To make good use of the pun in the game’s subtitle: it’s about time!
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time launched on October 2 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and already then, we suspected that the Nintendo Switch and the PC will get the game eventually. Activision Blizzard had other plans: together with Toys For Bob (the devs), they announced that the game is heading to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
The pricing feels weird: the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series will get the game for 60 dollars, while the Nintendo Switch and the PC will receive it for 40. If you already have the game on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, upgrading to the next-gen version will be free (except in Japan, for some reason), and you can also transfer your save to the new version. Sounds fair.
The PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X can run the game natively in 4K, at 60 frames per second, while on the Xbox Series S, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time will run on upscaled 4K (which doesn’t seem to make sense, but that is what the press release says… isn’t the small Xbox’ limit 1440p…? Something feels off.). All three consoles will get better loading times and 3D audio. The PlayStation 5 version will also make use of the DualSense controllers’ adaptive triggers, so you can feel if you blast Neo Cortex’s DNA-changing blaster or Tawna’s Hookshot. The PlayStation 5’s Activity Card feature will also give players a breakdown of their progress throughout each of the game’s dimensions, guiding to achieve objectives and more.
The publisher is also preparing the fans for further Crash Bandicoot news, saying that „fans should also be on the look-out for tons of furtastic festivities from Activision Blizzard aimed to engage Crash Bandicoot fans throughout the year,” and that „fans can expect more information on the PC edition at a later date, along with other fun happenings in celebration of the franchise’s 25th anniversary.”
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time will launch on March 12 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, and Nintendo Switch. The PC version (which will be exclusive to Battle.net, possibly requiring a constant Internet connection a la Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2) will launch later in 2021.