IGN’s own Jonathon Dornbush received this 200-piece puzzle, which included nothing further than a message from “Your Favorite Bandicoot” stating “A little something to help pass the TIME.” Yes, TIME is in all caps.
You can watch a time-lapse of the puzzle being put together below, which reveals a mask of sorts and some broken shards of what appear to be glass.It is interesting to note that, as pointed out by Gematsu, this is not the first time we have seen this mask. It made an appearance at the 11-second mark in PlayStation’s “It’s Time to Play” advertisement that aired in November of last year.
Crash Bandicoot games have obviously featured masks before, including Crash Bandicoot’s trusty friend Aku Aku, yet this one has yet to get the spotlight.
Another strange thing is that IGN’s puzzle was missing a few pieces on the bottom right. Others, like Game Informer’s Andrew Reiner, Kinda Funny’s Tim Gettys, and YouTubers Canadian Guy Eh and CrystalFissure, had complete puzzles.
Mysterious “Your Favorite Bandicoot” Puzzle
This is not the first time Activision has sent out promotional materials teasing new games. In 2018, Falcon McBob sent out a dragon egg the preceded the announcement of Spyro Reignited Trilogy. Also in 2018, Anonymous sent out a pair of orange fuzzy dice that was then followed by the reveal of Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled.
In 2017, Vicarious Visions and Activision released Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
, a remaster of the first three Crash Bandicoot games – Crash Bandicoot, Cortex Strikes Back, and Warped. Could this be a hint that Crash is coming back for a brand new adventure? Only TIME will tell.
Speaking of TIME, Twitter user @ZAXXINE mentions that this “TIME” could suggest “either time travel (similar to Warped), or perhaps the game will have a day/night system. The mask’s hourglass earrings and the design on its face back up both of these guesses.”
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