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Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled creative director shares a dev blog on the game's tech and more

Crash Team Racing's major overhaul was revealed last week, confirmed the long-standing rumor of a remake. It's obvious the game looks quite a bit improved over the original release, and over on the official Playstation blog, Beenox Creative Director Thomas Wilson went into detail on the project.

Our studio gets the proposition, ‘’How would you guys feel about remastering CTR?’’. I remember pausing for a second. And then I blurted out: ‘’You’re kidding, right?’’ I felt a sudden rush of adrenaline. That tingling feeling of joy and excitement spreading through your whole body. Throughout the discussions, I remember telling myself: ‘’Please, please, oh please, let this project become real.’’ And here we are! The game we were so eager to reveal to the world has been announced. No turning back now! We’re going full throttle towards June 21st and we’re so excited to show you what we have in store!

Full blog here

Get ready to go fur-throttle with Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Dec. 6, 2018 – Crash is back again, and this time he’s revved up to the max in Crash™ Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, an authentic Crash Team Racing experience that’s been remastered in stunning HD and so much more. Power-sliding into players’ hands on June 21st, 2019, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled also brings fans online multiplayer racing. Get ready to start your engines as the game will be available for the PlayStation® 4, PlayStation® 4 Pro, Nintendo Switch™, and the family of Xbox One devices from Microsoft, including the Xbox One X.

Developed by Beenox and published by Activision, a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is built from the ground up and remasters the original Crash™ racing game by bringing the characters, karts, tracks and arenas to modern console HD graphics. Fans will be able to see Crash and friends’ expressions and antics in beautiful detail as they blast each other with power-ups and whiz around the corners in all the original racetracks. The stakes are high and the competition is fierce as players race with a variety of Crash Bandicoot™ series characters, including Crash, Coco, Dr. Neo Cortex and others against the egomaniacal Nitros Oxide to save our planet from destruction. In the new game, Adventure, Arcade Single Race and Cup Race, Time Trials and Battle Mode are back. Play Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled single player or vs. friends both online and offline.

“The love that fans have for Crash Team Racing goes beyond just a fun kart racing game, and we’re excited to finally show fans what we’ve been working on to celebrate its 20th anniversary,” said Thomas Wilson, Co-Studio Head at Beenox. “Not only are we revamping Crash Team Racing from the kart up in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, we are giving fans a whole lot more including all the characters and tracks they love, with tons of added animations and personality that the original platform just couldn’t convey. We can’t wait to see fans go head-to-head as they test their Crash kart racing mettle in online multiplayer.”

Players who want to kick their Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled into the highest gear can pre-order the Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled - Nitros Oxide Edition. In the digital deluxe edition, the self-proclaimed fastest racer in the galaxy, Nitros Oxide will be a playable character from day one in all game modes. Players will also receive the full Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled game, Oxide’s Hovercraft kart, space-themed character skins for Crash, Coco, Cortex, and much more. Players who do not purchase the Nitros Oxide Edition can earn the Nitros Oxide character and Oxide’s Hovercraft kart by completing some of the fiercest challenges in the Adventure Mode.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled and the Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled - Nitros Oxide Edition are available for pre-order starting today. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled - Nitros Oxide Edition will be available for the suggested retail price of $59.99. Watch the official trailer here. More information about Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled can be found at www.crashbandicoot.com. Fans are also invited to follow Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, as well as subscribe to the YouTube channel at YouTube.com/crashbandicoot.

Chinese patch announced for Diablo III: Eternal Collection

Chinese Diablo III: Eternal Collection fans rejoice. A Chinese patch has been announced for the game, which will add Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese support for the game. No official release date has been given for the patch, but we'll let you know when it goes live.

Target selling Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy PowerA Wired Controller bundle

Your favorite marsupial, Crash Bandicoot, is back! He's enhanced, entranced & ready-to-dance with the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Game & Controller Bundle for the Nintendo Switch. Includes the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy game collection and themed PowerA Wired Controller. This controller lets you spin, jump, and wump in style as you take on the epic challenges and adventures through the three Crash games that started it all, Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped.

Highlights

Includes the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy game collection and a themed PowerA Wired Controller, both for the Nintendo Switch

Includes fully remastered versions of the three Crash games that started it all, Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot Warped

Features of this PowerA Wired Controller include unique Crash Bandicoot design elements, a comfortable shape, and lightweight construction

Grab yours here (thanks JPSwitchMania!)

Skylanders Academy: Season 3 - trailer

Returning September 28th, the Skylanders are faced with their greatest challenge ever! With Spyro turned evil at the hands of uber-villain Strykore, it will take all of the Skylanders uniting together to help Spyro remember the true hero he really is and restore peace to the realm.

First 4 Figures releasing Spyro 8" PVC Painted Statue

Even before we launched our Spyro resin statue on 18 July 2017, there already was a cry for a PVC version of Spyro the Dragon. A resounding 1,105 people petitioned for one. If the resin version turned out for the better, then First 4 Figures' Alex Davis would have looked into acquiring the license for the PVC version. Although TT Poll #22 for Spyro the Dragon only had 438 Yes votes, to our astonishment, our Spyro resin statue was a massive success. The edition size of the Exclusive version hit 1,300 pieces worldwide! To express our utmost gratitude, we decided to give back by upgrading the design of the gem box that comes with the Exclusive version.

Check out the full announcement here

Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII dev has a good laugh at the idea of the game coming to Switch


Game Informer sat down with Treyarch's design director David Vonderhaar for a rapid-fire interview. During the interview, Vonderhaar is asked whether Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII could come to Switch. After a very hearty laugh, Vonderhaar says that he, "just makes the shoes." In other words, it's not Vonderhaar's decision. Still, he finds the idea of the game coming to Switch pretty laughable.

We have reached out to Mr. Vonderhaar for comment/clarification on his statement.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy dated for Japan

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is going to see release in Japan on Oct. 18th, 2018. SEGA will be handling the publishing duties for the Switch. This will be “Bonus Edition,” which includes the “Future Tense” bonus stage for Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy website lists Switch version

Just as with the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, many believe that Spyro Reignited Trilogy is coming to Switch. I mean, one of Nintendo's own websites had a full page for the game! Now the latest bit of info that points to a potential release comes from the game's official website. Some versions of the Spyro Reignited Trilogy site list the Switch as a preorder option for the game, which is about as official as you can get. Obviously Activision hasn't confirmed a Switch version yet, but I'd say it's a done deal at this point.

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

UK software sales analysis for the week ending July 14th, 2018 - Details on Crash Bandicoot, LEGO The Incredibles, Octopath Traveler, and Captain Toad

We've already shared the Top 20 software sales for the UK during the week ending July 14th, 2018, but now we have some specific insight into the top titles. The top of the charts featured games that were very close to one another in terms of total sales, and Octopath Traveler's performance was actually the strongest when you consider revenue made.

Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy

- No. 1 in UK for the third week
- Xbox One version is performing marginally better than the Switch version
- this is something very specific to the UK market, with the Switch edition performing strongest across EMEA

LEGO The Incredibles

- No. 2 debut
- comes in below last year's LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 but ahead of LEGO Ninjago: The Movie
- 46% of sales came on PS4, 30% on Xbox One and 23% on Switch

Octopath Traveler

- No. 3 debut
- almost double the debut sales of Bravely Default
- more than double Bravely Second debut sales
- if charts were by revenue, Octopath Traveler is No.1 due to its higher price tag
- No. 1 single-platform title for the week

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

- No. 4 debut
- Switch version accounted for 93% of the sales, while the 3DS version accounted for 7%
- opening week sales were 40% lower than what the Wii U version managed