Microtransactions Will Feature in Crash Team Racing's New Grand Prix

By Heidi Nicholas,
We discussed the first Grand Prix for Activision's highly popular Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled last month. Activision have now released a video detailing the new Grand Prix, titled Back N. Time:

Back N. Time will come to players this Friday, the 2nd of August, and run until August 25th. Activision disclosed details about the new Grand Prix in their blog post, and reminded players that the Grand Prix is available to anyone who owns the game, has an internet connection, and who has downloaded the game update. This Grand Prix will again feature new characters, skins, karts, paint jobs, and a new track: Prehistoric Playground.

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You'll have to watch out for geysers, dinosaurs, and a ramp consisting of a Diplodocus tail as you race your way around the course. Speaking of racing, the new karts will include the Nostalginator and Mammoth Karts:

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You'll also be able to play as baby Crash or Coco— due to the rift that occurred as Crash and his competitors were thrown back in time. The new skins will include Mad Scientist Crash, Sabertooth Pura, and Stone Age N. Trophy. There will also be a host of new customisation items. Overall, there looks to be a load of new content coming along with the Grand Prix, but that isn't the only noteworthy news from Activision's blog. Wumpa Coins, the in-game currency used to purchase characters, skins, and items in the Pit Stop, are usually earned through participation in the Grand Prix. But with the release of Back N. Time, players will apparently also be able to 'fast-track their Wumpa Coin collection' through microtransactions, according to Activision's blog. In other words, players can use real money to buy Wumpa Coin packs from stores. Activision hasten to add that Wumpa Coins can still be earned as usual, by simply taking part in the Grand Prix, but that this addition of microtransactions will allow players to purchase additional Coins if they wish.

The practice of including microtransactions in games has frequently come under fire. There is of course a difference between cosmetic microtransactions and purchases that actually affect gameplay - often referred to as "pay to win". It seems Crash Team Racing is avoiding that pitfall, as Activision make it clear that the game's mechanics are not being changed and that Wumpa Coins can still be earned just through playing, not paying.

Are you looking forward to Back N. Time? What do you think about the inclusion of microtransactions? Let us know in the comments!

We've got the full list of Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled achievements - check the list for guides to unlocking them.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!