But Fans Are Still Worried
Developer Toys For Bob is stating that there will be no Crash 4 microtransactions, but some fans are not entirely certain about the future of this hotly-anticipated game.
"We're seeing confusion about [microtransactions] in [Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time] and want to be [crystal] clear: There are NO MICROTRANSACTIONS in #Crash4," stated a tweet from developer Toys For Bob. "As a bonus, the Totally Tubular skins are included in all digital versions of the game."
Claims of Crash 4 microtransactions have popped up due to the game's Microsoft Store listing which was noticed by VG 24/7. The Microsoft Store page still states that it will include in-app purchases at the time of writing. However, Toys For Bob has emphatically denied that this is the case.
Will There Really Be No Crash 4 Microtransactions?
Despite Toys For Bob's statement, some of the responses to its tweet are still concerned that they'll be in the game anyway, and that has a lot to do with Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled.
When Crash Team Racing first launched, it was a pretty good racing game in its own right and was noticeably free of any microtransactions whatsoever. That game later received an update that added microtransactions despite promises to the contrary. It should be noted that both Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled and Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time are both published by Activision.
It is, of course, entirely possible that the Microsoft Store listing is a mistake. Take a look for yourself: the PlayStation Store listing for Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled has the warning "May contain in-game purchases" below the "Add to Wishlist" button. On the other hand, the PlayStation Store listing for Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time does not have that warning at the time of writing.
There is another strange disparity we've noticed: the Microsoft Store lists several prominent games with "Offers in-app purchases" that don't have any DLC:
This fact leads us to believe that the Microsoft Store is applying the "Offers in-app purchases" warning for games with paid DLC, much like how the ESRB handles it.
So, will there be Crash 4 microtransactions? Microsoft says 'yes', but Sony and the developer say no. We'll find out which one is correct when the game launches on October 1, 2020 — but that could always change in a future update, just like Crash Team Racing.
Do you think there really won't be any Crash 4 microtransactions? Are you looking forward to playing this new Crash Bandicoot game? Let us know in the comments below!