Some good news, some bad news. Let's start with the former if you don't mind.
The seasonal events have wrapped up, but Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueledisn't done. Beenox released a free content update today, and along with a thank-you care package, there's also a wonderfully dumb secret character to unlock. You know the checkpoint crates? Well, now you can race as one.
This isn't some stupid early April Fools' Day bit. It's real!
I actually really love this, Beenox is amazing pic.twitter.com/9MhBT64sqH— Ethan Mouta | CrashForSmash | Playing DR2 (@Ethan_Mouta) March 26, 2020
To unlock the Iron Checkpoint Crate character, you'll need to smash Beenox crates scattered across tracks. If you enjoy hunting down collectibles, that should be a fun assignment. According to the Reddit community, which has begun compiling the hidden crate locations, you don't need to complete races.
If that sounds like way too much work for a gag, you should still log into Nitro-Fueled when you get a chance – you'll earn a free Beenox Pack containing Geary and Crunch (if you haven't gotten them yet) and Beenox-themed cosmetics including a kart and skins for Crash, Cortex, Crunch, and Geary.
The studio is running Wumpa Challenges, Ghost Hunt, Golden Wumpa Hunt, and time trials – including data based on the developers' best times – so there's plenty left to do if you've been on a break.
As for the bad news, I regret to inform you that Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueledhas gone ahead and added Baby Cortex and Baby N. Trophy to the Pit Stop store. I don't like losing in kart racers, but I especially loathe losing to baby characters. The other roster addition, the Lab Assistant, gets a pass.
Those gums get me every time. I can't cope.
To end on a positive note, the developers also redesigned Rilla Roo, and you can keep the old version. I love when creators go out of their way like that. I wasn't even aware people felt so strongly about him.
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled: Post-Grand Prix Content Announced! [Activision] [Thanks, Neronium]