It looks like the Microsoft Store pulled an oopsie as Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time developer Toys for Bob have gone on record to state that their game will not have any microtransactions. This is really good news for obvious reasons and we’re glad to know Activision isn’t getting too greedy, at least for now, so people can buy this game and not need to worry about sinking in more money.
On Twitter, Toys for Bob made it very clear that Crash Bandicoot 4 will not have any form of microtransactions. The “Totally Tubular” skins for Crash and Coco will remain exclusive to those that purchase the digital version of Crash 4. Could that change over time? Maybe but we’re willing to give them the benefit of the doubt right now.
We're seeing confusion about #MTX in @CrashBandicoot 4 and want to be ? clear: There are NO MICROTRANSACTIONS in #Crash4. As a bonus, the Totally Tubular skins are included in all digital versions of the game.— Toys For Bob (@ToysForBob) June 30, 2020
Honestly, I wish we could trust Toys for Bob but there’s always a chance that Activision will do something shady later on. Crash Team Racing - Nitro-Fueled launched to critical acclaim but then added microtransactions a few weeks after its release, which is really annoying. Granted, you don’t have to pay for the extra in-game cash to get the special unlockables but we’re sure some impatient gamers will.
To be fair, if Crash Bandicoot 4 ends up having a few extra levels as paid DLC, no one would complain about that. Fans don’t mind paying for things that actually change the game a bit so we wouldn’t be too harsh on them if they announced an expansion or two. Charging for in-game currency is what grinds my gears.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time will be coming out on PS4 and Xbox One this October.