It seems that nostalgia for PS 1 games is strong since after Spyro Reignited Trilogy we are about to get another one of this consoles hits remastered. Namely, Activision is preparing to bring back the iconic game Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled which marked the 32-bit era. First announced at The Game Awards 2018, this title will be a remake of the kart racer game which was originally developed by Naughty Dog. However, the new version is being developed by Beenox and will come to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled will bring back to life one of the cult games of the kart racing genre. For those who encounter the title for the first time, this was a game from 1999 which was highly praised by critics and players all around the world. The story was about a team which must win the race against Nitros Oxide and saves the planet.
The 2019 version will bring HD into the world of Crash Team Racing as well as modern look. However, the developer promises that the game won’t lose its charm since the players will still race along the narrow tracks and fire weapons, just like in the original. All the characters and tracks will be back but the game will also introduce new characters, online gameplay and customization options, as well as improved co-op features.
“I was a big fan of the Crash series, so you can imagine that I thought it was super exciting to come back to this,” said Beenox Studio Head Thomas Wilson. “I would definitely say that Crash Team Racing deserved to be remastered, and I think that that’s what makes it so exciting when you’re thinking about it. It’s been 20 years, so we’ll be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Crash Team Racing when Nitro-Fueled comes out, which I think is the best moment to release it.”
Upon release, the game will be $40 while Nitros Oxide Edition will go for $60. The latter will unlock the main antagonist Nitros Oxide and his kart as addition to the game, while those who buy only the standard edition will have to go through a normal progression in order to do so. Additionally, it will feature more skins for characters and karts like Crash, Cortex, and others.
“We put our heart and soul into making these games. And for me, it’s not just a remaster, it needs to be a true love letter to what Crash Team Racing was,” explained Wilson. “What I mean by that is with so much improvement that’s coming with the Nitro-Fueled, by having the upgraded graphics, upgraded animations, and upgraded visual fidelity, we’ll also bring it online for everybody as well, and that’s what makes me so excited.”
Amazingly looking Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled will be launched on June 21, 2019, and fans can expect more content and info on this remake in the upcoming month as the release date nears by.