Popular Online Content Creators/Influencers receive a little Santa Hat with Crash Bandicoot for Christmas earlier today


Oh boy, it’s that time of the year again. Activision sending out random influencers things out of nowhere, and even at one point led to last year’s Furry Dice teasing of Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled’s announcement in The Game Awards.

Earlier today, some popular online content creators (influencers) have posted images on both Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #Crash_Partner and #CrashOnTheShelf, while on the same day, Sony announced State of Play for Tuesday, December 10, which broadcasts at 9am EST (6am PST) and I suspect that even if we don’t get the new game’s reveal there, we could still get some sort of Grand Prix reveal or something.

Said influencers were sent a limited selection of random Crash merchandise figure by Activision (Funko Pop Crash, Incense Burner Kart, F4F Crash PVC), alongside a mini Santa hat to celebrate Christmas. Now, why would you want to know about this? Well, the reason that we’re talking about this is that the #Crash_Partner hashtag is usually used when Activision sponsors an individual or outlet to promote certain games, even teasing them as well in some cases. Here’s a list of all the posts so far as of this writing:

  • Sonja Reid (OMGITSFIREFOXX) on TwitterInstagram, using the following hashtag(s): #Crash_Partner, #CrashOnTheShelf, #CTR. Located on the top left of the 6-image grid.
  • Adam Waheed (ItsAdamW) on TwitterInstagram, using the following hashtag(s): #Crash_Partner, #CrashTeamRacing. Located on the bottom right of the 6-image grid.
  • Thomas Sanders (ThomasSanders) on Instagram, using the following hashtag(s): #Crash_Partner, #CrashOnTheShelf, #CrashBandicoot, #CrashTeamRacing, #CTR. Located on the top right of the 6-image grid.
  • Alanah Pearce (Charalanahzard) on TwitterInstagram, using the following hashtag(s): #CrashOnTheShelf, #CrashTeamRacing, #CTR. Located on the top centre of the 6-image grid.
  • Harley Morenestein (HarleyPlays) on TwitterInstagram, using the following hashtag(s): #Crash_Partner, #CrashOnTheShelf, #CrashTeamRacing. Located on the left side of the article banner.
  • Cody Ko (codyko) on Instagram, using the following hashtag(s): #Crash_Partner, #CrashOnTheShelf, #CTR. Located on the bottom centre of the 6-image grid.
  • Zane Hijazi (zane) on Instagram, using the following hashtag(s): #Crash_Partner, #CrashBandicoot. Located on the bottom left of the 6-image grid.

This is also intentionally well-timed in proximity with Sony’s recent announcement of State of Play on December 10, and the upcoming Game Awards 2019 on December 12.

Now, all of this could be nothing at the end, but there’s good reason to believe in it, after the hints, speculation, leaks and rumours that we’ve been seeing surrounding the new game, not to mention the monthly Grand Prix seasonal events for Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled ending on a Saturday, revealed on a Wednesday and released on a Friday.

Pretty consistent cycle, right?

There’re good reasons to believe that this is just the beginning of the teasing for the new Grand Prix and/or new game, but there’s also another reason to not believe in it, because it might end up being nothing in the end. We’ll see next week, fingers crossed.

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[SPOILERS!] MisterBo: What We Know About Winter Festival + A New Crash Reveal Next Week? (Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled)


WARNING: This article contains huge spoilers from a patch datamine gathered by BetaM, if you don’t want to be spoiled, then please, do not click on the image link. Also, since this isn’t confirmed despite being a leak, has been categorized as a “rumour” in the blog’s categories due to ongoing changes throughout upcoming and unannounced seasons.

We don’t officially know a lot about the next Grand Prix season in Crash team Racing Nitro-Fueled except its called the Winter Festival and will feature a new track ‘Gingerbread Joyride’ and a new character to the crash franchise. However we actually know a lot more thanks to previous Grand Prix and thanks to a recent data mine.

In this video I’ll be going over everything we know about the Winter Festival Grand Prix, what we know about what comes next and whether or not we might get a new Crash game revealed next week at the State of Play of Game Awards 2019.

Quickie: How’s everything stacking up for the rumoured new Crash Bandicoot game so far (with spoilers)


EDIT: Forgot to add that Komo on ResetERA said that a generic placeholder for the new game was added recently, although they remarked that they will “add anything” to the database, even if its just rumours, as well as “a dozen other games that have never been announced”.

It’s coming, approaching, I can feel it, do you? I certainly do, and some of us have seen it coming and some even say that it is pretty obvious. But, it doesn’t take away from the excitement that is potentially the increasing possibility of finally getting the 8th mainline console game in what has been more than 10 years since the release of the last title, Crash Mind Over Mutant.

A lot has changed ever since, and with the resounding success of this revival, it was only a matter of time before we come in full circle to this point of time. Please note that the last section contains spoilers from a potentially reliable source for this last rumour for details about the new game, so avoid if you want to black out of spoiling the fun. Anyways, let’s get straight to the chase, because things have gotten interesting since last night:

  • Judging from career job listings for an “unannounced project“, that the company has been working on this game at least for some time (I assume). The studio hasn’t released a standalone video game that is not tied to another studio, which happens to be “Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy”. Their last major project involving the production collaboration with another studio was with Bungie’s Destiny 2 expansion “Season of Opulence” which was wrapped up after the split on February 13, 2019.
  • In a recent livestream, Andrew Carl said that the Alchemy Engine is still being used at the studio for prototypes and game jams, despite what speculation led up in response to the 2016 Instagram picture “Farewell Alchemy” by Benny Raymond. There’s a chance that next game will run on Unreal Engine.
  • There’s a good chance that like last year and PSX 2016’s reveal, we could get the new game announced there on December 12, and if you want to vote on the 2019 nominees, you can show your support for Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled as the Best Sports/Racing games against FIFA 20, DiRT Rally 2.0, eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 and F1 2019.
  • The “5-year plan” mention in the GB Eye blurb spread in early 2018 aligns well with the timing of the new game, as well as the continued support and content for CTR: Nitro-Fueled
  • Activision has recently talked about the opportunity of going beyond remakes for Crash and Spyro with “new content”, leading to the belief that they are indeed indicating a new game and this is true, because Activision usually hints at new game developments or interest in new projects in this fashion. This could also indicate the recent content push done in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled with the addition of Grand Prix seasonal updates. Additionally, they also hinted at Spyro’s comeback by releasing new merchandise to places like Hot Topic and First 4 Figures.
  • Toys for Bob’s case is fascinating here, as there has been a leak of concept art pieces featuring Cortex, Dingodile, N. Tropy, N. Gin, and monster N. Brio and other pieces showcasing other characters and one environment concept, it seems. Nicholas Kole has been cheeky about it and nor Activision or Toys for Bob have commented or made a statement about it.
  • It is also possible that a recent image they posted about “Creative Ops” pitch at DigiPen Institute (also on Twitter) might reveal a wider test level that’s blurred with what might be Crash in the orange bits, alongside platforms and other objects. The text reveals that this is an “innovation” pitch aimed to demonstrate the main idea of the prototype shown, with it being small, focused, quick and dirty. It is also possible that this is something entirely different, we’ll see what could end up here.
  • The most interesting bit comes from the new PlayStation “It’s Time to Play” commercial by Sony, where we can see the Mask following the trio while they’re racing in their karts. And there’s been a new render on bus adverts (Double-decker) featuring a modified model with more shaped mouth and eyes. Nicholas yet again does the thing where he teases us about it.

That’s all for now. If there’s any info that’s missing or incorrect, please let me know ASAP.

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[TWEETS] RUMOUR (spoilers?): ViewerAnon reveals new information about the new Crash Bandicoot game


Canadian Guy Eh: All Games are FINALLY on One Disc (Spyro Reignited Trilogy)


Spyro Reignited Trilogy had an issue with all of it’s games being on one disc. However, it seems that All Games are FINALLY on One Disc!

Author’s comment: I’ll see if I can check about this whenever I can. If you recently purchased a new physical copy, did you encounter the new reprint? Let me know in the comments!

[RUMOUR/SPOILERS!] VTNVIVI: Spyro Reignited Trilogy Full Game On Disc Reported! Crash Nitro-Fueled Grand Prix Season 6 Datamined (Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled)


WARNING: This article contains huge spoilers from a patch datamine gathered by BetaM, if you don’t want to be spoiled, then please, do not click on the image link. Also, since this isn’t confirmed despite being a leak, has been categorized as a “rumour” in the blog’s categories due to ongoing changes throughout upcoming and unannounced seasons.

Multiple reports on Spyro Reignited Trilogy getting re-printed have surfaced! Updated copies of Reignited have started popping up at certain gaming outlets. These updated copies feature the game in FULL, a download is no longer required.

In other news, BetaM has yet again dug up information on December’s Grand Prix. Spoilers ahead!