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Crash 4 officially revealed - New mask power suits and playable characters
By Sam Jones - 22nd Jun 2020News
Our lovable Bandicoot protagonist returns this October!
WO-AH... He's back!
Yes folks, if you read the first word of this article in the same way that we do (thank you) you'll be psyched to hear that a brand new Crash Bandicoot game has been officially confirmed.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time, which arrives on October 2nd this year, will be the first brand-new adventure platformer in the main series for our beloved protagonist since Crash Bandicoot: Warped way back in 1998. Previously under the helm of Naughty Dog, the new sequel is being published by Activision and now developed by Toys For Bob (Spyro Reignited Trilogy) - a group of veteran gamers and fans of the original trilogy who are bringing a unique art style to the franchise, along with some exciting new gameplay features.
As the game's name suggests, it's about time. Following the events of Crash 3 (Warped), Neo Cortex, Dr. N. Tropy and Uka Uka have discovered a way to escape the ends of time and space in the hopes of returning to their homeworld to concoct more evil world domination-like plans.
In the process, the evil trio leave a 'villain spaced hole in time and space' and it's up to Crash and his buddies to embark on an adventure to obtain the four Quantum Masks in order to prevent a catastrophic event. In an interview with GameSpot, Toys For Bob's Design Producer Lou Studdert discussed two of the Quantum Masks that Crash will be hunting down, and they're much more than just trophy items.
"You're going to be meeting these characters along this adventure," says Studdert. "and once they join your team they'll be areas in the level where they'll come in and help you. They put a really new spin on the platforming questions and the things that you're going to be doing as Crash or Coco, and they actually equip as a suit."
'Kakuna Wah'* is the Time Mask that allows you to slow down time in order to safely pass through tricky obstacles and jump on Nitro boxes without blowing your ass to bits - while 'Eeka Eeka'* is the Gravity Mask, which allows Crash and Coco to turn the level on its head by running along the ceiling.
As well as taking on the role of Crash and Coco, who was also playable in the previous games, you'll get to play as the dastardly Neo Cortex. Other new features include wall running and rail grinding, similar to the Sonic Adventure games.
At present, it has been reported that Crash 4 will launch on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but there's no indication just yet as to whether PC and Nintendo Switch gamers will get their own platform version.
One thing's for sure, we're hyped that Crash is back!
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*Official Mask names to be confirmed