If recent clues contained in a promotional package sent to influencers recently are any indication, we might see the next new Crash Bandicoot game at this year’s The Game Awards presentation.
As seen on Canadian Guy, Eh’s YouTube channel, Activision has been sending mysterious pizza boxes to certain content creators with the main intention of announcing that Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is coming to Steam soon on October 18th, 2022.
The pizza box, aside from containing a bunch of promotional junk for Crash 4, hides two messages on a fake receipt on its outer. The first is quite literal and announces the Steam release date via its itemised listing, but the second is a touch more vague. At the bottom of the box’s receipt, a call out says:
“Hungry for more? Try out new Wumpa Pizza for $12.08!”
The YouTuber is quick to point out that 12/08 is the (Americanised) date for Geoff Keighley’s The Game Awards show this year, leading him to believe that this is indeed when we’ll see the latest game officially unveiled. The use of “Wumpa” is also interesting as the most prevalent rumour around the traps is that a cancelled multiplayer mode for Crash 4 is being spun-off into a full game titled “Crash Bandicoot Wumpa League” that will reportedly be akin to a live service multiplayer collectathon game.
Back in June, Liam Robertson tweeted out some leaked concept art for the mode/game alongside some in-depth detail on what was being planned when it was still an additional component of Crash 4:
Seen enough now to believe that the long rumoured Crash Bandicoot multiplayer project has been rebooted (after getting shelved in 2020), so I wanted to share some art from it. As you can see… many characters were planned. Details on gameplay in this thread: https://t.co/ap4qVy3WOIpic.twitter.com/zf1yXPujlw