It has been over a decade since the last Crash Bandicoot game was released.
'Crash Bandicoot: Mind Over Mutant' hit shelves back in October 2008 and was available on the PlayStation 2.
Bearing in mind that we are gearing up for the launch of the PlayStation 5, this shows just how long Crash Bandicoot fans have been waiting for another instalment of the series.
Of course, since 2008, gaming has moved on quite considerably. All previous games in the main franchise have been single-player affairs, but it has now been revealed that this will not be the case when 'Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time' is released in October for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The title is being positioned as a direct sequel to 'Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped' - which was released way back in 1998.
Per gamesradar.com, the official PlayStation Store page for the game has confirmed that 'It's About Time' will offer an offline multiplayer mode for two to four players.
Of course, the 'Crash Racing' games that were based on the franchise had multiplayer functionality, but for the traditional platform-style Crash Bandicoot series, this is a first.
Developer Toys for Bob has already stated that players will be able to alternate between Coco and Crash during the game - and that certain other characters will also be playable. However, other than that, it is unknown as to how 'Crash Bandicoot 4' will incorporate its multiplayer mode.
Die-hard fans will not want the game to stray too far from its classic roots. Given that the title will be following on from an instalment that was first seen 20 years ago, you would expect much of its nostalgic charm to be retained.
At the same time, though, all gaming franchises need to develop in order to stay fresh and not appear dated. Whether or not, Toys for Bob can successfully deliver on all fronts remains to be seen.
One of the unique pressures that come with reviving a classic franchise is that developers are often competing with players' memories of how great a game once was.
However, by adding a multiplayer mode, 'Crash Bandicoot 4' definitely looks to be a leap into modern times for the series.
In view of how long fans have had to wait for a brand-new game, 'It's About Time' is certainly highly anticipated.
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