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Naughty Dog, formerly JAM Software in the 1980s, is an American video game developer and the creators of the Crash Bandicoot franchise. The company was founded by Andy Gavin and Jason Rubin. Naughty Dog is also known for creating the Jak & Daxter, Uncharted and The Last of Us franchises.
In 1994, Gavin and Rubin presented the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer title Way of the Warrior to Mark Cerny of Universal Interactive Studios. Cerny was pleased with the game and signed Naughty Dog to make three additional games for Universal Interactive Studios. Rubin and Gavin decided to make a 3D platformer with the codename of "Sonic's Ass Game" since the player would usually need to look at the protagonist's behind.
Development of the game began in 1994, during which Naughty Dog expanded its number of employees and invented a development tool called Game Oriented Object Lisp, to create the characters and gameplay. Charles Zembillas and Joe Pearson were hired to design and write the characters, environments world, which resulted in the titular character Crash Bandicoot. After 14 months of development, the game was shown to Sony Computer Entertainment, who then signed on to publish the game. Crash Bandicoot was first shown to the public at E3 and went on to become one of the highest-selling titles for the PlayStation, selling over 6.8 million copies. Naughty Dog continued on to develop Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, Crash Bandicoot: Warped and an additional game to their contract, Crash Team Racing.
In July 2014, Naughty Dog announced a fan art show to celebrate their 30th anniversary. In the contest, fans would draw characters from Naughty Dog's franchises. Activision was asked to include Crash Bandicoot in the competition, but their request was denied. The same month, when Naughty Dog was asked if their older franchises (including Crash Bandicoot) would have a reboot, they said that they had no immediate plans to return to their franchises but the possibility would not be ruled out.
Naughty Dog developed the first four Crash Bandicoot games on the PlayStation.
- Crash Bandicoot (1996)
- Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (1997)
- Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped (1998)
- Crash Team Racing (1999)
Additionally, a different version of the original Crash Bandicoot is playable in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End as a mini game.
Appearances in the Crash Bandicoot universe
- Naughty Dog's logo appears as a sticker on Coco's laptop in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped.
- One of Dr. Neo Cortex's lines in Cavern Catastrophe from Crash Twinsanity is "Naughty dog, naughty dog!"
- In the PlayStation 4 version of Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back in Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy, Coco is watching a scene from Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, in homage to that game referencing the original Crash Bandicoot. In other versions, she is watching the intro to Crash Bandicoot. The original Naughty Dog staff are also credited.
- The Past, Present, and Future of Naughty Dog
- Making Crash Bandicoot – part 1
- Game Informer issue 66 (October 1998), pages 18–19
- Naughty Dog Asked Activision to Let them Include Crash Bandicoot in Fan Art Contest; Got Denied - DualShockers
- Naughty Dog Talks New Crash Bandicoot, Jak 4 and Uncharted Remastering - IGN