Crash Team Racing gets cosmetic microtransactions in August

What you need to know

  • Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a remaster of the original.
  • The game features gorgeous visuals similar to Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.
  • In early August, cosmetic microtransctions will be added to the game.
  • You can purchase Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled for $40 on the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab).

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled recently launched on Xbox One and other platforms. According to Activision, the game is built from the ground up and remasters the original Crash Team Racing game by bringing the characters, karts, tracks, and arenas to modern console graphics.

Customization plays a major part in Crash Team Racing, and there are a lot more karts and skins coming to the game relatively soon. However, with this boost to customization, cosmetic microtransactions are also being added to the title. According to Activision's post, the cosmetic items can be acquired by buying Wumpa Coins.

The Pit Stop will be stocked with new and returning characters and cosmetic items, which players can unlock using Wumpa Coins. With all this content available, there will also now be a way for players to fast-track their Wumpa Coin collection if they like. Starting in early August, players will have the option to purchase Wumpa Coin bundles from their game console stores to supplement the Coins they earn by playing. This option won't change the game's core mechanics – players will still earn Wumpa Coins by playing the game in any mode, just as before. They will just be able to purchase additional coins if they choose.

The microtransactions will probably be added on August 2 when the Back N. Time Grand Prix event starts. Let's hope that the price of the skins doesn't increase because gamers will be forced to buy Wumpa Coins. However, only time will tell. We'll find out more next month.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is available for $40 on the Microsoft Store. There's a $60 Nitros Oxide Edition which comes with a lot of cosmetic items. The game is also Xbox One X Enhanced, but only runs at 1440p on the system. Unfortunately, it also runs at 30 frames per second just like the original, and there isn't a way to choose between resolution and performance.

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4 Comments
  • Figures. Thanks Activision.
  • Cosmetic is ok.
  • Totally disagree. What they did is unacceptable for gaming.
    But I'm not really surprised you're fine with it...
  • F*** off Activision for bringing bs microtransaction in the remaster of an old game after it launched.
    Putting microtransactions after launch in a full price game is already bad but what's worst is that they actually told gamers that there won't be any just before release. After the reviews were out. After people bought the games thinking it wouldn't have the bs and are now invested in the game.
    https://screenrant.com/crash-team-racing-microtransactions-gameplay-pres... This is absolutely bs. They did something similar with COD Modern Warfare Remastered. They introduced microtransactions in an old game and added it after launch.
    https://www.trustedreviews.com/news/modern-warfare-remastered-adds-micro... Also they lied about a stand alone version of that game.
    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2016-05-03-you-cant-buy-call-of-duty-... The message is again a load of bs.
    This is NOT optional. Cosmetic items or not is still unacceptable for a full price game. Make a game grindy to entice people to spend money. Activision is one of the worst publisher around and this just proves it once again.
    This is a proof that Activision should NEVER be trusted EVER again. People who don't want grindy microtransactions should NEVER buy their games at launch even if that game is a remaster of an old game that never had microtransaction.