Just N.Time for Fall – Crash Bandicoot™ 4: It’s About Time

It’s about time for Crash Bandicoot – the orange spin-jumping and dancing marsupial – to return in a sequel to his original trilogy, fittingly named Crash Bandicoot™ 4: It’s About Time, coming this fall to PlayStation® 4, PlayStation® 4 Pro, and the family of Xbox One devices from Microsoft, including the Xbox One X.   

This is the first brand-new Crash Bandicoot game in over ten years; an epic and absurd platforming adventure completely built from the ground up, and a true successor to the original trilogy!    

Yes, we’re fur real: Crash is back, and it’s about time… Or more specifically, our bandicoot is here with his friends to protect the fate of the entire space-time continuum across the multiverse!   

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On October 2nd, 2020, join Crash, Coco and friends across time and space to stop Neo Cortex, Dr. N. Tropy, and other nefarious forces from not only taking over the world, but the entire multiverse.       

Here’s our 4-ward looking statement at this sequel:   

The Very Model of a Modern Major Marsupial

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is the first original entry in the Crash franchise in over a decade and is a direct sequel to the original trilogy over 20 years in the making.   

The core experience of what makes Crash Bandicoot games so entertaining – an intense and hilarious 3D platforming experience defined by a certain marsupial’s brash attitude – remains faithfully intact, but with a number of new twists: This includes a reimagined and updated art style, new gameplay mechanics, and innovative abilities, like being able to switch between Modern and Retro modes of play: These are all features that allow longtime fans and new players alike to enjoy Crash’s latest adventure!   

You can see this reflected in the game’s reveal trailer and screenshots. Visually, Toys for Bob is introducing a fresh take on Crash, his friends, his enemies, and the landscapes around them with a new art style. While staying true to the franchise’s zany spirit, expect to see new worlds, lush vistas, and an absurd variety of enemies and hazards in a style and visual fidelity fit for the modern gaming experience.

Face Your Foes: Quantum Masks

Crash and Coco are still jumping, spinning, and wumping around as they are known for, but don’t think they’ve sat around with nary a new trick up their (lack of) sleeves!

New to Crash Bandicoot 4 are the Quantum Masks: four powerful guardians of space and time that give our heroes the power to bend the rules of reality and conquer dangerous obstacles in exciting new ways.

Out of these four masks, two are introduced within the launch trailer: Kupuna-Wa (the Time Mask), who slows down time to allow for even more precise movements, and the Ika Ika (the Gravity Mask), who allows for platforming upside down despite the regular laws of physics!

Mind Expanding: Neo Cortex Control!

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be the mad man in the eternal struggle between bad science and a Bandicoot? Now you’ll get your chance!

Not only can you tackle some fiendish platforming challenges as Crash or Coco, but during your quest to save the multiverse, you’ll also control newly playable characters, like the cunning Neo Cortex, to gain alternate perspectives into how our bandicoot heroes are saving the world one shimmy dance at a time.

That’s not to mention a host of new and enhanced features, as well as larger-than-life boss battles and new platforming tricks like wall running, rail grinding, and rope swinging, that are packed into this love letter to Crash fans by Crash fans at developer Toys for Bob.

Pre-Orders Live Now – Get it on Digital for Totally Tubular Skins!

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time will be available for the suggested retail price in the U.S. of $59.99 on October 2, 2020.

Purchasing the game digitally will grant you the Totally Tubular Skins (available at launch), which puts Crash and Coco into some digs that shows off their radical roots.

 

If you also think that It’s About Time that another original Crash game is getting released, then you can pre-order the game now at www.crashbandicoot.com/crash4

 For more information on the Crash Bandicoot™ franchise, please visit www.crashbandicoot.com and follow @CrashBandicoot on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, as well as developer Toys for Bob on Twitter and Instagram.

Shatter Time and Space with new gameplay unveiled in Crash Bandicoot™ 4: It’s About Time

Dingodile is Back… And He’s Playable!

After retiring his old ways of villainy, Dingodile settled down to live his life-long dream of owning and operating a diner… Only to have it destroyed before his very eyes, and for him to be sucked into another dimension.

Well, It’s About Time for him to find out what went wrong. In Crash 4 you’ll be able to play levels as Dingodile to alter the storytelling perspective and discover some fun new mechanics, similar to the Neo Cortex levels that have been discussed previously. Dingodile can use his vacuum gun to hover and suck up TNT crates to launch at enemies, as well as indulge in some crocodile tail-spinning fun.

Consider these fun alternative perspectives of the Bandicoot’s quest to save the multiverse… Or more importantly, Dingodile’s ill-fated diner.

Earnable Skins (er… furs?) to Show Off Your Achievements

During the original trilogy, Crash and Coco sometimes donned outfits to blend into their time period or environment, such as biker jackets for motorcycle races or scuba gear for water levels.

For It’s About Time, these fun cosmetic changes for Crash and Coco can now be earned – and used across all levels – by completing in-game challenges and earning gems.

Solo Tours, New Decks and Create-a-Skater Crash Swag Highlight Tony Hawk’s™ Pro Skater™ 1 and 2 November Update Dropping Tomorrow, November 6

Challenge and Tuning Updates

On top of all this new content, Vicarious Visions added in over 100 new Challenges across 10 new Challenge Sets. Expect to find new objectives around the new Solo Tour mode, Multiplayer, Classic Park Challenges that involve hitting new high scores, Create-a-Park Combo Challenges, and Combo Practice Challenges, a set of challenges designed for skaters to practice combos and critical skating skills needed to shred in Tours or Multiplayer.

Those Challenges come with plenty of XP and Cash, which Vicarious Visions tuned on an overall level that should help you reach Level 100! All skaters will find themselves a bit less strapped for Cash to spend at the Skate Shop, while skilled skaters will earn XP at a higher rate in line with their epic abilities!

The other major tuning pass applies to Multiplayer playlists; both Jams and Competitive will better randomize Parks and Scores, adding a bit more variety for your next online session.

With all these new additions and updates to Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2, there’s no better time to drop back in.

If you haven’t already grabbed a copy, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 can still be purchased through the game’s official website, with the regular edition available for $39.99 (MSRP) and a digital deluxe version, which includes unique content and in-game gear, available for $49.99 (MSRP).

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Crash Bandicoot 4 Youtooz Collectibles

MSRP: $29.99

Working collaboratively with the Crash Bandicoot creative team, Youtooz styled the iconic looks of Crash, Tawna, Coco, and Dr. Neo Cortex for a limited number of collectible figurines. As with all Youtooz drops, once the Crash Bandicoot collection sells out, it will never be re-made, making the set a must have for any Crash fan. The four Crash Bandicoot figures can now be pre-ordered and will be shipping in March 2021.

Pre-order at Youtooz.com here.

Crash Bandicoot On the Run!™ Live Now

Take On Legendary Locations and Bosses

Tighten those laces, Bandicoots. A variety of running challenges await our heroes, starting at the Wumpa Archipelago. This vast landscape features classic levels like Turtle Woods and Temple Ruins, as well as branching paths. Will you brave the depths of Sewer or Later or take a mad dash through the Snow Go winter wonderland?

Attempting to stop you in your tracks are the most nefarious of villains: Dingodile, Doctor N. Gin, and Doctor Neo Cortex himself, to name a few. Build up your arsenal of weapons and take them on in epic boss battles. Toss bombs that rattle Nitro Crab in his shell, sloosh the Frosty Ant Drone out of his lane using serums, and humiliate Nitro Neo Cortex with a double whammy of the Ray Gun and Bazooka.

Play through the main adventure or test your skills in other game modes like time trials or the endless runner mode. Even in their quest to bash Cortex’s minions back to their own dimensions, Crash and Coco always have time for new challenges.

Unlock Skins Across Branching Paths

Watch that TNT! You wouldn’t want to scuff your new digs.

Crash Bandicoot: On the Run! features an array of whacky and creative skins to unlock as you progress through Wumpa Island. Start off with the classic Crash and Coco look or get snarly with the Punk skins also available from the start. The resources you find and the enemies you face depend on the path you take, so choose wisely. With multiple routes and lanes weaving to-and-fro, you never know what you might find around the next corner.

Crash Team Rumble™ — Coming Soon to Xbox and PlayStation

Play as Crash, Dingodile, and a host of other heroes and villains from the Crash universe and strategically leverage each character’s distinct personality and playstyle. Rumbles will take place across wild and varied arenas in 4v4, team-based, online multiplayer action. Players slide, smash, bump, and bash their way to victory against the other teams to battle it out to drop off the most Wumpa fruit in their team’s bank. 

Crash Team Rumble — Pre-order now and get access to the Closed Beta April 20-24

Preorders are available now in two editions: Standard and Deluxe. Players who purchase the Standard Edition will receive access to the Closed Beta plus a Premium Battle Pass Unlock for Season 1. Get the Deluxe Edition to additionally earn a Premium Battle Pass Unlock for Season 2, along with access to the Digital Proto Pack, which includes:

●      8 “Blocky” hero skins

●      “Pixelated” Shadow

●      “Get On My Level” in-game Victory Music

●      “Blocky” Hat

●      “Blocky” Backpack

●      “Blocky” Score FX

●      Unique Banner

Purchasing the Deluxe Edition also awards a 25 Tier Instant Unlock for the Season 1 Premium Battle Pass.  

 

Cross-Platform, Pick Up, and Play

Get N. Sane with Crash Team Rumble, Launching June 20 on PlayStation and Xbox

Need some help with the lingo? Let’s go over the fundamentals:

Scorers: Scorers like Crash excel at moving around the map to collect and bank Wumpa Fruit.

Blockers: Blockers like Dingodile use their might to prevent enemy players from depositing Wumpa at their bank.

Boosters: Boosters like Neo Cortex support their team by collecting Relics to trigger Relic Stations and by activating Gem Pads to gain vital Wumpa multipliers.

Relic Stations: Relic Stations trigger map-specific, game-changing events and abilities that can swing the match, like healing your team or raining hot lava on your foes. Maps feature regular Relic Stations and a central Epic Relic Station, providing even more power for a greater Relic cost.

Gem Pads: Capture a set of Gem Pads to boost your team’s scoring potential, adding a time-limited multiplier to your Wumpa deposits. Boosts are stackable, so capture as many Gem Pads as possible.

Wumpa Fruit: Mmmmm, tasty. You can never have enough. A staple item in the Crash universe and the very thing you’re battling over. Deposit at your team’s Wumpa Bank to score.

 

More on the Way: Postlaunch Content

Crash Team Rumble is Free for a Limited time

Experience the brawling fun of the all-new spin on Crash Bandicoot, Crash Team Rumble this upcoming weekend, via a limited time free trial*. The team at Toys for Bob is excited for players everywhere to have a chance to jump into the fun from August 11 – August 14! Download for free on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, or PlayStation 4, and drop into competitive matches featuring some of your favorite Crash Bandicoot heroes and villains. Race to be the first team to bank enough Wumpa fruit to take home the win, and earn progress towards the free Season 1 Battle Pass! Unlock exciting new skins and cosmetics when you upgrade to the Standard or Deluxe Edition, available now!

 

Play as Iconic Heroes and Villains on Every Map

During the Free Trial, play as fan-favorites Crash Bandicoot, Coco Bandicoot, or Dingodile. Each hero fulfills one of the three roles on your team – scorer, booster, blocker – a balance of each type of hero is key to victory! Crash is a scorer, a hero perfect for snatching up Wumpa fruit around the map and delivering them to your team’s Wumpa Bank, the key to winning each round. Coco is a booster, who supports the team by capturing Gem Pads that boost your team’s scoring potential, and by activating Relic Stations on each map that have wild and unique effects. Finally, there’s Dingodile, a bulky powerhouse blocker who prevents the enemy team from scoring with his powerful tail attacks.

Each character can be further customized with two equippable powers in the Free Trial. Choose from either the Flytrap Spitter, which fires projectiles at your opponents, or the Healing Fridge, which recovers allies’ health if they stand nearby.

In addition to the above, every map, including the recently released Bogged Down, is playable during the Free Trial.

 

 

Unlock Cosmetics and Customize your Look

Season 1 is still going strong for Crash Team Rumble, and access to the Season 1 Premium Battle Pass is free for all players with the full version of Crash Team Rumble! Drop in today and start unlocking amazing rewards, from skins, cosmetics, music, and more. There are many more heroes and powers available in the full version of Crash Team Rumble, which can be unlocked by playing the game and earning badges. While you won’t be able to select them in the Free Trial, any progression you make towards unlocking new heroes and powers is carried over upon upgrading to the Standard, or Deluxe Edition!

                                                                                     

Recruit Your Friends and Go Head-to-Head

Play cross-platform and compete with friends in Private Matches, or group up and rumble in Public Competitive Matches. No matter how you choose to play Crash Team Rumble, you’ll be able to download and play for free this weekend with friends and foes alike!

The Crash Team Rumble Free Trial is available on August 11 at 10 AM PT for the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, and PlayStation 4 and ends on August 14 at approximately 10 AM PT. For more information, head to the official Crash Bandicoot site and be sure to follow @CrashBandicoot on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and TikTok for more news and updates.

 

 

 

*Free Trial dates and times subject to change. Activision account and internet connection required. PlayStation®Plus subscription on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 not required. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or Xbox Live Gold on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One may be required (subscription sold separately). Some content not available in free trial. Visit www.crashbandicoot.com for more information.

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It’s Time to Party in Crash Team Rumble Season 2

 

Party Mode Brings Fast Paced Co-op to Crash Team Rumble

For players looking to take a breather from competitive matches, Season 2 delivers with Party Mode! Assemble a team of 4 and unwind in 5 distinct mini-game rounds, each with their own challenges. You’ll need to work together as a team to accomplish each task, while simultaneously collecting clocks that increase your remaining time! Master each Party Mode Wave and you may even unlock a secret Boss Wave, the ultimate test of skill for Crash veterans. Every round, your team’s score is calculated based on how quickly you complete each goal, so you’ll need to practice minimizing your time, and maximizing your score!

 

Party Mode Rounds come in 5 different types:

·      Speed Run – Race through speed pads with your teammates while dodging hazards like bumpers and nitro crates. Players are connected by a tether that increases their speed, but breaks if players move too far apart from their teammates. Don’t leave anyone behind, and race as a group to achieve the best times!

·      What’s Cookin? – Work together to collect specific ingredients and add them to a huge pot that travels around the map. Make sure to communicate with your teammates to ensure you aren’t grabbing the wrong ingredients, and always keep an eye on the pot!

·      Get Lit – Players must use a candle to light lanterns scattered around a massive tower before time runs out. Your candle will burn out, so you’ll need to rely on your teammates to re-light it to keep up the pace. Careful timing and coordination are the keys to success!

·      Dig It – Search across the map for buried bones and reassemble them in the center to uncover a full skeleton! Some bones are larger than others and need multiple players to carry them. Make good use of the ping system, and time your jumps in tandem to ensure the best times.

·     Bounce Balloons (releasing later during Season 2) – Leap high in the sky above Calamity Canyon, and bounce across huge balloons to score points. Each wave generates different sets of balloons; your team will need to bounce on a certain number of each shape to claim victory. Bounce carefully, as multiple players leaping at the same balloon may find themselves plummeting back to earth!