Activision Is Adding Microtransactions To Crash Bandicoot 4
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is a game many of us are looking forward to since plenty of players have missed the comedic, yet challenging platformers of yore. Crash Bandicoot 4 looks like the sequel fans want and then some, with intriguing power-ups, great graphics, and some self-aware writing that could be hit or miss. However, this is a game from the greedy hands of Activision and their fingerprints were bound to show up.
That day has come as a listing from the Microsoft Store has revealed in-game purchases will be in Crash 4. Yup, an E-rated platformer aimed at children and the children at heart will be getting those dreaded microtransactions, though for what we don’t know. Currently, the game has some exclusive costumes for Crash and Coco Bandicoot for those that get the digital version but they could be re-released as in-game purchases.
At the moment it’s not quite clear what these in-game purchases could be for. However, the description on the Microsoft Store page notes that players who digitally purchase the game will receive the Totally Tubular skins for both Crash and Coco. It’s reasonable to assume that the microtransactions in Crash Bandicoot 4, then, will probably include a variety of skins for each playable character.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Crash Bandicoot succumb to microtransactions. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled was controversial for adding microtransactions after the game has been out for a number of weeks, which really ticked off everyone. The fact that they did this after CTR had gained critical acclaim was a particularly low move by Activision again.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is set to launch on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 2nd, 2020. It’ll cost $59.99 and also takes place immediately after the events of Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped.