Crash is back. And now, so is his kart-racing title, Crash Team Racing. Activision is going fur-throttle for a Nitro Fueled remake.
Remakes a go-go
Remakes seem to be all the rage these days, with Activision prepping its third major one in just a few years. First was Crash in his N.Sane Trilogy, then came Spyro with his own trio of titles, and now – it’s CTR time.
“The love that fans have for Crash Team Racing goes beyond just a fun kart racing game, and we’re excited to finally show fans what we’ve been working on to celebrate its 20thanniversary,” said Thomas Wilson, Co-Studio Head at Beenox. “Not only are we revamping Crash Team Racing from the kart up in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, we are giving fans a whole lot more including all the characters and tracks they love, with tons of added animations and personality that the original platform just couldn’t convey. We can’t wait to see fans go head-to-head as they test their Crash kart racing mettle in online multiplayer.”
One of the more standout kart racers to spin out of the 90s craze, Crash Team Racing is a favorite of many a PlayStation gamer. I actually find it more than a little distressing that the game originally launched 20 years ago, but that’s neither here nor there.
What’s a fact, is that Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is looking great. The game will feature “Adventure, Arcade Single Race and Cup Race, Time Trials and Battle Mode”. Adventure mode, by the way, sounds like it’ll be perfect for those who like a story in their zany kart racers. It’s there that the game sets the cast of Crash up against Nitros Oxide, a new racer-themed cosmic villain looking to destroy the world.
More than just solo play though, you’ll also be able to race against your friends in CTR. And yes, that means it’ll be online as well as the couch co-op variety.
The remake of CTR will ship in two flavors, a standard and the Nitros Oxide Edition. A deluxe version, Nitros Oxide will include the base game plus the ability to play as villain Oxide right off the bat. Additionally, you’ll get access to “Oxide’s Hovercraft kart, space-themed character skins for Crash, Coco, Cortex, and much more”
It should be pointed out that you can get Oxide by just playing the game too. He’s not exclusive to his named edition. Though Activision says that you’ll have to beat “some of the fiercest challenges in the Adventure Mode” to get him. So if you frustrate easily, then you might want to go big here.
Both versions of the game will be available day and date, which will be June 21st, 2019. That’s when Crash Team Racing hits retail for the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.