After the slight controversy that accompanied Crash Team-Racing Nitro Fuelled and its “premium” content, it sounds like the bandicoot team might have actual learnt the lesson. That’s because we’ve now been informed that Crash Bandicoot 4 will be microtransaction free. Which, I’m sure you’ll agree, is good news for us gamers. But are we ever going to leave this m word in the past, and instead find a more cost effective way of satisfying both parties?
After all, there is very little distrust in the DLC model, so why waste our time and emotion on little but costly cosmetic changes?
This clarification was needed after the Microsoft store mentioned the words ‘in app purchases’, which are toxic words for new releases these days. But Toys For Bob were quick to put the record straight. It’s probably due to the offline nature of Crash Bandicoot 4, compared to the go karting game. However, when Activision is involved, there’s no harm in being wary. And it’s also worth remembering that the racer was also microtransaction free at the time of launch.
Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of chat online regarding the issue, with players stating Activision could do a lot of good – reputation wise – if they do resist the temptation. But then again, many gamers still expect to see them added at some point, such is the extent of the tension.
The team did at least talk of a free bonus for all digital versions of the game sold, as described in their tweet, which read:
“We’re seeing confusion about microtransactions in Crash Bandicoot 4 and want to be crystal clear: There are no microtransactions in Crash 4. As a bonus, the Totally Tubular skins are included in all digital versions of the game.”
So, that’s a nice little extra if you were buying it anyway. Otherwise, there’s nothing else to report.