Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Bad, you say? Smart move, the good news can be a little pick-me-up afterward. Okay. The bad news is that Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled will soon have microtransactions, with an update to the title scheduled for Aug. 2 splicing in the option for players to buy Wumpa Coins with real money.
As the Activision blog explained, “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 able to purchase additional coins if they choose.”
Activision describes this as “a way for players to fast-track their Wumpa Coin collection if they like.” A more cynical onlooker might suggest that the company is looking to make cash from a family-friendly game, and it’s hard not to think of that old chestnut of kids having access to their parents’ credit cards.
And now, onto the good news: Activision has also announced that a new track, titled Prehistoric Playground, will be added to the game in the Aug. 2 update.
“Behold the wonder of Prehistoric Playground!” the blog said. “The new track for the Back N. Time Grand Prix will immerse racers in an epic world with Jurassic-sized flora, violent geysers bursting from the ground, caves with mysterious wall-paintings, and of course, giant dinosaurs roaming the land. There are also some other, strangely familiar, characters throughout – let’s just say that Fake Crash would feel very comfortable in this Prehistoric world home to an ancient tribe that bears a striking resemblance….”
The “Back N Time Grand Prix” event starts in the game on Aug. 2, too. More on all this as we learn it.
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