After a listing on the Microsoft Store implied that Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time would feature in-game purchases and other fun microtransactions, developer Toys For Bob has made it perfectly clear that once you pay the $60 for the base game you won’t have to spend any money for additional content.
The studio said as much on its Twitter account, where it did clarify that the Totally Tubular skins would be given away for free for digital versions of the game (though, the lack of direct acknowledgement of what this means for physical copies is odd), but nothing will cost any extra money.
We're seeing confusion about #MTX in @CrashBandicoot 4 and want to be ? clear: There are NO MICROTRANSACTIONS in #Crash4. As a bonus, the Totally Tubular skins are included in all digital versions of the game.
— Toys For Bob (@ToysForBob) June 30, 2020
It’s worth noting that, while there might be no microtransactions at the outset, Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled did end up adding them after the fact by letting you pay real money for in-game currency to buy into the game’s economy. This let you unlock things more quickly, and proves that just because there won’t be additional opportunities to pay real life money at launch doesn’t mean that they’re off the table. It does, at least, mean you should be fine to see it through to the end without being asked to whip out your credit card. It would be nice to see more levels and worlds come out It’s About Time through post-launch support, but let’s worry about the full game first instead of getting too caught up on that.
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After leaking just days before its proper reveal, Activision and Toys For Bob unveiled Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time last week. While the series has been going on for a long time beyond those, making the “4” in the name a bit of a misnomer, the studio is touting it as a continuation of the original trilogy of games developed by Naughty Dog in the PlayStation era, iterating on the the mechanics and level design of those games over 20 years later. Toys For Bob has some experience with the series as well, helping develop the remakes of Naughty Dog’s games in the form of Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy. Those remakes launched first on PlayStation 4 in 2017 and were eventually ported to Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC a year later as part of an exclusivity deal with Sony. Luckily for Xbox owners, It’s About Time doesn’t have any such deal, and will launch on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 2.
Exclusivity and promotion deals aside, it looks like Activision had enough success with The N. Sane Trilogy and Nitro-Fueled to greenlight a true sequel. Maybe Spyro will get another game in line with its classic feel after the Reignited Trilogy? Or maybe Activision will want to try another remaster before it takes that plunge? The company has said the success of these games has made it interested in making more remasters in the meantime. So we’ll have to wait and see.