With the release of Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled imminent, more information has surfaced regarding console-exclusive features. Much in the vein of PlayStation 4-exclusive skins for Crash, CoCo, and Doctor Neo Cortex, there is also set to be a track exclusive to PS4 called Retro Stadium.
In an episode of PlayStation Underground, Beenox Co-Studio Head and Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled Creative Director Thomas Wilson joined the hosts to preview two tracks in gameplay of Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled. The first they previewed was the track Dragon Mines, an underground course full of obstructive mine carts, winding paths, and an idle dragon. The second they previewed was Retro Stadium, a track exclusive to PlayStation 4 owners that features an old-school gimmick.
Retro Stadium is based on Turbo Track from the original Crash Team Racing. As seen in the gameplay footage, the track is pretty straightforward and the standard fare for a basic track in an arcade racing game. However, the thing that makes this track stand out in contrast to the rest of the courses in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled is its late ’90s aesthetic in its low-polygon rendering and pixelated appearance. The stadium’s walls are adorned with PlayStation logos and a banner containing the PlayStation controller button symbols.
Creative Director Wilson wrote of the track that, given the rest of the game’s highly-detailed remade tracks from the original Crash Team Racing, Retro Stadium would be a neat way of revisiting the nostalgia many gamers have from decades back. He writes, “This track is a way to hearken back to the early days of these two gaming icons, and it is simply fun to be able to think back to when graphics like these were blowing you away!”
All in all, this is likely to provide a heavy dose of nostalgia for gamers of the late ’90s, and it will provide a peek into the technology of yore for younger generations. It also goes to show how far gaming has come from the early days of 3D gaming.
Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled is set to release June 21, 2019 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Source: PlayStation Blog