After the successful release of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Activision is here to remaster another classic version of the crash title. The popular kart racing game comes nearly twenty years since the first release of the Crash Team Racing game, originally released for PlayStation in 1999. Even though the Mario Kart series is one of the highly popular among the kart racing games and has dominated the scene for about two decades, the Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is surely going to be a tough competitor. The remastered version of the game has already been confirmed by Activision and is set for release in June 2019.
During an early trailer in December in the Game Awards, we have already seen Crash and the team getting on to the racing track and the return of all the familiar faces. After this debut trailer, the Creative Director of Beenox, Thomas Wilson gave us further details related to the game such as the implementation of online competitive play and the return of couch co-op. The release of the Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled marks the twenty-year anniversary of the original PlayStation game.
What is the game?
Originally developed by Naughty Dog, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a kart racer game comprising the characters bundled from the Crash Bandicoot series. The boss, Nitros Oxide is the evil character and the self-proclaimed fastest racer in the galaxy planning to turn the world of Crash into a parking lot of concrete. The only way to save the world of Crash and his team is to beat the boss in his own game. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled has a constructive plotline as well. However, Beenox has now taken the reins from Naughty Dog for remastering the game and the studio is well known for the development of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered.
The Crash Bandicoot themed racing game shows how the evil Nitros Oxide is prevented from destroying the planet through racing. The adventure mode witnesses racing on different tracks to win many gems, trophies, boss keys, relics, and CTR tokens, thereby allowing you to unlock new tracks to put Oxide down. As it is quite clear that it is not a normal racing game, you can use special abilities such as power slides, rockets, and speed boosts. The tracks, on the other hand, include temples, snowy mountains, and the sewer pipes all of which are influenced by the Crash Bandicoot levels. Besides the single-player Adventure mode, you will come across Arcade, Versus, Time Trial, and the Battle modes.
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled release date
The remastered game Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled is slated to hit the stores on June 21, 2019, but the game is going to maintain the mechanics of the original. According to Thomas Wilson of Beenox “Whatever improvements or bells and whistles we were going to add, we needed to be authentic to the inspiration of the original experience”. He goes on to say, “Fans will see this attention to detail shine through in every part of the game from the camera work, to the characters’ quirky animations, to the lush environments you’re racing in.”
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled gameplay
The Creative Director at Beenox, Thomas Wilson has already expressed that authenticity is the primary essence of the game and you can expect something that delivers a similar experience like the original. The five game modes featured in the original racing game of 1999 is set to make a comeback, namely, Time Trial, Adventure, Arcade, Battle, and Versus. However, these modes are going to make a comeback in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled with minor tweaks and one among them is the introduction of the online multiplayer. According to Wilson “Playing split screen is a lot of fun, but racing online is awesome!” After all, what good is a remaster if the experience isn’t modernized a bit? If online multiplayer isn’t your thing, you’ll be happy to know that it still offers local 4-player split screen”.
Despite the minor alterations that the developer has introduced in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, it still retains the authentic feel of the racing game. From the release of the official screenshots of the game, it appears that crates are set to return, which implies that you will be able to access a varied range of weapons and power-ups and get all the advantage when you are on the track. As a matter of fact, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is going to include everything from the original such as the power-ups, modes, tracks, and characters with a number of features thrown in. According to Beenox, more have been added to the remastered version, such as new karts and tracks along with the ability to customize your kart.
Some of the confirmed characters of Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled are
- Crash Bandicoot
- Coco Bandicoot
- Nitros Oxide
- Doctor Neo Cortex
- Tiny Tiger
- N. Gin
- Ripper Roo
- Komodo Joe
Crash Team Racing Nitro-fueled graphics
The developer Beenox has also confirmed that Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is going to run at 4K on Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro and presumably the Xbox One and standard PS4 is going to run at 1080p.
It is hard to guess the frame rate at this point. For instance, the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy runs at 30 FPS on consoles, but the PC supports 60 FPS. We will have to wait and watch how well the developer is able to optimize the game.
Design of CTR Nitro-Fueled
As far as the designing aspects of the game is concerned, Wilson has clearly established that CTR Nitro-Fueled is going to be brimming with a personality from the character and the environmental standpoint. Right from camera work to every aspect of the game, the fans are going to enjoy the attention to detail. Moreover, the magical animation to the opulent environments of racing, you will love every aspect thoroughly.
Things to know
CTR Nitro-fueled is not just the old game with a fresh coat applied by Beenox, but the new character animations along with the finest details meant for the HD screen make it genuinely appreciable. The game comes with all kinds of nuances and while many people tend to overlook them, the new features and characters amalgamate to create a richer and brighter version of the original kart racing game.