It looks like a brand new dragon egg is hatching as Spyro the Dragon is be getting a remastered trilogy release. What was rumored has now been confirmed by Activision: Spyro Reignited Trilogy is coming this September, entirely remade in HD for modern consoles!
First hitting the PlayStation back in 1998, Spyro became one of the cutest video game characters out there. However, while the likes of Mario and Sonic have become legends of the industry, Spyro has largely lurked in the background. The purple dragon briefly returned thanks to Toys for Bob's Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, but with that franchise ending in 2016, his future has remained up in the air until now.
News of a possible Spyro resurgence emerged when IGN was sent a mysterious purple egg at their HQ. A little digging linked to a cryptic Twitter account that was linked to the titular dragon, but now the plot gets thicker. Amazon Mexico and India have leaked details on a new era of the old franchise and it has since become official.
The Iconic Purple Dragon is Fully Remastered, All Scaled Up and Just in Time to Celebrate His 20th Anniversary
Spyro Reignited Trilogy brings players a remastered game collection of the three original Spyro games: Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage! and Spyro: Year of the Dragon and is available now to pre-order via major retailers at a suggested retail price of $39.99 on September 21, 2018. It will be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
And for longtime fans, as a throwback to the original Spyro unveil, starting today Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy players in North America on PlayStation 4 can enter the iconic code (↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → square) into their controllers in the Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped title screen to watch the Spyro Reignited Trilogy trailer.
Given that Crash Bandicoot got the remastered treatment thanks to the N. Sane Trilogy last year, it is no surprise that studios are keen to cash in on the trend of bringing retro games into the 21st Century. Both Crash and Spyro limped along with their final few games, so it makes sense to bring the most profitable entries back into the limelight. If the reports are to be believed, this means Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!, and Spyro: Year of the Dragon will all be back with some updated graphics and over 100 levels of flamethrowing fun.
While it isn't quite the news of a new adventure for the scaly savior, it is nevertheless a great coup for the series. The recond run of Spyro continuity ended in 2008 with The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon, meaning it has been a decade since he last took to the skies in a proper story of his own. Just like the critical-acclaim that N. Sane has received, Reignited should remind fans why they fell in love with the character in the first place and possibly open the door to an ongoing series.
As for the big question over who is actually handling Reignited. Previous rumors stated that Vicarious Visions (under Activision) would handle a remastered trilogy, but as the leaked art hinted, the games have been remade from the ground up by lead developer Toys for Bob. Paul Yan, Chief Creative Officer, at Toys For Bob:
"We're deeply passionate about staying true to the legacy of the original three Spyro games with the Spyro Reignited Trilogy. We've poured a lot of love into making the personalities and worlds feel just like fans remember them, while also keeping the game collection surprisingly fresh with lush, high definition detail. We're bringing back the Spyro we all fell in love with 20 years ago."
Each level in Spyro Reignited Trilogy is mapped faithfully from the originals. The characters are creatively re-imagined with additional flair allowing fans to rekindle the fire with Spyro and his crew like never-before. Players will experience a trilogy that’s loaded with an astonishing amount of detail, refreshed modern day mechanics, full analog stick support and smooth camera handling. Spyro Reignited Trilogy also re-imagines Stewart Copeland’s original soundtrack from the first three games.