The demo for Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is live now. To get a taste of the game before the official release on October 2, you’ll need to pre-order a digital copy of It’s About Time. Once you’ve done so, you’ll be able to play three exclusive levels from the direct sequel to 1998’s Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped.

This demo is not available to the general public, or to those with physical pre-orders.

Activision outlines the three levels in a blog post. The first is Snow Way Out (actually one of two Snow Way Outs, but we’ll get to the second one later).

Snow Way Out is set in the 11th Dimension (approximately 1954) and will involve Crash using Kupuna-Wa (Time Mask) “to slow down ice blocks and temporary platforms for safe passage.”

Then we move onto Dino Dash, which will “bring in a nostalgia-filled chase sequence alongside traditional platforming.” Dino Dash involves outrunning a T-Rex, and employing a Lani-Loli, better known as the Phase Shift mask, “to phase platforms, obstacles, and boxes into the physical dimension.” Nothing to it. Obviously.

Finally, as hinted at earlier, we return to Snow Way Out (Cortex Timeline). In this remixed edition of Snow Way Out, Neo Cortex is a playable character. He has the ability to “enemies into platforms or gelatinous cubes” and “dash on the ground or in mid-air to cross chasms that would otherwise send him to his doom.”

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time will be released on October 2 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. However, a recent Twitter post appeared to suggest that Crash Bandicoot 4 could be launched on the Nintendo Switch too. A Twitter user picked up on some details within the game’s source code page.

Best of all, It's About Time will grant players the chance to play as one of four characters, Crash, Coco, Cortex, and Dingodile, including new play styles, techniques, and narrative.