Crash Bandicoot fans, this might be the update you’ve been waiting for, and very aptly so, it’s about time that it happened.
Recently, an entry for Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time was leaked on the Taiwan Digital Game Rating Committee, and was listed as a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One title. Having been taken down at the time of writing, the site stated that the game was developed by Toys for Bob, the same folks who did the Spyro Reignited Trilogy in 2019.
Here’s the game’s synopsis, courtesy of Gematsu:
Crash is relaxing and exploring his island in his time, 1998, when he finds a mysterious mask hidden away in a cave, Lani-Loli. The mask is one of the Quantum Masks and apparently knows Aku-Aku, Crash’s mask friend! With the Quantum Masks returning and a Quantum Rift appearing near our heroes, they decide to bravely head through to different times and dimensions to stop whoever is responsible.
From the synopsis, and as the title suggests, it looks as though Crash Bandicoot 4 will be a time-travel-centric game, with the ability to warp between different timelines as the titular Crash. How exactly that will look like remains to be seen, though we’re optimistic that the game will shift between current-gen and past-gen graphics, as a nod to the original games by Naughty Dog.
However, it gets more juicy. Publisher Activision also recently has been doing some sneaky advertisement for a potential future game, having sent over a curious 200-piece puzzle to various media in the US.
From the example above courtesy of IGN, the puzzle was sent over from “Your Favourite Bandicoot”, as a “little something to pass the TIME”, with the last word in deliberate block letters. The image reveals a new mask — the same one that was teased in the “It’s Time to Play” video by PlayStation back in November 2019. Curious.
This, in essence, all but confirms the existence of Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time. As such, it’s just a matter of time (heh) that Activision truly shows its hand to the rest of the gaming public.
Marion has a serious RPG addiction. Sometimes it bleeds into real life; he forgets to sleep because he thinks he has a Witcher’s body clock. Forgive him in advance if he suddenly blurts out terms such as “Mind Flayer” and “Magic Missile”, because never once does he stop thinking about his next Dungeons & Dragons game.