Rumour: Crash Bandicoot 4 to Have Microtransactions

A Microsoft store listing for the upcoming Crash Bandicoot 4 has revealed that the game will contain "in-app purchases". Although the listing doesn't say microtransactions specifically, Activision controversially added them to Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled in 2019.

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People don’t like microtransactions, with many considering their inclusion in paid-for titles predatory. Alongside the recent announcement of Crash Bandicoot 4, microtransactions may be coming to the game because of a recent Microsoft store listing. Below the button to pre-order the game, the listing states that the game will include “in-app purchases”. Whilst it doesn’t state micro-transactions explicitly, it’s important to remember that Activision controversially added them to Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled after release. In the game, players could buy “Wumpa Coins” to buy skins and other cosmetic upgrades for characters or their karts.

Towards the end of the Crash 4 trailer, it showed us that if players pre-order digitally, they’ll receive unique skins. Overlooked at the time, this does allude to the possible inclusion of paid cosmetics. Whether this comes in the form of a microtransaction system similar to Crash Team Racing is unknown. Activision are infamous for their controversial monetisation methods and rarely take public outrage into account.

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Hopefully these are just skins, simply because I personally don’t believe that microtransactions have a place in a platformer that will be appealing to children. I’m holding out hope this isn’t the case, but Activision’s history doesn’t too much to ease concerns.

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