Per Gematsu discovery, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time has leaked for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One via the Taiwan Digital Game Rating Committee. The publisher is of course Activision, and the developer is Toys for Bob, who developed Spyro Reignited Trilogy. Notably, a listing for the game on Nintendo Switch was absent. According to industry insider Daniel Ahmad, that may not be an oversight.
Crash Bandicoot 4 could possibly skip Nintendo Switch release
On Twitter, Ahmad has stated that Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time was — and technically still is — intended to be revealed at the June 22 Summer Game Fest showcase. He also added, “No Switch version is correct btw,” implying that no such version of the game is in development, or at least that there are no plans for a Switch port to occur in the near future.
No switch version is correct btw
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) June 19, 2020
This is a disappointing development provided this report pans out — and it likely will. On the bright side, we have a short description from the Taiwan leak about what Crash Bandicoot 4 will be about:
“Crash is relaxing and exploring his island in his time, 1998, when he finds a mysterious mask hidden away in a cave, Lani-Loli. The mask is one of the Quantum Masks and apparently knows Aku-Aku, Crash’s mask friend! With the Quantum Masks returning and a Quantum Rift appearing near our heroes, they decide to bravely head through to different times and dimensions to stop whoever is responsible.”
Thus, as one would expect, the It’s About Time subtitle has meaning beyond poking fun at how long it’s been since we got a new entry in the franchise. It’s bold of Toys for Bob and Activision to essentially disregard all the non-racing Crash games after 1998’s Warped though. You could cynically say it’s an attempt to cash in on nostalgia, but you could more optimistically interpret it as a declaration that this game will live up to the pedigree of the original trilogy.