Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled sells half a million digital copies

With Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled having sped its way to the top of the UK charts again this week, it’s no surprise that the nostalgic throwback has been performing well on digital storefronts as well.

According to recent report published by market research firm, Supderdata, Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled has shifted 552,000 digital units worldwide, boasting one of the biggest digital launches in the racing genre’s history.


The June report goes on to say this is “the second-best launch month of any racing game on console, behind Ubisoft’s The Crew 2 in 2018. Digital sales were likely boosted by the above-average download rates seen so far this year but also point to the sustained popularity of the Crash Bandicoot IP.”

Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled is available on all three major consoles including PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch. We reported last week that the game has over one million active online PS4 players, more than doubling that one Xbox One and Switch combined.

It’s fair to say that Activision is no stranger when it comes to monetising its games post launch. However, right now Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled offers nothing in the way of purchasable content with no loot boxes or virtual currency either.

Although CTR has its own version of the popular “battle pass” model, the game’s Grand Prix seasons are completely free to partake in. Players connected to the online servers can complete daily, weekly, and specialised challenges to earn Nitro Points, unlocking new karts, characters, and other cosmetics in the process.

It wouldn’t take much effort for Activision to start seeding the popular racer with microtransactions, though this seems unlikely. At least for the time being.

CTR’s lack of loot boxes and other in-game purchases has definitely worked in the game’s favour. With so much debate surrounding this topic and the uneasy association with gambling, it was likely a wise choice by Activision Blizzard, especially with CTR being aimed at younger audiences.

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Source: Superdata

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