• After years of speculation, "Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time" will finally be released on October 2, 2020
  • This will be the first true sequel to 1998's "Crash Bandicoot: Warped" even though the title character has appeared in kart racing and even RPGs since then
  • The trailer for the new game promises a return to Crash's platform gaming roots which will surely please the character's devoted fans

The more than 20-year wait for fans of Crash Bandicoot is over at last.

“Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time” is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 2 for $59.99, The Verge reports. This is the long-awaited true sequel to 1998’s “Crash Bandicoot: Warped” and will finally bring back the eponymous Crash to his platform gaming roots.

The third game in the series, Crash Bandicoot: Warped,” saw Crash topping the evil Doctor Neo Cortex, Dr. Nefarious Tropy, and Uka Uka, leaving them stranded on a distant planet. “Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time” will have the malevolent trio ripping the fabric of space and time when they escape.

Clearly realizing the demand for a return to the character’s roots, “Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time” will be a platform game as the trailer shows Crash still spinning and jumping through enemies and over bottomless pits while still collecting Wumpa fruits.

New elements have also been added to the experience though as the title character is seen running walls, swinging on ropes, grinding on rails, and running on the ceiling while slowing down time. “It’s about time for a totally new game,” the trailer announced while 90s hit “The Rockafeller Skank” by Fatboy Slim plays. “It’s about new powers. It’s about new worlds. It’s about new N. Sanity. It’s about wumping time.”

“Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time” was developed by Toys for Bob and published by Activision. It’s the same developer as the “Spyro Reignited Trilogy,” which bodes well for fans of Crash Bandicoot. Toys for Bob also created a stunning port for the Nintendo Switch of “Crash N. Sane Trilogy.”

The 22-year gap since “Crash Bandicoot: Warped” and “Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time” seems almost impossible given Crash also appearing in other games over the years. In the 2000s, the series went through an identity crisis; a variety of developers released 15 different Crash Bandicoot games, including kart racers, a hack and slash, and an RPG. Yet they all seemed to be missing something.

Crash himself made a cameo in, of all places, “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” which somehow helped spark interest in a solo game featuring the mutant eastern barred bandicoot once more. After all, “Crash N. Sane Trilogy,” released in 2017, sold over 10 million copies as of February last year says The Verge. This October, the wait is finally over.

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Activision rumored to release a new Crash Bandicoot game in 2019. Activision