Crash Bandicoot studio Toys for Bob splits from Activision and Microsoft


Toys for Bob will continue as an independent studio. On Thursday, the developer announced that it would split from Activision, which had been the owner since 2005, and from Microsoft. Toys for Bob says it wants to continue working with the companies.

The studio writes that it has become an independent developer after several rounds of negotiations. “We believe this is the time to take the studio and our future games to the next level. This opportunity allows us to return to our roots: a small and flexible studio.” Toys for Bob continues to look at how it wants to collaborate with Activision and Microsoft in the future. It is not yet known which new projects the studio will embark on.

Toys for Bob was founded in 1989 in Novato, California. Before the developer was bought by Activision in 2005, he was mainly known for the strategy games Star Control and Star Control II. The studio later gained more fame through the Skylanders games, a spin-off series from Spyro. The first game in that series was released in 2011. Today, Toys for Bob is mainly known as the studio behind the remasters of the first three Crash Bandicoot and Spyro games, namely 2017's Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and Spyro Reignited Trilogy 2018. Furthermore, the studio developed Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time. That game was released in 2020.

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