Crash Bandicoot 4 revealed at last, coming to PS4 and Xbox One

Crash Bandicoot 4

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time has been officially revealed. The game will become the fourth mainline entry in the series, and Activision’s first new Crash game in a decade.

Back in time

Crash Bandicoot 4 is canonically set after the end of Crash 3. When Naughty Dog departed the series, Crash had successfully locked his entire rogue’s gallery away on a distant planet. It wasn’t enough. Turned loose upon the galaxy once more, Crash must shut them down again. Developed by Spyro Reignited Trilogy studio Toys For Bob, Crash 4 looks as though its doing all it can to recapture the 90’s era vibe of the originals.

Players will be able to play as Crash or Coco Bandicoot for the entire game if they wish, and even villain Neo Cortex will become playable at some point. There’s a lot to take in from the trailer, but we can see a lot of classic Crash gameplay mixed with some new mechanics. One level appears to contain wall-running. Others feature new powers gained by collecting four powerful quantum masks. The two we see in the trailer allow you to control time and gravity respectively. What the other two do remains to be seen.

The game also features a dramatic overhaul of the traditional Crash visuals, with a more modern though still very cartoonish look.

Word of the game’s existence appeared online last week when the Taiwan Digital Game Rating Committee accidentally leaked trailer stills, box art and its release date.

Coming soon

Speaking of release dates, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time launches October 2, 2020 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. At this stage, Activision has made no mention of versions for Windows PC or Switch.

David Smith

David Smith is the former games and technology editor at The AU Review. He has previously written for PC World Australia. You can find him on Twitter at @RhunWords.