Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled – how free DLC and microtransactions work

Unlike Activision’s recent Crash and Spyro trilogies, Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled has online multiplayer and with it comes the potential for downloadable content.

However, instead of flogging additional characters and map packs, this remaster has fallen in line with many of the video games we see being released with an online component.


Right now the only traditional DLC you can get your hands on is that which was made available via Nitro Fueled’s pre-order bonus which included retro style skins for Crash, Coco, and Cortex, as well as some other bonus bobbins.

Similarly, those who splashed out on the Nitros Oxide edition will have bagged themselves some extra goodies.

No doubt wanting to strafe away from the increasingly problematic use of microtransactions and loot boxes, unlocks such as characters, skins, karts, and other customisation options can all be purchased using the in-game currency earned from races.

Whether you’re playing Adventure mode, completing time trials, or racing online, all activities will net you wumpa coins to spend. There’s no way of buying these with real cash.

Nitro-Fueled’s pit stop will let you buy in-game cosmetics, presenting you with single items and bundles that change every day. Making a purchase will replace that item/bundle with another.

Meanwhile, any all playable content being added to Nitro-Fueled like tracks and the upcoming challenges will be accessible for all players. That’s the message we’re getting from Beenox’s announcement of CTR’s “Gran Prix”, anyway.

The developer laid out its roadmap for Nitro-Fueled’s first online season, dubbed Nitro Tour. Starting on Wednesday, July 3rd, players can expect a fat wedge of content, less than a fortnight after CTR’s relaunch.

Nitro Tour will add a new, original track called “Twilight Town” with players able to earn Nitro Points as they race. This will act similarly to experience points that help boost your leaderboard ranking.

You’ll need to gain a certain number of Nitro Points in order to unlock this season’s five new characters, Ami, Isabella, Megumi, Tawna, and Liz (the trophy girls from the original Crash Team Racing).

If you’re unable to unlock these during the season, then they’re gone. However, it seems likely that Beenox will cycle this content back in at some point in the future.

In a way, this is a lot like the kind of “battle pass” feature cropping up in other online games, Nitro-Fueled’s seasons encouraging fans to keep coming back with free themed updates.

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