For a game that bills itself as being about time, Crash Bandicoot 4 seems to have very poor perception of it. For instance, the developers have released a “launch” trailer for it even though the game’s launch is still more than a week away. This has become standard practice, sadly, but I was hoping a game about time would at least show some decorum and might lead the way to a better tomorrow.
Turns out it’s not even about time! It’s about Crash and Coco looking for quantum masks and trying to save the worlds from Neo Cortex and N. Tropy by bending the rules of reality using their masks. At least that’s what the blurb says. From looking at the trailer, I’d say it’s about jumping and breaking wooden crates.
The masks appear to give the player new powers, like the ability to freeze at will or shoot purple balls of fire or turn things into jelly or something. It looks like we’ll be able to play as a whole host of characters, including the bad guys. Maybe the bad guys aren’t bad guys in some of the universes?
Crash Bandicoot 4 is going to be released on October 2nd, on Playstation 4. There’s a demo, but it’s only available to those who’ve already preordered the game. It’s a move that makes me raise my eyebrows audibly, especially since Sony is notoriously hard to get a refund from, which means you can’t preorder the game, try out the demo and cancel the preorder if you don’t like it. It’s basically not a demo at all – it’s an aperitif for those who already know they want the game. Thankfully, you can just wait another 10 days for the reviews and gameplay videos to start showing up before you make a decision.