Cancelled Crash Team Racing Game Looks Immensely Fun
Oh. My. God.
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I feel like a 7 year old again. The Crash Bandicoot games were my first gaming crush. I adored them but I also enjoyed racing games so you can imagine my unbridled glee at the existence of Crash Team Racing.
To date, it is still some of the best fun I’ve had on four wheels in a game and yes I have played it recently so this isn’t simply nostalgia talking.
On to current affairs.
It turns out there was a planned reboot of Crash Team Racing in 2010 which would launch alongside another canceled game titled Crash Landed. They were intended to be follow-ups to 2008’s Crash: Mind Over Mutant.
Now, anything Crash-related post-PS1 era has failed to take the series anywhere nor has rekindled that special essence the original naughty Dog games had. Unfortunately the IP is still owned by Activision so it’s up to them what happens with the franchise if anything. Perhaps we’ll see a generic third-person shooter with a Crash theme to it.
Crash Bandicoot fan site Crash Mania posted the video above online and from what is shown, this build of the game was a little rough and certainly nothing special to look at but it looks immensely fun and full of character. It might have given the likes of ModNation Racers a run for its money.
The video features four characters, one race track, and shows off the ability to customize your kart with different animal-themed engines and wheels. Each character seems to have distinct powers and attacks such as Dingodile’s flamethrower or Crash’s trademark spin.
Perhaps what sets this game apart from the other Crash detritus is that its developer, High Impact Games, is a studio composed mostly of ex-members of Naughty Dog (the creators of Crash Bandicoot) and Insomniac Games (creators of Spyro).
Head over the Crash Mania for more details. I’m going to sit in a corner and lament the loss of what might have been a good Crash Bandicoot game.