The comment your reffering to was in an off-the-record chat between DualShock Nexus and Omar, in which Omar was likely just making a comment on the importance of Crash without wanting to officially say they didn't have him in the game.
They've said that they are working on it.
Nope. Omar said it on stage at Pax in reply to a question durring the Q&A. Very "on-the-record".