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Due to various reasons (ranging from being of poor quality, being produced for a failed or soon-to-be-discontinued system, or having its developer facing financial or legal woes), a game can end up being cancelled and cease production. Despite their status, concepts present in cancelled games can end up being reused in commercial releases and some cancelled games can end up being re-purposed into different projects.

A game in development can also end up being vaporware, a term for projects that are announced on which development is started but, for a variety of reasons, were never published.

Following is a list of cancelled Crash Bandicoot games and vaporware.

Cancelled games and vaporware

Game System Reason/Description
Mark Cerny's Crash Bandicoot PlayStation 2 Game PlayStation 2 An untitled sequel to Crash Bandicoot: Warped, overhauled as Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex and was released for PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, and Xbox.
Crash Bandicoot: Evolution Nintendo GameCube Due to console limitations, it was reworked into Crash Twinsanity and was released as a title for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox.
Crash Clash Racing PlayStation 2
Xbox
Nintendo GameCube
Was reworked into Crash Tag Team Racing, released for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, and PlayStation Portable.
Bandicoot Brats Nintendo DS Cancelled in favor of The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning.
Crash Twinsanity 2 PlayStation 2
Xbox
Nintendo GameCube
A sequel to Crash Twinsanity, stated from Keith Webb.
Cortex Chaos PlayStation 2
Xbox
Nintendo GameCube
A platformer game starring Doctor Neo Cortex that never got past the concept stage.
Crash Tag Team Racing Nintendo DS Back in 2005, Crash Tag Team Racing was initially planned to be released on the Nintendo DS alongside the other console versions. Due to the console's inferior hardware, this version was not going to be a direct port, but it was going to be as similar to the other versions as possible, and it was being developed by Sensory Sweep.
Crush Bandicoot PlayStation 2
Xbox
Nintendo GameCube
A Crash Bandicoot game that features a villain/antihero as the main protagonist.
Crash Online Was reworked into Crash Village.
Crash Landed PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Wii
Nintendo DS
A reboot of the Crash Bandicoot franchise. Due to layoffs in February 11, 2010,[1][2] it was abandoned in favor of Prototype 2.
Crash Team Racing PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Wii
A racing spin-off of Crash Landed. This game was reworked into DreamWorks Super Star Kartz.
Crash Bandicoot for PlayStation 4 PlayStation 4 A PlayStation 4 game in the Crash Bandicoot series. It was unfinished before the franchise remained under the ownership of Activision Blizzard in 2013 and Sony Computer Entertainment did not approve of the concept. The concept was reworked into Knack and released for the PlayStation 4.[3]

References

  1. Kuchera, Ben (August 23, 2011). "Feral developers: why game industry talent is going indie". Ars Technica.
  2. Reilly, Jim (February 11, 2010). "Layoffs At Radical, Neversoft - Luxoflux Closes". IGN.
  3. McElroy, Griffin (April 10, 2014). "Shuhei Yoshida: Knack was pitched as 'Crash Bandicoot for PS4'". Polygon.

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