Crash Bandicoot 4 demo announced – here’s how to get access

It’s crazy to think that in just under a month’s time we’ll be playing the sequel to 1998 PlayStation classic, Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped. Needless to say, we’re pretty excited to get our hands on Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time ahead of its October 2nd release date via the game’s upcoming demo.


Activision and developer Toys For Bob have confirmed that a demo will be available on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next week – from September 16th to be exact. This small preview of the platforming sequel will give fans a look at two levels from Crash Bandicoot 4. Not only will you get to play as the maniacal marsupial himself, Dr. Neo Cortex will also feature in this demo as one of the several playable characters in the full game.

According to Toys For Bob, this demo will also give players a deeper look at some of the game’s new Quantum Mask mechanics. By using the Kupuna-Wa and Lani-Loli masks, you will be able to bend time and even phase objects in and out of existence.

So, how do you get your hands on this demo? Similar to how Activision handled the demo for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 you will need to digitally pre-order Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time for exclusive access. This applies to both new and existing pre-orders leading up to the game’s October 2nd launch.

Crash 4 will be the first mainline entry in the popular franchise for more than a decade. After the original PlayStation trilogy back in the 90s – followed by Crash Team Racing – the series changed hands. Passing from Universal to Vivendi, before ending up with Activision, they spawned a chain of experimental Crash games, none of which met the high bar set by its creators, Naughty Dog.

Having fallen off the grid, Crash Bandicoot made an epic comeback with the launch of Crash Bandicoot: The N. Sane Trilogy, a triple dose of Crash remakes developer by Vicarious Visions. With Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fuelled being another smash hit, Crash 4 was inevitable and hopefully after many long years it will be able to carry the torch.

Source: Press Release

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  1. I’m not keen on this trend of forcing people to preorder in order to access the demo. Surely a demos purpose is for us to trial the game to see if we want to spend the money on a full purchase… defeats the purpose!

    Beta I can understand, but a demo??

    • I used to buy Playstation mags that had PS2/3 Demos inside them lol

  2. I remember the days when you used to play a demo to decide if you should buy the game or not. Now you have to pledge to buy the game before you can play the demo.

    I must be getting old 😁

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