Developer Beenox released the highly anticipated remake just over a week ago, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, and publisher Activision has already announced the first major update headed to the game. The game has garnered exceptional reviews upon its release but is looking to add to the formula with a few new features incoming.
The new update will introduce a fix for the save data issue PS4 users were encountering, as well as add a variety of new features to the game. The first new feature is the Nitro Tour Grand Prix which will see players earning Nitro Points and introduce new customization options into the game.
“The Nitro Tour Grand Prix will be going live and you can begin earning Nitro Points and unlocking a variety of bonus customization content by completing challenges found within the Grand Prix menu.
“Twilight Tour” will be a brand-new track available to Local Arcade and Online modes. The character Tawna will able to be earned through completing Grand Prix challenges and earning Nitro Points. You will also be able to earn additional new items including karts, skins, stickers, decal, and paint jobs!
Note: Tawna and the items described above can only be earned for a limited time by completing Grand Prix challenges while connected to the internet. Once the current Grand Prix season ends, they will no longer be available to earn through Grand Prix challenges until they may appear in the Pit Stop at a later date.”
Next is the addition of online leaderboards which allows players to earn the previously mentioned Nitro Points to help racers climb their way to the top of the rankings. The Championship Leaderboard will also see players climb the ranks based on their performance and placement in online races.
“Nitro Point Online Leaderboard – You can earn Nitro Points by completing challenges accessible in the Grand Prix menu. The more Nitro Points you gather, the higher you’ll climb the leaderboard!
Championship Leaderboard – You can earn points based on your performance while playing online multiplayer: You’re given a number of points each time you complete a race in online multiplayer†. You receive more points the higher your placement is when each race is over (first is the most, and eighth place is the least). The Leaderboard is unlocked after you finish your first online race.”
The final major feature being added in the new update is new items arriving to the pit stop. New karts, skins, characters and everything else offered in the in-game shop will be added for players to unlock using Wumpa Coins. also, certain customization items will feature a Nitro Point boost allowing an increased amount of points earned when equipping those items.
“A variety of new content will be added to the Pit Stop including karts, characters, character skins, decals, paint jobs, wheels, and kart stickers that can be redeemed with Wumpa Coins†. Don’t forget to check the Pit Stop to see refreshed content!
When visiting the Pit Stop, you’ll notice that items that were added as part of the Nitro Tour Grand Prix have little Nitro cannisters over their icons. You’ll notice the same thing in the customization menu over the same icons. This small Nitro cannister with a percentage tied to it denotes the extra Nitro Point boost you’ll get whenever completing challenges with these customization options equipped. The percentage increase stacks with each customization item you have equipped. So get collecting, and get stacking!
As a special call-out to some of the new additions, the “Nitro Squad” characters Ami, Megumi, Isabella, and Liz can be redeemed using Wumpa Coins in the Pit Stop and flags from nations around the world will be added as kart stickers.”
Additional tweaks heading over to the game alongside various performance fixes is an adjustment the earn rate for Wumpa Fruit as well as broken down details on how a player earned the total amount of coins in each race. Character icons on the map will also represent the current skin the player has equipped, as well as podium finish animations will now take place after online races.
The new update is set to release for Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled on July 3, 2019 for the PS4, Xbox One and Switch.