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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Races to PS4 June 21

The souped-up remake of the fan-favorite racer lands next year

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Fond Memories

I got my first job in the game industry in 1999 which is right around the time Crash Team Racing originally launched. I was a huge fan of the Crash Bandicoot series at the time, so you can imagine my excitement when I heard a brand-new kart racing game starring Crash was coming out! I remember how smart I thought it was to introduce an adventure mode in a racing game. There was nothing like it at the time. The amount of time I spent playing that game! The countless hours I spent competing against my girlfriend at the time who had also started in the game industry. It was nothing short of my favorite game!

You’re Kidding, Right?

Fast forward many years. Our studio gets the proposition, ‘’How would you guys feel about remastering CTR?’’. I remember pausing for a second. And then I blurted out: ‘’You’re kidding, right?’’ I felt a sudden rush of adrenaline. That tingling feeling of joy and excitement spreading through your whole body. Throughout the discussions, I remember telling myself: ‘’Please, please, oh please, let this project become real.’’ And here we are! The game we were so eager to reveal to the world has been announced. No turning back now! We’re going full throttle towards June 21st and we’re so excited to show you what we have in store!

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Being Authentic

Like myself, we have huge fans of the franchise on the development team. We know how dear the original Crash Team Racing is to so many people, so we’re spending a tremendous amount of time making sure it’s the same great racing experience that fans remember with a level of polish that could only be achieved by today’s standards. Our first design pillar in approaching this game was strikingly obvious: Authenticity. Whatever improvements or bells and whistles we were going to add, we needed to be authentic to the inspiration of the original experience.

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Wait, There’s More!

The technology leap of the past 19 years allows us to push the graphical fidelity to a whole new level. As much as CTR is about racing, it is first and foremost about character. We established very early on that we wanted CTR Nitro-Fueled to be brimming with personality both from an environmental and character stand point. Fans will see this attention to detail shine through in every part of the game from the camera work, to the characters’ quirky animations, to the lush environments you’re racing in. The game is called ‘Nitro-Fueled’ for a reason. As die-hard fans of the game, we felt compelled to modernize the experience and infuse it with features that are expected of any great kart racing game. Playing split screen is a lot of fun, but racing online is awesome! In Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, you will have the opportunity to show your skills to anyone around the world and that’s a first for CTR. Plus, there’s even more that we’re adding to the experience that hasn’t been shown yet, but we can’t wait to reveal soon!

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20th Anniversary

By the time Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled ships, I will have been in the industry for 20 years. I can’t help but smile at the idea that CTR will be celebrating its 20th anniversary at the same time as I am. I guess I’ve come full circle!

Add Your Own

cowmamba said:

December 6th, 7:08 pm

What!!! YEEEESSSSS!!!! :O :O

Mercenary09 said:

December 6th, 7:10 pm

Thank you so much for bringing this back. It’s my favorite kart racer of all time so getting to play it with modern graphics is amazing. Day 1 purchase.

TurtMan said:

December 6th, 7:19 pm


thatwouldbedark said:

December 6th, 8:03 pm

PlayStation VR support please. Now THAT would be a dream come true. :D

    DeejayJeanP said:

    December 6th, 11:50 pm

    X 2! Just VR support for any real racing game for that matter! :)

sirbastianchan said:

December 6th, 8:35 pm

It would be great if Crash Bash comes to PS4 as well together with CTR!

I miss those party games!

CyberAbel said:

December 6th, 10:10 pm

Thank you so much for bringing a remake of the one Kart racer game that made my childhood! Hopefully the powerslide kart mechanics will differ from the ones in Nitro Kart as I really didn’t find an improvement there. Please, make it feel like CTR as best as posible! Thank you! When will we get a Rogue Galaxy remake, just kidding! lol

szlordzs said:

December 6th, 11:34 pm

Crash bash??

alfierenero said:

December 6th, 11:47 pm

Nitro’s Oxide playble character? i spended i don’t know how many hours trying to unlock it in the game XD, and please add some creation course kit

DeejayJeanP said:

December 6th, 11:51 pm

This is one of the few PS 1 games I wanted desperately to be remade, since it would be amazing online, thank you for (re) making it!

aleckmarina said:

December 7th, 2:37 am

FINALLY! Thank you, can’t wait for this.

BlaqMagiq24 said:

December 7th, 4:46 am


Now let’s get Crash Bash remade and the whole collection of PS1 Crash games will be complete.

ZichiroARG said:

December 7th, 4:46 am

OMFG!! YESSSS FINALLYY!!! and now its going to be online, cant ask for more!

nizar1919 said:

December 7th, 5:59 am

The Battle mode pleaaaase :D :D

raziel3378 said:

December 7th, 6:22 am

Omg i loved CTR back in the day can’t wait to play it again.

k_nori2 said:

December 7th, 8:37 am

Will it be released in Japan? I am one of the fun who loves CTR in Japan.

flashbackVita said:

December 7th, 1:05 pm


TrentDF1 said:

December 7th, 2:51 pm

This is my most-anticipated game of 2019. The original is one of my favorite games of all time, and I can’t wait to see how awesome this is on PS4!

PaulReptilesc said:

December 7th, 2:57 pm

cooool :D best game :D now plz crash bash :D i play whit my wife this :D

kingkongkorean27 said:

December 8th, 6:49 am

I just heard this today and I’m going to be preordering it today. This is probably going to be the only game I am going to play online for all my friends are beginners at this game and now I will finally be able to receive a fair challenge in the game thanks to it being online. Cant wait for the release and hope to see everyone on the starting line. Who knows I might actually learn something new that I didn’t know before about this game. Adult dream comes true. Lol. Cant wait for this release!

damisi1738 said:

December 8th, 12:33 pm

Im happy that at least one of the crash racing games are being put on ps4. What about tag team racing tho?

ignusursus said:

December 8th, 3:31 pm


Mike_ocampo67 said:

December 8th, 11:08 pm

Crash Bash

colef10 said:

December 9th, 3:00 pm

I already know I’mma remember this summer by this game. Gonna play till my thumbs fall off. Also, if they put it on vr, I think me and many others would without thought go out and buy vr!!

zadenbolt said:

December 9th, 5:08 pm

Please i would love splitscreen and online at the same time if possible… it is a big opportunity for me and my friends to feel that innet kid together no matter the place!

mamin75 said:

December 10th, 5:52 am

this game have online battle mood ?or just race online mood ?

patfanrj said:

December 10th, 7:09 am

Crash is my favorite video game series of all time. CTR is not only favorite cart game, but it’s singlehandedly the one game I put the most time into when I was a kid. I have been waiting on this announcement for years! When I found out, I preordered it immediately both on m console and at GameStop. I have never been so pumped for a game before!

SKrobbySK said:

December 10th, 8:25 am

There is nothing else that could have brought more happiness to my life than reading this. This is amazing, thank you so much for doing this.

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