Earlier this year, Activision released a remaster of the beloved Crash Team Racing. Now subtitled Nitro-Fueled, it’s another example of a remaster done right.
“As we got with Crash Bandicoot and Spyro’s recent remakes, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a loving remake of the PlayStation’s best kart racer. It’s still as fun to play today as it was twenty years ago.”
One of the most surprising things about the game was its economy. There’s a store, where you’re able to buy skins, carts and digital accoutrement. Given it’s a game that was released in 2019, that’s not surprising. What was surprising was the fact that you could only earn money for that store by racing, like in the good old days. The game had zero real-money microtransactions. I say had, because it looks like they’ve been snuck in in the game’s latest update.
As part of the latest update, the game is getting a Back in Time Grand Prix, which includes a shiny new dinosaur-themed level. The whole affair includes karts, characters, items, the aforementioned track which will offer “Jurassic-sized flora, violent geysers bursting from the ground, caves with mysterious wall-paintings, and of course, giant dinosaurs roaming the land”.
It’ll also introduce real-life microtransactions, despite promises from the developers before release that the game would be free of them. While it doesn’t make that much of a difference to the game, sneaking them in a few months after release is what we like to call, in technical parlance, a bit of a dick move. For starters, because the US’s games rating agency mandates that games that have microtransactions say so on the physical game boxes, Crash Team Racing is on shelves without one, despite now having them – and that’s a little misleading.
Thankfully, future prints of the game will have the requisite labelling, as Techraptor confirmed with the ESRB.
“After adding In-Game Purchases to Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, Activision will include the In-Game Purchases notice on all future prints of the game. We do not require stickering in these scenarios. In the meantime, we have already updated the ESRB rating for Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled on esrb.org.”
That all said, I think this is a tactic we can probably expect more of.
Last Updated: July 31, 2019