Since its unveiling, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled became the talk of the town for mascot racers, rightfully earning glowing reception from marsupial diehards and critics alike. At face value, the game is a beloved remake of the original Crash Team Racing, juiced up to eleven with content from later Crash Bandicoot racing games with all the polish fans hope for a remake. Not all that glitters is gold, however; Activision just announced that microtransactions are coming to the game as of next month.
Crash and burn?
Nitro-Fueled bears an in-game “Pit Stop” shop where players can spend their Wumpa Coin earnings on cosmetics, karts, and new characters. As noted in our review, this feature came with an odd catch that only made sense now; players can only earn this in-game currency by connecting to the internet.
Some players deduced that the setup of slow earnings and highly priced items would pave the way for microtransactions in the near future, as is now the case. Activision confirmed on their blog that players can soon “fast-track their Wumpa Coin collection” via their console of choice’s digital storefronts. From there, the blog post stresses these optional purchases won’t affect core gameplay; players can still earn Wumpa Coins in-game as usual, but they can now pay to skip the slow grind of Wumpa winnings.
Unfortunately, this revelation conflicts with previous sentiments about Crash Team Racing‘s future. Back during E3, when ScreenRant played Nitro Fueled, Activision representatives then-confirmed that the game would avoid microtransactions. On top of critics and governments scrutinizing controversial microtransactions and loot boxes, this post-launch about-face is already not sitting well with fans of the game all over social media.
they waited till after the game came out and got super positive reviews to microtransaction the hell out of it. that's grimyhttps://t.co/eJ2UllUbc8
— Jonathan H. Gray (Back Down South) (@jongraywb) July 30, 2019
I'm much angrier at Activision right now compared to even last night. They just casually mentioned that microtransactions are going to be coming to Crash Team Racing. The Pit Stop already had tons of issues to being with and this makes it even worse. I am furious! 🙁
— Adorabear (@AWildAdorabear) July 30, 2019
Microtransactions coming to Crash Team Racing. Called it. There was no way Activision was gonna implement that in-game currency without monetizing it long after the reviews were published.
— Jim Sterling (@JimSterling) July 30, 2019
To note, this is not the first time the publisher retroactively added microtransactions to already released games. Last year, Activision added microtransactions to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 within weeks following its release; by then, the game had already launched to positive acclaim and $500 million in opening sales.
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