After the smash hit success of the Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy last year, which is rumoured to launch on PC soon, Kotaku has a scoop claiming the classic Spyro games are currently being remastered. According to Laura Dale, Spyro the Dragon Trilogy Remaster will be announced next month and, like Crash Bandicoot, will be a timed exclusive for PS4.
The Spyro Trilogy HD remake is expected to be announced in March 2018 and will release on PlayStation 4 in Q3 2018. Other platforms, including PC, will have to wait until Q3 2019 to get their mitts on the Spyro trilogy.
The full collection will include Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage! And Spyro: Year of the Dragon, along with the potential for content that was originally cut from these games.
From the sounds of it, the Spyro the Dragon Trilogy Remaster will be much more than a simple remaster. Like the Crash N. Sane Trilogy, it will be remade from the ground up with new assets, animations, lighting, and cinematics, along with an updated soundtrack. The graphical makeover for Crash Bandicoot was comprehensive, yet stuck to what we expect from the series, and Spyro will surely be no different.
Another concession to the modern era will be the implementation of a proper save feature, meaning users can now save after each and every level in the Spyro HD Trilogy. I have to admit I’m a tiny bit confused on this front as, from what I can remember of the original Spyro games, it saved every time you entered and exited a level anyway. Perhaps my memories are deceiving me though.
It’s easy to see how this package might appeal to fans of the original, although it’s going to be interesting to see how a modern audience takes to its eccentricities. The popularity of Skylanders up until recently should help with hooking in the younger fans though, if Skylanders even retained any of the Spyro elements by the end, that is.
Does Spyro carry the same nostalgic cache as Crash? Can an old-school 3D platformer be a hit in 2018? Let us know what you think of it!