With Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time being just a few short weeks away, we wanted to get the facts down on the game and share the details with you so that you know everything you need to know about the game before you go throwing your money into Activision’s already massive pit of money.
You can read the article below, but the video up above is much more fun. Go on. Do it.
It’s Coming Soon… About Bloody Time
First things first, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time will release on October 2nd, 2020 for PS4 and Xbox One. Yes, it’s only on two platforms, but you can almost guarantee that it’ll get a release on PC and Nintendo Switch further down the line. And knowing Activision, there’s probably a paid upgrade for the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions, though nothing has been said about a next-gen port, not yet anyway.
It’s been more than 20 years since Naughty Dog’s original trilogy released on PS1, and since then we’ve had some questionable releases. The PS2, Xbox, and Gamecube era gave us a few games that were so-and-so, and then the PS3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii era drove poor Crash straight into the ground.
Crash Bandicoot 4 is kind of wiping the slate clean and not clinging onto the games after the original trilogy, instead, it’s being positioned as a proper sequel to Crash Bandicoot 3 and a part of the “mainline” series.
After the success of 2017’s N. Sane Trilogy, rumours were floating around that Activision was pushing for a new game in the series, bolstered by the success of the remakes. Now, here we are in 2020, the year of our Rona, and we’re getting Crash Bandicoot 4.
About bloody time…
It’s Not a Naughty Dog Game
I can’t believe I’m writing this, but after seeing an actual game developer doing a “developer reacts” to Crash Bandicoot 4 where he constantly gushes on Naughty Dog’s skill, despite the game being nothing to do with Crash’s original creators, I feel obliged to mention it.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is being developed by Toys for Bob, and that’s not a bad thing. Toys for Bob handled the Nintendo Switch port of the N. Sane Trilogy, and it’s a solid port. The developer has also worked on some well-known platformers, too. Are you familiar with a little dragon named Spyro? Of course you are, and if you played the Reignited Trilogy that released in 2018, then you’ve got Toys for Bob to thank. Likewise, if you’ve played any of the Skylanders games, you’ve got Toys for Bob to thank. Or to hate, depending on your stance. I liked the games, but that’s just me… I do hate the name Toys for Bob, but that’s between me and Bob.
Crash Isn’t the Star of His Own Game
While Crash’s name may be on the box, and his face is the one most people recognise, he won’t be the star of this game. Or at least he won’t be the only star. Previous games have let players take control of other characters, but Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is taking it to another level by allowing players to switch between Crash and Coco at any time during gameplay. You could, then, if you wanted to, play as much of the game as you want as Coco. If you do that, you might as well make yourself some custom boxart for your game so it reads Coco Bandicoot: It’s About Time I Got My Own Spinoff.
That’s not a bad thing, mind you. In this day and age where representation is at the forefront of society, it’s good that kids, whether boys or girls, can pick a character they relate to, or, you know, anybody can play as anybody.
But wait, there’s more! It doesn’t stop there – players will actually be able to control more than just Crash and Coco. The main big bad guy, Neo Cortex is a playable character, too, as are some other memorable villains, all with their own move sets. Not to mention Crash’s love interest, Tawna. Rawr… Can’t wait to see what the furries do with this one… bloody creeps.
It’s Same Old, Same Old, Plus Some New Stuff
The classic platforming action will be there, naturally. Boxes will litter levels, and there will be enough Wumpa Fruit to push Avocados out of any hipster’s mind. But there will be a few new changes, too. Firstly, playing as other characters, secondly – solving actual puzzles and using those magical masks to do so, rather than relying on them to get you through a difficult section.
A new addition is multiplayer. The original games were purely single-player, but passing the pad back and forth was a good makeshift way of getting some co-op gameplay, and that’s something still true with today’s N. Sane Trilogy. Crash 4 will actually have dedicated multiplayer support, but what form it will take isn’t quite clear just yet. The game will support 2-4 players, and it’s most likely to be some form of drop-in, drop-out deal where a mate can pick up a pad, ruin your run, and then leave you seething. I’ve had it happen. We all have. Why do we still call the PS1/N64-era the glory days? They were fucking annoying.
You Can Play the Demo, But You’ll Have to Pay For It
Remember when demos used to be free? Remember when they then disappeared for years, only to come back as “betas”? Here’s a new one for you: demos are now being locked behind paid pre-orders, at least where Activision is concerned. Bastards.
How can you play the Crash Bandicoot 4 demo, then? Simple; pre-order the game. The demo will be released on September 16th, so just a day or two from this video going live, unless you’re watching in the future. You’ll get access to a couple of levels where you can see what’s what and get familiar with the new Crash before it releases in October. Activision has done a similar thing with the recent Tony Hawk remakes, as well as Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War. They’re basically paid demos now. At least with demo discs you got a magazine for your trouble, and sometimes a cheeky sex chat line advert would slip through into the back pages. That’s why the PS1/N64 era were the glory days. I remember now…
You’ll Get Our Review When We’re Good and Ready
Look, Activision doesn’t really know that we exist. We’ve never gone knocking on their doors, so we’re not in line to get a review copy. That said, one of the team will surely end up getting Crash 4 sooner rather than later, and we’ll give you our review then. But honestly, do you really need any Crash 4 reviews? If you’re hardcore enough to be buying the demo, you’re probably going to love Crash 4 no matter what. It’s bright, cheery, and good family fun, and that’s hard to screw up. But then again, this is Activision…