The worst kept secret in the past few days is finally out, we are getting a remastered version of the much-loved PlayStation 1 classic, Crash Team Racing.
This brand-new remake will be launching on the 21st June 2019, ready for the 20th anniversary of the game. However, like previous remakes of our favourite PlayStation classics, the game has a brand-new title – Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled.
So, where did these ‘rumours’ stem from? Well, a couple of days before this week’ highly anticipated Game Awards, PlayStation Access Channel Manager Hollie Bennett tweeted:
@HollieB: So….uh….these just arrived at my house. Any ideas?.
The picture included on the tweet was of two orange fluffy dice, well known for their inclusion in Crash Team Racing, with a note saying: “Sliding into the Game Awards on 6/12… – Anonymous”. Everyone pretty much knew from there we would be getting a remastered version of Team Racing, and the hype was real in the build up to the Game Awards.
What can we expect from Nitro-Fueled? The team at Activision has said that it is going to be a “built from the ground up” build of the PS1 original. We will be getting all the same characters, like Crash and his sister Coco, as well as the old modes from the original game like the adventure mode and time trials. The main difference in how the two games will differ, other than graphics, is that you will be able to play Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled online. Of course, this is something you’d expect from a game released in 2019, but is a real big selling point.
Beenox has developed the HD upgrade to the graphics on the game and in the picture comparisons from the old version to the new, there is a noticeable improvement to the graphics, with Nitro-Fueled looking clean and sleek, just like the previous Crash remakes.
However, these aren’t the only PlayStation 1 remakes we have been blessed with in the past couple of years. We had Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy last year, which was a remake of the three original Crash games for the PS1. Last month, we had the release of the Spyro Reignited Trilogy, which was the remake of the original three Spyro games for PS1 too. Due to the popularity of the original games, this creates a big market for the remastered releases we are now seeing.
With the Spyro Reignited Trilogy, it was released around the same time as Hitman 2 and Fallout 76, which are two huge titles. Spyro however topped the physical sales of these two games, even though this was a game that had already been released for PlayStation 1, which backs up the popularity for old favourites, and will surely be pushing other game developers to follow suit.
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled will be available for purchase from June 21st, 2019 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.