Crash Tag Team Racing is a racing video game published by Sierra Entertainment (Vivendi Universal Games for Japan) anddeveloped by Vancouver-based Radical Entertainment for the PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox and PlayStation Portable. A Nintendo DS version, which was to be developed by Sensory Sweep Studios rather than Radical Entertainment, was also to be released, but was eventually cancelled. The reason for this is unknown. The game was released in North America on October 19, 2005 and in Europe on November 4, 2005.
Crash Tag Team Racing is the twelfth installment in the Crash Bandicoot series. It is the first Crash game to have a rating higher than E in North America or a 3+ in Europe, due to the game featuring "cartoon violence and crude humor". It is also the third Crash Bandicoot title in the racing genre, the first and second titles being Crash Team Racing and Crash Nitro Kart, respectively. The game's story centers on the exploits of the main protagonist, Crash Bandicoot, who must win the ownership of a dilapidated theme park by finding its missing Power Gems before his nemesis, Doctor Neo Cortex, can.