With a bunch of leaks forcing their hand, Activision confirmed the upcoming announcement of Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time yesterday. Luckily the wait for the full reveal has not been a long one, with the company dropping the trailer less than 24 hours later.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time has a release date on 2nd October 2020 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. No word on next-gen support right now, not Switch or PC releases.
The year is 1998, and Crash is just happily maxing and relaxing on his island when he stumbles upon one of the Quantum Masks that seems to know Crash’s mask friend Aku-Aku! With the four Quantum Masks returning and a bit Quantum Rift appearing, Crash and chums dive in to explore different times and dimensions to stop Neo Cortex, Dr. N. Tropy and Uka Uka, who’ve returned from exile.
The game has a new, more cartoony art style to it – is it just me or is Crash’s mouth really weird and small? – but retains Crash’s traditional platforming style. The game is deliberately tapping into the end of the Naughty Dog created trilogy, both in terms of when the story is set, and in terms of the gameplay keeping the focussed, more linear style.
Kupuna-Wa, the time mask, and Ika Ika, the gravity mask, are the two that have been revealed so far. They will let Crash slow down time to help with certain puzzles and fiddle with gravitational directions through levels. Dr. Neo Cortex is also going to be a playable character, with a ray gun that lets create platforms and bouncy platforms to get through levels designed specifically for his move set.
The game is in development by Toys For Bob, the studio having most recently worked on Spyro Re-Ignited Trilogy. It doesn’tt look like Vicarious Visions, which developed Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy is involved with this new Crash Bandicoot game. It may be worth picking up the trilogy before jumping into Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time.
In our review for Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Jim wrote:
As far as remakes go, you can’t get any better than this. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is exactly how fans envisioned it – an unadulterated celebration of a PlayStation pioneer. With such a weight on their shoulders, Vicarious Visions have pulled it off with such diligence, infused with a streak of their own creativity. Then there’s Naughty Dog original efforts, of course. Even those only acquainted with Uncharted and The Last of Us can appreciate how the studio first made its name, and the journey from Crash Bandicoot to Warped is one of continued innovation. Some two decades later, it’s great to see that some things never change.