Crash Bandicoot 4 Coming To Next-Gen, PC, And Nintendo Switch (VIDEO)
The last few years have seen the Crash Bandicoot series arise from relative obscurity and onto monster successes, with remastered classics Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled. The momentum culminated with last year’s release of Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, marking the first original Crash adventure in over ten years and earning a nice bit of praise in the process. Now, with the franchise’s 25th anniversary looming, Crash looks set to be released on a slew of new platforms, including the next-gen PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.
As revealed in a recent blog post from publisher Activision, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is currently on track to be released for PC, Nintendo Switch as well as the debuting-generation PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles. While PC is currently slated to arrive exclusively on Battle.net sometime later in 2021, the remaining new console versions are comparatively scheduled to release in only a few weeks’ time: March 12th to be exact.
In addition to the ever-welcomed increase in platform availability, Crash Bandicoot 4 will also boast a number of spin-worthy upgrades for its new-gen release. PS5 and Xbox Series X players are confirmed to have quicker loading times as well as support for 60 FPS and 4K resolutions, with solely upscaled 4K reserved for the Series S. PC will enjoy similar perks, also featuring 4K capability alongside an uncapped framerate for those with sufficient rigs. Of course, current PlayStation and Xbox users will also have access to free upgrades when the next-gen version arrives.
While it would appear that the long-rumored Nintendo Switch version isn’t getting any special attention, comparisons between each platform’s trailers may suggest otherwise. Screenshots posted by Kanozu_ on Twitter (H/T Nintendo Everything) point out the Switch port may in fact be optimized in a unique way. Noticing each port’s differing character models, Crash Bandicoot 4 on Switch looks to have been reworked to feature a brighter, cell-shaded look rather than the common practice of rendering everything in a lower resolution.
the crash 4 switch conversion is interesting. rather than downporting the game by decreasing the resolution and having a blurry/soft look like many ports, they’ve reworked the models and assets to have something more cell-shaded, keeping the rez high but getting a different look pic.twitter.com/P5NZUN3drh
— kano (@Kanozu_) February 9, 2021
Though it’s a bummer that PC players will have to wait for the time being, the fact there’s new Crash Bandicoot 4 platforms abound is likely to be exciting for fans nonetheless. One thing that’s certain is developer Toys For Bob has exceedingly earned its stripes with this new Crash adventure after picking up from where Vicarious Visions left off with the N.Sane Trilogy. As for the future, there’s currently a mobile Crash spin-off on the way and Vicarious Visions is rumored to have a Diablo 2 remake in development after recently being swallowed up by Blizzard.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is out now for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
What do you think? Are glad to see Crash Bandicoot 4 come to next-gen platforms, or are you just glad to see a PC version on the way? Are you actually most hyped for the Nintendo Switch port? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more headlines recently featured on DFTG, check out these next few news stories:
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