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It’s About Time For Crash Bandicoot 4

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It’s not a secret anymore that Crash Bandicoot 4 is finally under production…images of the boxart and screenshots from the trailer began surfacing last week. Today was the day of the official unveiling, and a wacky two-minute trailer. What have Crash and his crew been up to all these years?

In the case of Crash’s nemesis, Neo Cortex, he’s been stranded on another planet all this time, ever since the end of Crash 3 (all other titles have been retconned as of now). Itching for revenge, he eventually figures out how to rip holes in space-time, allowing him to return and cause havoc throughout the multiverse. Once again it falls upon one marsupial (and his sister) to stop him.

The game is being developed by Toys For Bob, who previously brought us the Spyro Reignited Trilogy and assisted on Crash’s N-Same Trilogy (mainly developed by Vicarious Visions). “We deliberately called this game Crash 4 because we want to position this as a true sequel to the original three games,” Paul Yan, co-studio head at Toys for Bob, told Polygon in an interview. “There’s something really, really special about those first three games, and you could see that reflected both critically and commercially.”

It’s pretty bold to position yourself directly in the footsteps of Naughty Dog, a studio currently too busy making depressing murder simulators to bother with Crash. Do they have what it takes to create a worthy successor?

To have a shot at accomplishing that, Toys For Bob figured they needed to take the series back to its core appeal….tight, precision platforming through busy track levels. “In a world where other platformers are more about exploration and taking your time leisurely about the world, Crash is asking very focused design challenges of the player,” says Yan.

This time you won’t just be playing as Crash, but also Coco and even Neo Cortex in some levels. We don’t know why you need to be him yet, but Cortex’s levels will play a bit differently…the mad scientist has a dash instead of a double-jump, and totes a ray gun that converts obstacles into helpful objects.

We hope Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is as good as the trailer below makes it look. The game comes out October 2 for Playstation 4 and XBox One.