Crash Bandicoot fans suspected the upcoming game, It's About Time, would be riddled with microtransactions but the developers shot those claims down. It wouldn't be the first time a studio went back on their word though.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time had barely been announced by the time speculation about microtransactions in the game started. It's not without a good reason though, it is Activision publishing the title after all. Furthermore, the fans glimpsed some skins that hinted something along those lines would happen.
However, Toys for Bob recently tweeted that the game would not have microtransactions. On top of that, the Totally Tubular skins are apparently included in all digital versions of the game.
While such an announcement is certainly welcome, fans are worried it might not amount to much. Namely, when Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled was heading towards launch, a Beenox employee stated the game would be microtransaction-free .
The employee did not lie technically, because it indeed launched without microtransactions. They were added one month after launch though. Considering that Activision's games have a tendency to introduce microtransactions after the review cycle is done, fans are right to be worried about the future of Crash Bandicoot 4 and whether it will get the unwanted "feature" post-launch.
Keep in mind that while Beenox and Toys for Bob are different studios, they are both Activision's studios. If the publisher decides to employ unsavoury practices once again, there isn't much the developers will be able to do, despite the announcement that you can see above.