We’ve written all the information that we managed to find online, in this article. We will keep it updated through the next months. This article will be covering everything regarding Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time until its release date. According to the latest update, the demo is now available for everyone who have pre-ordered the game.
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[Original Post: 18/6/2020] Activision has sent members of the press a mysterious Crash Bandicoot puzzle.
The puzzle has 200 pieces and the message in the front of the box reads “A little something to help you pass the time,” signed by “Your Favorite Bandicoot.” If you complete the puzzle, you will notice that it illustrates a cool looking mask from Crash’s Universe. However if you do some research, you will notice that it’s the same mysterious mask that showed up in Sony’s November 2019 “It’s Time To Play” promotional video. You can check a photo of the puzzle below.
In the “Time to Play” video, you can see the same cool mask during a scene where Crash is racing with some of the franchise’s most famous villains like Doctor Neo Cortex and Coco Bandicoot. We have no more information about this mysterious puzzle-mask but combined with the fact that it appears in the video as well, its probably a teaser for a new Crash Bandicoot title.
Activision has done similar gifts to the press to tease new releases in the past, most notably a purple egg before the announcement of Spyro Reignited Trilogy. The same happened with Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, where the company mailed a red dice along with a funny message. After all these facts, I find it highly likely that a new Crash Bandicoot titile will be announced really soon.
[UPDATE 1 – 20/6/2020] The new Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time was announced
The return of Crash Bandicoot seems ist confirmed after Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time was leaked by Taiwan’s Ratings Board. This news follows after members of the media were sent a Crash themed puzzle teasing an upcoming announcement (you can read the original post for this). According to industry insider Daniel Ahmad, the latest Crash installment is set to be officially announced on during the Summer Games Fest on June 22nd next week. Based on the box art that was leaked alongside it appears that Crash Bandicoot 4 will not be releasing on the Nintendo Switch.
This was (is) going to be announced at the Summer Game Fest June 22nd showcase. https://t.co/noqhanwlaj
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) June 19, 2020
[UPDATE 2 – 21/6/2020] Some new low resolution screenshots from the new title have appeared online
After the release of the game’s boxart, we now have some new low-res screenshots. The images confirm a PS4 release on 9th October 2020, as well as new masks and pre-order bonuses. According to the screenshots, Cortex and Coco Bandicoot will be available as playable characters in Crash Bandicoot 4. Crash is also equipped with a new mysterious mask that you can see in the mysterious box that Activision sent to the press (check the Original Post for more details). Below, you can see some of the new screenshots available.
[UPDATE 3 – 23/6/2020] The announcement trailer of Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is now live. We have embeded the video below for you to watch.
[UPDATE 4 – 28/6/2020] Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time will have more levels than the entire N’Sane Trilogy together.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time will cost 60$ on its release date but the new title will feature more than 100 stages. The entire N’Sane Trilogy had 97 levels divided between three full lenght games. According to a tweet from GameStop, Crash’s upcoming game will feature 100+ levels of play. We are not sure if these leaks come from an Activision’s insider but the source is pretty reliable. We will update the article as soon as we hear more info about it.
THAT $60 PRICETAG MAKES ALL THE MORE SENSE NOW, DANG
THIS IS N. SANE pic.twitter.com/a6bCJNMr8t
— Broski (@BroskiBae) June 26, 2020
[UPDATE 5 – 2/7/2020] Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time won’t have any microtransactions.
Gme developer, Toys for Bob, has clarified on Twitter that Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time will not include any microtransactions. A false report at June 30 in the Xbox store page warned about the optional add-ons for the game, causing a huge disappointment to the fans of the sereies. However, it is now clear that the new title of the franchise will not feature any kind of in-game purchases with actual money. Also the Totally Tubular skins are included in all digital versions of the game and players won’t have to pay anything extra to obtain them.
We're seeing confusion about #MTX in @CrashBandicoot 4 and want to be 💎 clear: There are NO MICROTRANSACTIONS in #Crash4. As a bonus, the Totally Tubular skins are included in all digital versions of the game.
— Toys For Bob (@ToysForBob) June 30, 2020
[UPDATE 6 – 29/8/2020] Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time will have some new, really challenging, difficulty levels.
During the presentation of Crash Bandicoot 4 in Gamescom, the developer of the game, Lou Studdert, announced a new collection of levels that will be really hard to complete. These levels will be in the forms of flashbacks and they are similar to the challenge stages that you could find inside any level in the old Crash titles. However, this time, players will have to search for rare VHS tapes. Problem is that if you die on the level once, these flashbacks won’t appear at all. That means that you will probably won’t be able to even enter these challenges, let alone complete them.
These rare tape levels will allow you to dig into the origin story of Crash and Coco. During this time, the Bandicoot siblings are under the ownership of Dr. Neo Cortex who created them in order to lead his mutated army. According to Lou, these levels will be really difficult platforming challenges and players should be able to jump from one crate to the next while avoiding tons of nitro and TNT. Some new mysterious explosive boxes will be added to the game as well, but we don’t know more about them yet.
[UPDATE 7 – 17/9/2020] Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time gets a three-level demo today for players who have already pre-ordered.
If you are a huge Crash fan and you have pre-ordered the latest game (official launch on October 2 for PS4 and Xbox One), you can download a demo of the game right now. The demo includes the three first levels from the campaign and will give you an idea of what to expect in a few weeks. This method of giving demos, before the official release, to people who pre-ordered the game is a clever marketing tactic by Activision that was also used on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. If you haven’t pre-ordered the game yet, don’t worry because it’s only two weeks until the official release.