Naughty Dog Asked Activision to Let them Include Crash Bandicoot in Fan Art Contest; Got Denied

Naughty Dog is holding a fan art design contest to celebrate its 30th anniversary, prompting fans to create their own artwork related to Uncharted, The Last of Us and Jak and Daxter in order to win some definitely spiffy prizes.

As you probably noticed, there’s at least one relevant name missing from the list, and that’s Crash Bandicoot, which made Naughty Dog popular to begin with in the era of the first PlayStation. Of course fans asked on the comments of the PlayStation Blog whether the famous character could be included, but Community Strategist Eric Monacelli’s answer was unfortunately negative.

Sorry no Crash… : (

Another fan asked if they could just ask Activision (who owns the rights for the IP) for permission, and unfortunately Monacelli’s reply was again negative.

We asked. It’s not something we can offer for this.

Monacelli also added that fans living in Europe can still enter the contest, but unfortunately won’t be eligible for prizes.

Interestingly, this unfortunate denial of the possibility of using Naughty Dog’s own creation comes right as Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House told The Telegraph that he “wouldn’t close the door” on a future return of the franchise.

Talking about prizes, they’re definitely very interesting:

Grand Prize (One Winner)

  • A trip to Los Angeles, CA to attend the Opening of the Naughty Dog 30th Anniversary Art Show on September 27th, 2014 and to meet and mingle with the Naughty Dog Team as well as a lunch and a tour at the Naughty Dog Studio. Trip will include a [domestic] round trip ticket to Los Angeles and lodging for 2 nights. Winner will also receive the below:
  • 1 Copy of Art of Naughty Dog Limited Edition Book, signed by the Naughty Dog Team
  • The Last of Us Remastered PS4
  • The Last of Us PS3
  • Uncharted 3 PS3
  • Uncharted 2 PS3
  • Uncharted 1 PS3
  • Jak and Daxter Collection PS3
  • The winning art will appear at Gallery Nucleus for the Naughty Dog 30th Anniversary Art Show

Special Guest Judge Pick (Two Winners)

  • $400 Cash Prize
  • 1 Copy of the Art of Naughty Dog Limited Edition Book
  • The Last of Us Remastered PS4
  • The Last of Us PS3
  • Uncharted 3 PS3
  • Uncharted 2 PS3
  • Uncharted 1 PS3
  • Jak and Daxter Collection PS3
  • The winning art will appear at Gallery Nucleus for the Naughty Dog 30th Anniversary Art Show

Guest Judge Pick (Two Winners)

  • $300 Cash Prize
  • 1 Copy of The Art of Naughty Dog Art Book Standard Edition
  • The Last of Us Remastered PS4
  • The Last of Us PS3
  • Uncharted 3 PS3
  • Uncharted 2 PS3
  • Uncharted 1 PS3
  • Jak and Daxter Collection PS3
  • The winning art will appear at Gallery Nucleus for the Naughty Dog 30th Anniversary Art Show

Gallery Nucleus Pick (One Winner)

  • $300 Cash Prize
  • The winning art will appear at Gallery Nucleus for the Naughty Dog 30th Anniversary Art Show

The deadline for submissions is August 5th, while voting will end on September 9th.

If you want to participate all you have to do is to roll up your sleeves, go to the contest page and follow the instructions, but remember, no Crash allowed.

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