Although news of it has already leaked, Activision today confirmed that Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is coming out on October 2.
The game is described as a “true sequel” to the original Crash Bandicoot trilogy and the first new game in the series in 12 years. In fact, the story basically acts as if the PS2-era games never even existed.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time rewinds time back to the end of Crash Bandicoot: Warped. The game picks up after Neo Cortex, Dr. N. Tropy, and Uka Uka were last stranded on a distant planet.
“After decades of fruitless attempts, the trio finally make their escape, ripping an Evil-Scientist-sized hole in the fabric of space-time in the process. Now all that stands between them and total dominion over the multiverse are two fuzzy marsupials from N. Sanity Island,” Activision says.
According to Activision, Crash Bandicoot 4 “embodies the precision gameplay we all fell in love with in the ’90s” while introducing quality of life improvements. So we’ll see new gameplay mechanics alongside visual upgrades. But the core of the game will be an action platformer.
Honestly, watching the trailer, it reminds me ever so slightly of Ratchet & Clank without the guns. You’ll utilize the environment wall-running, rail-grinding, and rope-swinging. The game also has a new art style. It breathes new life into the long-dormant franchise (Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy notwithstanding).
Plus, of course, there are the boss battles. Activision promises that “fans can expect formidable bosses and monumental battles like they’ve never seen before.” Fans can play as either Crash or Coco on their journey to save the multiverse.
Toys for Bob is developing Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The studio also created Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Spyro Reignited Trilogy, and the Skylanders series.
I wouldn’t be surprised if PC and next-gen versions on PS5 and Xbox Series X eventually come out. However, they have not been confirmed. Meanwhile, the Nintendo Switch is left out for now.