Given how stingy Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is with its in-game currency, we had a feeling Activision would be injecting microtransactions into the game at some point, but that doesn't make it any less disappointing.
When the title's next Gran Prix event goes live on the 2nd August, you'll be able to purchase Wumpa Coins using real money. This addition is detailed in the official blog's latest post:
"As always, the Pit Stop will be stocked with new and returning characters and cosmetic items, which players can unlock using Wumpa Coins*. With all this content available, there will also now be a way for players to fast-track their Wumpa Coin collection if they like. Starting in early August, players will have the option to purchase Wumpa Coin bundles from their game console stores to supplement the Coins they earn by playing. This option won’t change the game’s core mechanics – players will still earn Wumpa Coins by playing the game in any mode, just as before. They will just able to purchase additional coins if they choose."
Again, very disappointing. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled gained a lot of positive publicity when it revealed its free battle pass-style system, but that goodwill's just been flushed down the toilet as far as we're concerned. Activision just couldn't help itself, could it?
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