The Crash Bandicoot trilogy remaster was one of the biggest hits of 2017, selling more copies than plenty of major new releases. So it’s no surprise that fans are already looking to other early PlayStation franchises that could get the same remake treatment, and one name is dominating the discussion: Spyro the Dragon.
There hasn’t been any actual confirmation that a Spyro the Dragon remake or remaster is on the way, but as we’ll explain, there’s plenty of reason to expect one.
When is the Spyro the Dragon remake release date?
Since the game hasn’t even been officially announced, there’s obviously no firm release date. We think we know when to expect a release though.
The first Spyro the Dragon came out back in 1998, making next year the game’s 20th anniversary – very convenient. Since the original first came out in September (in the US and Japan at least), we expect to see any remaster arrive in the same month: September 2018.
This was backed up by a recent Kotaku report that claims the game will be released in September 2018, following a March 2018 reveal.
If you don’t want to wait that long, you can always get your nostalgia fix from the Crash Bandicoot remaster or try your luck looking for the original Spyro games on eBay.
What platforms will it be on?
Again, we don’t know for sure, but we’d bet it would only be a PS4 exclusive. That’s the strategy publisher Activison followed with the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, and it worked wonders.
It makes sense too – the original Spyro trilogy were all PlayStation exclusives, and any remaster would hope to trade in on the nostalgia factor by targeting current PS4 owners.
But, here’s the twist; Kotaku reports that the game will be a one-year timed exclusive for the PS4, at which point it should become available for other platforms. (FYI, the report also claims the same of Crash Bandicoot so expect that to come out on other platforms soon!).
Will there be a Spyro remaster?
The best evidence for a Spyro remake or remaster is from Kotaku, who claims to have spoken to multiple sources familiar with the project. The sources go on to claim that Activision is currently working on a Spyro the Dragon Trilogy Remaster that, as mentioned above, should be announced in March 2018.
It’s not the only evidence though; an investor call led by Activision boss Eric Hirshberg in 2017 discussed the success of the Crash Bandicoot remake.
“We knew that there was a passionate audience out there for Crash. Full disclosure myself among them, but we had no idea – it’s hard to tell whether that’s a vocal minority or whether that’s a real mass audience until you put something out there,” Hirshberg said.
“Crash has surpassed all of our expectations by a pretty wide margin. And a couple of stats that underscore that point where it was the number one selling console game in June based on units, even though it was only available for two days during that month.
“We think we have other great IP in our portfolio that we’re considering of course… I think you can be confident that there will be more activity like this in the future with more great IP.”
It just so happens that Spyro is one of those properties that Activision conveniently owns, and was popular on the PS One around the same time as Crash. Throw in the 20th anniversary in 2018 and the success of the Skylanders games – a modern Spyro spin-off – and the Spyro trilogy looks like the obvious choice.
What should we expect from the Spyro remake?
So, what should we expect from the rumoured Spyro remaster? According to a Kotaku report, the game will feature new assets, lighting, animations and cinematics to bring the visuals up to standards with modern games, while keeping some of the charm of the 90s classic.
It’s also said to include an update to the save system to make it a little more user-friendly, as was the case with the Crash remaster. In terms of content, the game is said to include three titles; Spyro The Dragon, Ripto’s Rage! and Year of the Dragon.
We also expect user interface changes, to a) modernise things, and b) unify them across the three games, which each featured slightly different systems.
There’s only one big caveat to it all: if Activision only started working on this once it saw Crash Bandicoot’s sales figures, and wants to make the 20th anniversary, that’s not a whole lot of time to get everything together.
The Crash Bandicoot was released roughly a year after it was announced at E3 2016, but the devs were working on it for a while before that – a Spyro project might not get as much time to get everything together, especially by the rumoured September 2018 release.
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