Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time: No Microtransactions After All?

The developers promised that Activision Blizzard will not do the usual predatory monetization… at launch.

Yesterday, we wrote that the game’s Microsoft Store page says it will offer in-game purchases, or, in other words, the box-breaking could happen with monetization on top of it. Toys For Bob, the dev team behind the game, had to grab a keyboard to clarify the situation on Twitter.

„We’re seeing confusion about microtransactions in Crash Bandicoot 4[: It’s About Time], and want to be ?  clear: There are NO MICROTRANSACTIONS in Crash 4. As a bonus, the Totally Tubular skins are included in all digital versions of the game.” How clever, they used a crystal pun, but then again, Crash’s second and third game heavily relied on the crystals for minimum level completion. By digital purchases, they sadly mean the PlayStation Store and the Microsoft Store for now.

And yet, we have doubts. What if the predatory monetization comes POST-LAUNCH? Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled has done the same thing, and if Activision Blizzard sees the game’s sales are good, they might want to double-dip on those who already bought it to… screw them over. Nowadays, publishers don’t tend to have an AAA game without microtransactions or DLC. (There are a few exceptions.)

„It’s About Time! – Picking up where the original trilogy left off, Neo Cortex and Dr Nefarious Tropy have escaped their interdimensional prison and in doing so have fractured the boundaries of time and space. It’s up to Crash and Coco to save the day. Bend the rules of reality – Manipulate time, flip your world upside down, and bend the rules of reality as you master the four powerful quantum masks. Learn all new abilities with each mask and unite them to restore order to the multiverse. Defy logic. And fashion sense – New abilities? Check. More playable characters? Yep. Alternate dimensions? Obviously. Ridonkulous bosses? For sure. Same awesome sauce? You bet your sweet jorts. Wait, are they actually jorts? Not in this universe!”, the game’s press release says.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time launches on October 2 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The Nintendo Switch and PC versions might come a year later…

Source: WCCFTech

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