Spyro Reignited Trilogy lands on 21 Sep for PS4 and Xbox One

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First there were the rumors, then came the hints, and when leaks started sprouting out did Spyro finally spread his wings. Activision announced Spyro Reignited Trilogy for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, due to arrive on 21 September this year.

This full remaster collects Spyro the Dragon (1998), Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage! (1999), and Spyro: Year of the Dragon (2000), three highly acclaimed 3D platformers. It’ll contain “more than 100 levels” and “enhanced reward sequences” alongside improvements to controls, lighting, and environments. The games’ many cinematics and levels were all recreated as well. Voice actor Tom Kenny shall reprise as Spyro, while all three original soundtracks have been reimagined.

The titular Spyro is a young purple dragon that can attack with both fire and his horns. The games featured multiple, free-roaming realms to travel to and explore, forwarding Spyro’s goal to rescue friends and recover treasure. It was one of the few 3D platform games that excelled at what it did, making up for the limited combat with a high degree of polish. Later entries ramped up the number of playable characters and mini-games too.

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The original PlayStation series were made by Insomiac Games, who are now busy with Marvel’s Spider-Man. In their stead comes Toys for Bob, a studio better known these days for Skylanders and for porting Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy to the Nintendo Switch.

“We’re deeply passionate about staying true to the legacy of the original three Spyro games,” said Toys for Bob chief creative officer Paul Yan, adding that they’ve “poured a lot of love into making the personalities and worlds feel just like fans remember them.”

“We’re bringing back the Spyro we all fell in love with 20 years ago.”

Rumors of the purple dragon’s return has been kicking around for years, but it more less solidified early this week when an IGN writer received a purple, scaly egg in the mail. That led back to the reactivated @SpyroTheDragon Twitter account, whose eventual first tweet tagged another famous, remastered mascot: Crash Bandicoot (both characters were designed by art director Charles Zembillas). Later that day, an Amazon leak gave away the name and release date, with Activision stepping forward hours later.

Spyro will be wading into tough competition when it rolls out this September, a month already filled with Dragon Quest XI, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Marvel’s Spider-Man.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy is priced at US$39.99 (approximately S$53).


Ade Putra

Ade thinks there's nothing quite like a good game and a snug headcrab. He grew up with HIDEO KOJIMA's Metal Gear Solid, lives for RPGs, and is waiting for light guns to make their comeback.