• To play "Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time" almost three weeks before the game is released, players just need to pre-order the title digitally
  • One of the playable characters for the game is from an alternate reality version of Crash's love interest, Tawna
  • Playing as Tawna feels fast, fluid, and fresh, while still retaining the precision and intensity that makes ‘Crash Bandicoot 4’ such a unique platforming experience

Fans of Crash Bandicoot who cannot wait to get on his latest adventure can do so a few weeks before the game’s actual release.

If you pre-order “Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time” digitally, you can get the demo as early as Sept. 16. The game will actually launch on Oct. 2. The game itself was just announced this past June although Crash’s popularity has been steady since his introduction on the original PlayStation.

Activision has also released a video showing gameplay of one of the game’s playable characters, the alternate dimension character known as Tawna, Eurogamer reports. This isn't Crash's classic girlfriend, though, and is instead a more action-oriented version from another dimension.

With a unique playing style and look, Tawna is the final playable character and is shown interacting with Crash and Coco at the start of the cut scene.

“While we're super excited about Tawna's cool new look and the pivotal role that she plays in the story, we've also designed an awesome new playstyle and move set for her,” said Toys for Bob art director Josh Nadelberg on the PlayStation Blog.

"Each of the three new playable characters in ‘Crash Bandicoot 4’ has a unique way to move about and interact with the world. Dingodile uses his vacuum to give himself an extra floaty jump, Neo Cortex has a speedy forward dash move, and Tawna is no exception,” Nadelberg added.

"Equipped with a versatile hook-shot ability that allows her to quickly traverse levels and attack enemies and break crates from afar, Tawna feels as powerful and exciting as she looks,” he said.

“She also has a devastating ground-pound attack, spin kicks, and can reach new heights with her acrobatic wall jump,” Nadelberg said. “Playing as Tawna feels fast, fluid, and fresh, while still retaining the precision and intensity that makes ‘Crash Bandicoot 4’ such a unique platforming experience.”

Unlike previous entries in the series, players can switch between Crash and Coco at any time during a level, with both having the same move set as each other and can make use of four different special masks to overcome more complex problems. This probably makes Tawna and her different move set more appealing then for gamers.

“Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time” 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. Developed by Toys for Bob and published by Activision, it is set to be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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