@JWeinCom, your statement about Naughty Dog and Insomniac selling Crash and Spyro then moving on is wrong , Mark Cerny was given in his words a bag of money to start up Universal interactive and needing content he approached ND who were renting space on the universal lot and offered to fund their next game in return for the IP that IP went onto become Crash. Cerny did the same deal with Insomniac who were also on the lot, so both IP's became owned by Universal before they were even made, Sony came into the picture much later when they saw Crash at a developer fair and arranged the playstation publishing deal.
The rest of your reply is spot on with them allowing developer freedom and looking at the games that followed it paid off in spades.
I was referring to the franchises being sold to Activision later on. I assumed that Sony owned the license at that point either directly or indirectly by that point. Am I wrong on that?
Universal owned both IP's through the funding contract before either game was even made Sony just had the publishing rights for the PS games they became Activision's later on when Vivendi the owner of Universal merged their gaming business that also included Blizzard with Activision to form Activison-Blizzard
Last edited by mjk45 - on 15 October 2020