Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time (in Japan: クラッシュ・バンディクー4 とんでもマルチバース, Crash Bandicoot 4: Unexpected Multiverse) is the eight mainline title in the Crash Bandicoot series.
The game was first properly teased on the 18th of June 2020, where several video game news reporters were sent jigsaw puzzles that revealed a new, mysterious mask character.
The next day, the 19th of June, the Taiwan Digital Game Rating Committee filed a rating for the game, revealing its title, placeholder box art, and a short plot synopsis. Said box art also revealed the game's developer, Toys For Bob, as well as the game being slated for release on the PS4 and Xbox One. Four new masks can be seen on the artwork.
On June 21st, a live-action teaser featuring the 100% ending of Warped and the title of the game was unveiled through the official Crash Bandicoot social media channels. The announcement trailer came out on June 22nd, 4pm BST.
During Summer Games Fest, an official trailer was shown, showcasing new worlds and three new Quantum Masks, known as the Time Mask Kupuna-Wa, the Gravity Mask Ika-Ika, and a third mask unnamed at the time. Using Kupuna-Wa, the player will be able to slow time to a crawl, and using Ika-Ika, Crash or Coco can reverse gravity to manuever on ceilings and wall run.
Set after the events of Crash Bandicoot: Warped, the game's story begins with Dr. Cortex escaping from the time prison he, Uka Uka and N. Tropy were trapped in at the end of the third game. But in doing so, he rips a hole in the fabric of time and space.
Neo Cortex and N. Tropy are back at it again and launching an all-out assault on not just this universe, but the entire multiverse! Crash and Coco are here to save the day by reuniting the four quantum masks and bending the rules of reality.Official PlayStation Store description.
- The title is both a reference to the time taken since Mind Over Mutant, the last original Crash game, was released, and to the general narrative of the game.
- It's About Time will be the second game to be known as Crash 4, after Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex's Japanese release.
- ↑ https://www.gamespot.com/articles/mysterious-crash-bandicoot-teaser-puzzles-have-bee/1100-6478702/
- ↑ Crash Bandicoot's Tweet