It looks like any plans for a new Crash Bandicoot or Spyro the Dragon title may have to wait, as Toys for Bob has been shifted by Activision to help assist Raven Software on the development of Call of Duty.
More specifically, Season 3 for Call of Duty: Warzone.
The developer broke the news on Twitter, revealing it is "proud to support development" on the latest season. Toys for Bob joins other studios such as Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 assistant developer Beenox - all of which have been roped in by Activision to assist on the development of Call of Duty.
It's unclear if this means the whole team has been shifted to work on Call of Duty, or whether it's a small portion, but some developers seem to be suggesting the former. According to character designer & illustrator Nicholas Kole, who parted with the company amidst the restructure, the team has now moved on to solely work on Call of Duty, and the change is the "end of an era". Other developers have also signalled that they no longer work for the company.
While the future for the company hasn't been fully revealed outside of supporting Call of Duty for the foreseeable future, it certainly sounds like any upcoming hopes for another quality platformer - at least from Toys for Bob - are long gone. Sales for Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time failed to meet the dizzying heights of the N. Sane Trilogy, and the game quickly reduced in price after launch.
It's a shame, as it's an absolutely fantastic platformer, with a beautiful Xbox Series X|S version available, too. We'd be lying if we said we're not gutted by the prospect of the future of these franchises being in turmoil, but we'll still hold out hope that they'll return in the future. Perhaps under a new developer?
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