Activision is bringing back the Crash Bandicoot franchise with the first major installment in 20 years. Crash Bandicoot 4 arrives on PS4 and Xbox One on October 2 and ends the 20-year wait after 1998’s Crash Bandicoot: Warped, of which this is a sequel.
As part of GameSpot’s Play For All charity campaign, we caught up with producer Lou Studdert from developer Toys For Bob. In the interview, Studdert talks about the new art style of the game, new game mechanics like mask collecting and flex time, and new playable characters. You can play as Crash and Coco, while Studdert has said that maybe you could play as the evil Neo Cortex to give players the chance to see the story from a different perspective.
Also in the interview, Studdert talks about the new and expanded boss battles in Crash 4 and how the game uses a new engine to enable better graphics and gameplay features.
“It’s a dream come true for the studio,” Studdert said. “They’re fans of the franchise, but they’re also fans of what the original franchise was trying to build on. It’s that great animation story. It’s been a really fun thing for our studio. to push the animation techniques; to watch the old cartoons that Crash and those original games referred to. So to push the techniques, to push the emotional animation and the fluidity of the character models, our studio had a lot of fun to do. “
Studdert also spent time talking about Crash 4’s new level design, which incorporates “old-school” elements from previous games, but now with expanded views and greater reach thanks to the power of the new consoles. . Be sure to watch the full interview in the video above to hear everything Studdert had to say about Crash 4.
The new game sees Neo Cortex, Dr. N. Tropy, and Uka Uka finally escape their remote factory and return for another attempt at multiverse domination. Of course, you stand in their way and you will have access to four special quantum masks to “bend the rules of reality” itself and traverse difficult areas. These include the Time Mask (slows down time) and the Gravity Mask (lets you platform upside down).
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