Activision Launches Online-only Version of Crash Bandicoot 4 for PC, But Gets Cracked in Just One Day

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time has been a quite popular game since its launch back in 2020. But on Friday, the game received a soft relaunch for next-gen consoles, the Nintendo Switch, and Windows PC. However, the PC version of the game was debuted exclusively on Activision-Blizzard’s app and oddly required an internet connection to launch the game. It’s well known that PC gamers hate games that require an internet connection to launch, but despite that Activision released the online-only version of the game for PC!

Like February’s Blizzard Arcade Collection, Crash Bandicoot 4 uses an online-only DRM because of which it requires an internet connection even though it’s not an online game. But, within a day after its release, publisher Activision has faced an even more embarrassing situation — the game getting cracked in a single day. A group of hackers by the name Empress got a hold of the PC version of Crash Bandicoot 4 and cracked the DRM one day after its release. Activision launched the game on Friday, and by the middle of the day on Saturday, hackers bypassed the online requirement of the game. This means the cracked version of the new PC game doesn’t require you an internet connection to launch, even when the publisher wanted the game first to connect to the online DRM.

Crash Bandicoot 4 PC Game Cracked

According to the report, the cracking-group Empress achieved this by replacing a single file in the vanilla install. Their crack managed to bypass the game’s online check-in system and it no longer asks the player to connect to the internet. Apart from defeating the DRM, the hacking group doesn’t explain what this actually does. The only visible feature seems to be the elimination of the online-only requirement to launch the game. This works because Crash Bandicoot 4 doesn’t have any online content and offers a code-mode for players who are physically present together.

Since the online-only requirement is not needed for checking for new content but for only the DRM, it has no impact on the gaming experience at all. If you play Crash Bandicoot 4 on a console then you already know that it doesn’t require you an internet connection. So you should have no problem with playing the PC version of this game without an internet connection. If you’re not able to launch the game without an internet connection, then the cracked version completely eliminates the need for the internet. The game is now available exclusively on

Punkaj Kumar

An engineer by profession, tech geek, writer, and a passionate blogger. I love to write on topics related to smartphones, computers, and innovative technology.

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