Activision and Toys for Bob officially unveiled Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time and they want the fans to know that for all the new additions, it's a classic Crash experience that's a love letter to Crash fans, by Crash fans.
One of the first things that fans are likely to notice in Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time's trailer is the new art style, which is to be expected given the 20+ year difference, but the art hides many new changes that are meant to bring Crash into the new era.
"Expect to see new worlds, lush vistas, and an absurd variety of enemies and hazards in a style and visual fidelity fit for the modern gaming experience. Expect to see larger landscapes this time, too", Sony wrote.
Crash Bandicoot was traditionally a more linear experience, whereas Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time aims to take it to a new level. Apparently, you can sometimes even spot subsequent levels from your current platforming level.
If you're a fan of the more traditional platforming vibe, however, Toys for Bob have you covered. Namely, Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time gives you a choice between Modern and Retro modes, where the former is challenging as much as the latter but is a bit more forgiving.
"The environments are alive with a wacky and wonky sense of motion and energy everywhere you care to look. With such vibrancy on display, expect a whole new set of platforming tricks like wall running, rail grinding, and rope swinging to help you visit every nook, cranny, and secret spot. The result is a love letter to Crash fans by Crash fans at developer Toys for Bob", Activision said.
Interestingly enough, Activision admitted to having used Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time's time mask, Kupuna-Wa, in their It's Time to Play trailer from November 2019, so we knew about Crash Bandicoot 4 before we knew it. Sneaky Sony, very sneaky, but we love it. Onwards to October 2, 2020.