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Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time – 7 reasons to be excited



Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time will be announced for Nintendo Switch in a few weeks

It has been confirmed that Crash 4: It’s About Time will hit our shelves in October 2020. The PlayStation classic has returned to our consoles with great success in recent years which led to much speculation that a new game would be added to the series.

The N. Sane Trilogy and Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled were both hugely popular remasters, but it has been over a decade since a brand new title was released. That makes now the perfect time to carry on the recent success of the series with fans old and new.

Crash 4 looks set to return to the style that we all love from the early games in the series, but with plenty of new features and upgrades. While we still have three months until It’s About Time arrives, plenty of details have already been confirmed. Here are a handful of reasons to be excited about Crash 4.

Following On Directly From Crash 3: Warped

It’s About Time will take place directly after the events of Crash 3 : Warped, which ended with Cortex stuck in time and transformed back to his baby self.

The most popular characters from the series are those that were in Crash 3, such as Neo Cortex, Tiny and N. Gin. They all featured in both of the remasters making it the perfect point to continue the story with Crash 4.

Crash 4 will have similar gameplay as the first three games in the series, but with lots of new additions. After the initial three titles various other gameplay elements were added, but Crash 4 looks set to return to the classic gameplay we all know and love.
The levels will see you moving sideways or forwards taking Crash through a world of constant objects and enemies. While there are no open worlds, there are plenty of new possibilities within the levels which should give lots of replayability.

A New Developer With A History Of Coming Up With The Goods

The developers for Crash 4 are Toys For Bob who have become most well known in recent years for developing the Spyro Reignited Trilogy.

Like the Crash remasters, Sypro Reignited was very successful in updating the series for gaming in 2020. The two series are very similar across the board and working on the Sypro games will have been a huge help in the development of Crash 4.

They were also involved in the N. Sane Trilogy itself and most of their 30 years in the industry has been spent working on platformers.

The team at Toys For Bob have also stated on numerous occasions that they are huge fans of the series which make them the perfect team to be in charge as Crash makes his return.

DLC And New Skins

Crash 4 will include new content after the initial release in October. Nitro-Fueled had a host of extras on top of the original game and it is still being added to over a year after it came out. While DLC is more suited to a racing game than a platformer, new skins have already been confirmed for Crash 4 such as new outfits for Crash and Coco if you pre order.

The other DLC which could be a possibility is new levels, which would be vital in keeping players coming back after completing the initial story. There have been rumours of multiple timelines within Crash 4 which would give the developers the perfect excuse to add a brand new series of levels away from the main story at some point in the future.

Platformers don’t always have DLC and extra content, but the story in Crash 4 gives the developers the perfect opportunity to add whatever comes to mind post-launch.

Variation Of Old Levels

Crash 4 is a brand new entry to the franchise with all new levels and worlds but there is still going to be plenty of nostalgia with themes taken from previous games in the series.

Within the levels there is plenty that has taken inspiration from its predecessors. The trailer showcased a futuristic level very similar to the ones that were in Crash 3 but with new additions such as flying cars to hop across. This could mean that many of the worlds and themes from the series might be making a return in Crash 4.

Perhaps the most famous levels though are the ones with Crash running away from an enemy towards the screen. Previously we have seen boulders and dinosaurs chasing after Crash and they will be back once again in It’s About Time. They are some of the most enjoyable levels, but so frustrating levels at the same time.

Polished Visuals

The Crash remasters over the last three years have both looked visually incredible, but It’s About Time will have a very different design.

Developers Toys For Bob were responsible for the fantastic remaster of fellow platformer Spyro and the visuals are very similar to what they produced there. That is not a bad thing though as Spyro looked bright and brilliant.

The animations are slightly more cartoony than the remastered Crash games, but it will allow them to capture the series when it is at its loveable best.

In the levels that have already been showcased, in particular the colourful pirate world, the details are incredible and elevate the series to new heights with the help of technology not previously available to Crash.

Different Playable Characters With Their Own Moves

The previous Crash Bandicoot games have seen players take control of just Crash and Coco. Once again both will be the main characters in It’s About Time, but the big change will see some of their enemies from the series become playable.

Players will be able to use Neo Cortex with his own move set. This will include items unique to him such as a Ray Gun, which can be used to change items or enemies into static objects or bouncy platforms allowing you to get to new heights.

Different playable characters is a huge addition for the series and will provide different elements to gameplay in the same way the vehicle levels did when introduced in Crash 3.

It will be great to see which other characters will be available to play as, but we can expect some of the long time friends and foes from the series will be included.

A Brand New Game

While the remastered N. Sane Trilogy and Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled were both fantastic and full of nostalgia there was only so much they could do. With the series back in the public eye, as well as being hugely popular it is the perfect time to bring out a completely new entry.

Unlike the remasters, Crash 4 has been completely built from scratch, rather then code from a previous game. This gives them a new creative licence which the series has not had on this generation of consoles.

From the footage and information available, it is clear this Crash will add more than ever before.

New worlds, new moves, new playable characters, a ridiculous amount of levels and brilliant visuals, Crash is back to dominate the platforming genre.

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Lst Ark: Servers are shutting down today to allow more fans to play



Lost Ark: Tier 1 Island Route

On February 11th the new MMORPG Lost Ark was released in its Free2Play version for all people who just want to try it. That’s a lot though, which is why the game is still struggling with server issues. That should change now.

Update 8:05 a.m.: The servers are now down.

When will the servers shut down? As announced by Amazon via the Lost Ark official website, the servers will go offline this morning, that is, on February 13, at 8 a.m. GMT.

The downtime affects all European servers equally and you will not be able to log into the game in the meantime.

How long will they stay offline? The maintenance work is planned for about 3 hours. So if all goes well, you’ll be able to return to the world of Arkesia at 11 a.m.

We’ll keep you up to date in the live ticker when the servers return and if there will be any delays again.

Lost Ark’s last scheduled server maintenance was scheduled for 4 hours, but ended up lasting over 10 hours, leading to some negative reviews on Steam.

Why are the servers going down? Since Lost Ark was released, the new MMORPG has been struggling with long queues and server problems. At the prime time on February 12, more than 1.3 million people played the action game at the same time.

This also meant that some servers had to be completely closed to new players. Especially the server Asta, on which many German players gather, is affected by long queues.

Sometimes the fans have to wait up to 6 hours just to log in. Incidentally, this only works if you already have a character on the Asta server. New players were completely denied access until the evening hours of February 12th.

To address this situation, Amazon is working with Smilegate to increase server capacity. At this point, however, they are not telling us exactly how this is supposed to work.

Are the queues gone then? No, probably not. In the blog post, the publishers emphasize that they only want to create the basic framework for further updates and more server capacities during the downtime.

We, therefore, do not assume that you will be able to continue gambling directly at 11 a.m. without queues, even if that would be desirable.

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Lost Ark: An exact time when the servers will go online



Lost Ark: Tier 2 Island Route

Today at 6 p.m. the Lost Ark servers should (re)open to all players after the scheduled maintenance. But nothing will come of the official Lost Ark Launch! The launch is delayed due to “deployment issues”.

An exact time when the servers will go online again has not yet been announced. “We hope that this problem will be fixed in a few hours,” the announcement simply says.

We’ll keep you posted on updates here!

Unfortunately, the launch has been delayed due to deployment issues. We hope this will be fixed in a few hours.

Your patience is appreciated and we will update you soon.

Restart Lost Ark Client

We have received important information from the Community Team. Waiting in the server screen doesn’t seem to help. The server list does not appear there automatically. So a reboot is required.

Waiting at the server screen won’t help, as it will require a fresh launch of the client as far as I’m aware.

You can read our guide for Lost Ark here.

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New pioneer package with server change in Lost Ark



Lost Ark guide: List of runes and their effects

Lost Ark has been better received than many thought. Even Amazon did not expect this rush. And so there were long queues on some servers, as was the case with New World. Since a real server change is not possible, many players simply created a new character on a new server. However, some of these players have already redeemed their pioneer package on the first server and thus used it up unnecessarily.

As Amazon has now announced, we will get an additional set of exclusive items on the new server. These items are bound to the character and thus cannot be traded. They can soon be redeemed on every new server.

During the Head Start period for Lost Ark, a massive number of heroes arrived in Arkesia. While we are thrilled to have so many players joining us, we also recognize that this has brought about large queues on our more popular servers, leading to a less than ideal experience for these players.

In an effort to improve the player experience for those who have faced queues, we will be taking several steps to put preventative measures in place ahead of our full launch tomorrow morning, in addition to addressing some of the outstanding issues surrounding Founder’s Pack claims.

Founder’s Pack Redemptions

Players have let us know one of the reasons they are reluctant to switch to lower population servers is because many of them have already redeemed their Founder’s Packs on another server. To help combat this and make exploring new servers a more reasonable choice, we will be granting ALL Founder’s Pack purchasers that redeem their pack by 12 PM PT (8 PM UTC) on Monday, February 14th with an extra set of the exclusive items from the Founder’s Pack they redeemed (e.g., the Founder’s Exclusive Pet and Founder’s Title from the Bronze pack; see full list below) as well as some additional Royal Crystals for Silver, Gold, and Platinum Pack purchasers. These items will not be tradeable, and will be delivered to a player’s Product Inventory so they can be claimed on a new server. Your original Founder’s Pack will not be affected by this, and will remain on the initial server where you redeemed it (or in your Product Inventory, if you have not yet redeemed it).

We are currently working to get these item grants ready to go, and will update players when they are ready to claim — these will be claimable on any new server you choose, so in the meantime we encourage you to find a perfect server to call home.

Bronze Pack
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)

Silver Pack
150 Royal Crystals
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)

Gold Pack
500 Royal Crystals
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)
Northern Lawmaker Skin (Untradeable)

Platinum Pack
1,000 Royal Crystals
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)
Northern Lawmaker Skin (Untradeable)
Founder’s Platinum Skin (Untradeable)
Founder’s Exclusive Mount (Untradeable)
Platinum Welcome Crate (Untradeable)

Founder’s Exclusive Wallpaper*
Founder’s Exclusive Structure
Legendary Rapport Gift Selection Chest
Launch Limited Card Pack
*If the Founder’s Title or Founder’s Exclusive Wallpaper are used on the same Roster where a pack has already been redeemed, you will not be able to use these items.

Please note that this is a one-time grant, and we do not have plans to continue to make additional grants of items available to players in the future. For example, there will be Starter Packs available for purchase at full launch tomorrow (more details to come), and we highly recommend only redeeming them once you settle into your permanent home server.

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