The box-breaking marsupial is sadly also a victim of the modern, sad trends…
On the Microsoft Store, there’s a pre-order button. Okay, that’s common. However, the price is not 59.99 dollars. No, it’s 59.99+. It means you can spend more than sixty bucks on the game. Below the button, we see „offers in-game purchases.” Microtransactions in an offline multiplayer/singleplayer game.
We have no idea what Activision Blizzard wants to monetize in the game. (Perhaps the levels? We have heard that the new adventures of Crash will contain more than 100 levels.) The Microsoft Store also mentions that those who buy the game digitally will get the Totally Tubular skins for Crash and Coco. (If both characters were playable in 1998’s Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped!, Toys For Bob would have been a fool to leave Naughty Dog’s inheritance behind!) If we have to go with the skins, maybe the other skins will be paid. (Why earn money on skins. Can’t they just release an AAA game in a complete form?) Or maybe Dr Neo Cortex will be behind a paywall. Who knows? We don’t. We don’t know much about the game yet.
There will also be online leaderboards, so Activision Blizzard could make the skins paid, so those who beat the levels in record time can show off that they paid extra for different skins. Of course, keep in mind that we are guessing at the moment. The same applies to the offline multiplayer, which we mentioned before.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, which was teased in November already, will launch on October 2 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Activision Blizzard is considering other platforms (which means they will count the money bags), meaning the Nintendo Switch and the PC might get it a year later. Just like how Spyro Reignited Trilogy happened.
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