Crash Bandicoot, a series that originated as an exclusive on the Sony PlayStation but evolved to appear on multiple platforms, has been relatively quiet of late. In fact since Activision attained rights to the series in 2008, when it co-published Crash: Mind over Mutant, it's only appeared on mobile platforms. That's not the say that more titles haven't been considered, with intriguing footage emerging of an old DS demo put together by Renegade Kid, which is probably best known for Mutant Mudds on the 3DS eShop.

A video showing the demo in action has been released from an anonymous source close to Activision, but any suspicion that it could be an elaborate fake — as can occasionally happen — has been doused by Renegade Kid's Jools Watsham, who also confirmed to a curious fan on Twitter that it was put together in just two weeks.

Considering it's a hastily constructed demo on DS, the 3D platforming on show doesn't look too bad at all. Many titles such as this bite the dust at concept stages, but it's nevertheless interesting to see one out in the wild. Check out the footage below and let us know what you think.

Thanks to Joey for the tip.

[via nintendoworldreport.com]

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User Comments (43)

Knux

#1

Knux said:

D*mn it all! Renegade Kid developing a Crash Bandicoot game would have been a god-send. Oh eff it, looks like I'm stuck with just the PS1 installments again.

Oregano

#2

Oregano said:

Weird that a Crash prototype would leak so close to the Vicarious Vision poster thing.

Lalivero

#3

Lalivero said:

Crash Bandicoot is one of my favorite series from years back; this only makes me sad to hear. :(

DreamyViridi

#4

DreamyViridi said:

For only a couple of weeks, that's not bad. Not big on Crash's model but again; it was only 2 weeks they spent on it. Gah, the Crash franchise needs to be bought by someone reliable.

6ch6ris6

#8

6ch6ris6 said:

okay?
pretty good?

i think that looks amazins for a DS game. look at the render distance when the play is on top of the mountain.
the only bad thing is that crash's face looks ugly and angry xD

RCMADIAX

#9

RCMADIAX said:

For a few weeks work this looks amazing. Too bad it will never be releashed.

SpriteKing

#10

SpriteKing said:

One of my favourite developers and one of my favourite (PS1) franchises at the same time?
So much yes.

Sforzando

#14

Sforzando said:

For those who don't know, there was a leaked poster in a Vicarious Visions Facebook post that featured a new design of Crash, and this was noticed by Crash fans just a few days ago. Seeing this footage of a previously unknown DS version of Crash 2010 (Crash Landed) just makes me pessimistic about the spotted poster. How many studios has Acti had work on cancelled Crash projects?
1. Radical: Crash 2010 (Landed) main version, to see the screenshots and concept art found of this game, look at the Finish Crash 2010 Facebook page
2. High Impact Games: Crash Team Racing, it had a similar art style to the cancelled Crash Landed, and
3. Renegade Kid: now, the DS version.
4. Vivarious Visions: Crashlanders?

Anyway, good article and good to see the footage. Would have liked to see this completed. If you want to support Crash, sign this petition as always: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/bring-back-bandicoot.html

LEGEND_MARIOID

#15

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

Mind over Mutant appeared on the Wii. We owned it and we quite liked it. We prefered Crash of the Titans, other than the mushy, pixeltaed Crash appearance in the game. That was kind of that was the first in the Crash monster fighting/riding series whereas Mind over Mutant was the sequel. As I mentioned, BOTH appeared on the Wii. My favourite non-Nintendo character is probably Crash in fact. Nitro-Kart, for example, was my favourite non-Mario Kart Kart racer!

Sforzando

#16

Sforzando said:

@LEGEND_MARIOID Then you should definitely give Crash Team Racing for the PS1 a go, if possible. It's got the same gameplay as CNK, only better stages, and less clunky controls.

SheldonRandoms

#21

SheldonRandoms said:

This looks really good, and for a couple of weeks of development, that really is impressive for the DS, hopefully we can see Crash again back in action, even if he has to join the skylanders, that way, little kids will know who Crash is and then this somehow leads to a new game.

bouncer0304

#22

bouncer0304 said:

I tweeted naughty dog about a revival and they said that it was an activision project as they own the IP. Tweeted activision to see what they say about it.

HaastMK7

#23

HaastMK7 said:

I miss playing it on PS2

This also looks very impressive for a DS game. I would buy that for my 3DS.

sweetiepiejonus

#24

sweetiepiejonus said:

I'm kind of confused, people are reacting like it's a canned project or something. Jools just said they haven't done anything since, not that it wasn't going to happen, right?

WiiLovePeace

#25

WiiLovePeace said:

@sweetiepiejonus Because the demo was created in 2008 or 2009 & hasn't been worked on since.

I think the demo looks amazing... but Crash's face is flipping SCARY! :p Now seeing this makes me wish Rengade Kid had've made Mutant Mudds a 3D platformer. Not saying it isn't good as a 2D platformer but Renegade Kid seem really amazing at making 3D platformers, from this demo.

sweetiepiejonus

#26

sweetiepiejonus said:

@WiiLovePeace

Well I appreciate your response, but that doesn't exactly clear anything up.

It's not cancelled right? So it could happen. Mutant Mudds and the sequel, are obviously priority right now. I don't expect small studios to develop multiple franchises simultaneously.

Yrreiht

#28

Yrreiht said:

Aww man! I would have played the hell out of that game. :(
The PS1 trilogy was so cool... I miss Crash :O

HawkeyeWii

#29

HawkeyeWii said:

I want a remake of the originals!!! They are impossible to come by if you don't get any other consoles besides Nintendo!

WiiLovePeace

#30

WiiLovePeace said:

@sweetiepiejonus the demo being created 4 or 5 years ago basically means its been cancelled by default. It doesn't matter what Renegade Kid is working on right now, its up to Activision whether they want the game made or not & they've chosen to not do anything with it in 5 years, that means they've silently canned it.

JuanitoShet

#31

JuanitoShet said:

Crash Bandicoot. :(

It makes me sad, looking back at the great games of the past that I spent so many countless hours playing as a toddler and a young boy.

Crash 1-3, Team Racing, Crash Bash on the PlayStation. (Still have Bash; the only one to survive. Still works.)

And then The Wrath of Cortex & Nitro Kart on the PS2.

Makes me sad looking back and wishing that some other development team took the reigns and brought the series back again to it's former glory.

I don't mean to get all nostalgic, or to look at things through rose-tinted glasses, but this is a series I truly do miss. I saw Mind Over Mutants when it was released, and I didn't like it at all.

Wish someone brought the Bandicoot name back.

ChillyBilly

#32

ChillyBilly said:

I would have loved to see Renegade Kids take on the Bandicoot series, and based on that very early demo footage it looks like it could have been something great.

Oh well.

Yamagushi

#33

Yamagushi said:

You all realize, this is probably nothing more than a tech demo. There is no signs that he has the legal right to make a crash bandicoot game. Thus it doesn't matter if its canceled or not, he would get sued for copyrights.

Drawdler

#34

Drawdler said:

That is quite cool. The graphics are probably some of the best on the DS. For two weeks, this is wonderful work.
And Crash DOES NOT NEED TO BE A SKYLANDER. It won't lead to a new game for him(see: Spyro, who we don't even have any hints of anything on), it will make majority of the fanbase upset, and it will only be negative for the character as a whole(like Spyro probably no, new, games!).

gekslupis

#35

gekslupis said:

It would be cool to see Crash come back in some medium whether it is through a new franchise on a Nintendo system or a continuation on a Sony/Microsoft console.

SparkOfSpirit

#36

SparkOfSpirit said:

Tech demo or not, by default it's still way better than any Crash game since Twinsanity in that it's plain Crash with no silly gimmicks.

sweetiepiejonus

#37

sweetiepiejonus said:

@WiiLovePeace

Right I get what you are assuming but that's all it is, not confirmation. We don't know what either party has said. Is it out of the question that Activision said 'hey you want to make this game now?', and Renegade Kid says 'we don't have the resources' and didn't want to lose their artistic control as independents and be swallowed by another company.

If you can assume than so can I. Unless you can say something that doesn't have words like 'basically' or other vague descriptive words, which I haven't seen.

Who knows? Maybe if enough people want to see it then it could happen. Saying eh whatever it's cancelled doesn't come across being all that interested.

Luffymcduck

#38

Luffymcduck said:

Man that demo looked fun. There weren´t too many 3D games on DS and Crash Bandicoot rocked on the PS1 era.

WiiLovePeace

#39

WiiLovePeace said:

@sweetiepiejonus Activision haven't even confirmed the existence of the demo so unless they confirm it exists, it doesn't exist in your logic, right? They're not going to confirm cancellation of a game they didn't even announce in the first place. & if Renegade Kid couldn't make the game, yet Activision wanted it made, they'd take the project to someone else.

Don't get me wrong though, not trying to say it's impossible, or I don't want it to happen, just that it's amazingly unlikely, that's all.

Gioku

#40

Gioku said:

This demo showed lots of potential... It's a shame they never took it further.

Residentsteven

#41

Residentsteven said:

Never heard of renegade kid before, looks bad the best crash game to me was crash of the titans in 2007 mind over mutant was not that good.

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