One of the new gameplay elements added to the upcoming Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is the Quantum Masks, a series of four powerful entities which grant Crash and his sister Coco the ability to interact with the various platform-based levels in unique ways. Previously, developer Toys for Bob had unveiled three of the masks which will be appearing in the game. Lani-Loli, the Phase Mask, causes objects to phase in and out of existence, while the Mask of Time Kupuna-Wa slows down time, and the Gravity Mask Ika Ika literally flips the entire stage upside down, letting the Bandicoot siblings run along the ceiling.
For months, the power of the fourth mask has remained hidden, with Toys for Bob merely hinting that it would be something pretty cool. New screenshots from the game have been unveiled which at last reveal what ability this fourth Quantum Mask will add to Crash and Coco’s arsenal of skills.
The fourth Quantum Mask is ‘Akano, the Mask of Dark Matter. When wielding ‘Akano’s power, Crash and Coco will gain a unique new suit of dark purple armor. This armor allows the Bandicoot siblings to perform a powerful spin attack, far more destructive and effective than their standard spin. Players can use this brand-new ultra-powerful spin to cross huge gaps, hover and glide in midair, and even perform double jumps while mid-spin. If that wasn’t enough to get fans excited, it was revealed that ‘Akano will also allow players to open Locked Crates and reflect enemy projectiles back at their attacker.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time releases on October 2, 2020 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In addition to the Quantum Masks, other new elements include the ultra-challenging N. Verted mode, flashback levels which reveal new details about Crash and Coco’s pasts, and the ability to play as characters such as Dingodile, Tawna, and even the villainous Dr. Neo Cortex himself.