We Could Have Had A Crash Vs. Spyro Game!

An unreleased prototype of Crash vs. Spyro has been found in an old developer kit for the original Xbox system.

By DShelley, Posted 26 Sep 2023

In the vault of canceled games, there are often games that were canceled for good reasons, controversy, lack of interest and licensing issues just to name a few, but once in a while you will find an absolute gem that both fills you with the joys of discovery and the inevitable heartbreak over what could have been. One of these gems is the Crash vs. Spyro game that has recently been discovered on an old developer kit for the original Xbox system.

If you grew up in the late nineties and early 2000's, the name Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon probably brings you back to the days of the original PlayStation and its sequel, the PlayStation 2. Both characters were the probably two of the most recognizable characters for both consoles. Sadly, all good things must come to an end and both IPs were acquired by Activision where they have stayed mostly dormant for quite a few years, mainly appearing in spin-offs and cameos but not much else.

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However, in recent years, both characters received reboots much to the praise of gamers, but it would seem that there was a lot more in the works for these characters, even a possible crossover. The Australian YouTuber known as Modern Vintage Gamer recently uploaded an 11-minute long video where they go into detail about a canceled crossover game, called Crash vs. Spyro Racing. The canceled title was found in the hard drive of a development kit for the original Xbox and two other racing titles, a Fast and the Furious tie-in title and a prototype Chevy vs. Ford game.

The prototype is incredibly barebones with little to nothing from both franchises, the footage shows a generic cart and generic outdoor racing track, the only real indication that this is a Crash Vs. Spyro title is the stylized crates seen from the respective games. However, also included with the hard drive is an animated FMV that shows the various characters from both Crash Bandicoot and Spyro games racing against each other in themed carts.

If this title was further developed and eventually released, it would have been Spyro's first venture into the mascot carting genre that became infamously prevalent during the 2000's. He would eventually burn some rubber a few years later appearing in GBA version of Crash Nitro Kart in 2003, and he would appear once again in Spyro-themed DLC in the Crash Team Racing remake

Daman Shelley (@UndeadandTired)
Editor, NoobFeed

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