Here's a small tidbit: Although I cannot post the full URLs due to potential issues arising, you can now know who's assisting Vicarious Visions in development: Beenox.
They apparently found the blog and my stats catched referrers of "Octane Leak Task Force" under the key "CTRR"
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If a pair of fuzzy dice and a brief note are anything to go off of, it appears CTR: Crash Team Racing is primed for a reveal at The Game Awards 2018.
Update 10: Press Start’s Shannon Grixti just recently received them too. Even Fan Fest got the Fluffly Orange Dice as well, see their article on it.
Update 5: PlayStation Lifestyle’s Chandler Wood just posted the fluffy dice, things are heating up. They also note the same theory as IGN’s own in their own article:
When I got my own set of fuzzy orange dice, I noticed that one of them had missing dots. “Probably just a poor glue job,” I thought to myself, halfheartedly looking through the box for them before deciding to snap a quick picture, post it on Twitter, and get back to work. It wasn’t until I started noticing other outlets posting their own pictures of the dice that the missing dots caught my eye (Fun fact: These dots are called “pips.”).
In every picture I have found of them, the die with the missing dots seems to always just have the “6” side full, with everything else blank. The other die has the full pips on every side. This means that there are six pips on one die, and 21 dots on the other. 6/21. June 21. Okay, so that could just be a massive coincidence, right? Actually, it might not be.
One of the die only has a six on it, while the other has the standard one-six. Combined, it adds up to a six and a 21, perhaps hinting at a Friday, June 21 release date.
So, what a wild week so far. We’ve gotten a suspicious 4chan post earlier on Saturday, some notable personalities in Australia have just received Crashmas Cookies promoting N. Sane Trilogy (Post #1, Post #2) and now several outlets primarily in Europe (PlayStation Access, Inside PlayStation) are receiving a cryptic tease in the form of a postcard by “Anonymous” (Windows Central’s report notes that it was sent by “N. O., thinking it stands for Nitrous Oxide, noting that the address also seemingly coming from Activision, hence why they got asked not long ago) and fluffy dice cubes (perhaps harkening to this CNK commercial).
Although we can’t be sure of the codename considered for the game since details are scarce and Canadian Guy Eh thinks its “Project Screwdriver” from SAG-AFTRA (I think its more likely to be “Lotus”, given the nature of Activision’s naming scheme of projects and the Falcon codename for Spyro and other educated guesses).
Previously, we made a somewhat unsure prediction that Crash Bandicoot would appear at The Game Awards since PSX 2018 is a no-go (admittedly, we did say that Crash could appear at PSX 2018 before news of the event being cancelled), Activision’s cycle seems focused on 6 months ahead of release for reveals and marketing and the fact that Spyro has a somewhat different cycle than Crash, regardless of being a single entity. At the same time, its somewhat unsure since many have speculated that a spring announcement is more likely due to the nature of the policy that Activision uses, akin to Spyro’s March/April announcement and past Crash games.
Anywho, now that the picture’s getting clearer, let’s have a little poll. Do you think it will happen this upcoming Thursday or should we temper our expectations?
If this is legit, then oh boy…
Here’s a word of warning regarding this anonymous post from 4chan (/v/), this post is likely fake and bogus for very good reasons, hence the disclaimer title and image, but the reason why this is getting published here in the first place is that some things sound plausible and perhaps possible after a series of speculation, interviews and theories (do not take the 4chan post as a fact).
Here’s what the post tells us about the remake of Crash Team Racing:
Title: Crash fans in for a pleasant surprise December 6th
- More or less a complete remake of CTR
- Developed by Vicarious Visions
- Following success of N.Sane Trilogy and Spyro Reignited, expect high production values. If you were disappointed by how low budget N. Sane felt, you can rest easy.
- Character models are quite similar to N. Sane but also they more strongly resemble the original Naughty Dog designs.
- Josh Mancell will be returning to help remaster the OST this time and like Spyro Reignited, there will be an option to listen to the original soundtrack.
- Q3 2019
Personally speaking, I’m kinda anxious and curious about an announcement on December 6 with the advent of The Game Awards but I feel like it is not likely as its more like an E3 announcement (Sony is not going to be there at all in 2019, the E3 reveal could still be at another conference or other means of announcement) in June or a pre-E3 announcement (February – April).
Source: 4chan (Fireden Archive), via Reddit
I really wanted to get this one out before Spyro was released but I failed miserably. I know the structure of this one is a little strange, couldn’t decide if I wanted to do a retelling of Crash’s rise and fall (and rise again) or if I wanted to focus on what the future is likely to hold for Crash in 2019, 2020 and beyond… so in the end I did both!
Thanks for watching, hope you enjoy. How did you guys enjoy the Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy? How have you found the Spyro Reignited Trilogy too? Do you think we could see a Crash 4? A Crash Team Racing game? A Crash and Spryo crossover game? Let me know what you think!