E3 2018 Impressions: Spyro Reignited Trilogy

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Spyro is coming back this Fall and you won’t have to buy a single toy to play as him! The Spyro Reignited Trilogy is coming out on September 21st, 2018. I went hands-on with the remastered games while we were at E3 and came away very impressed.

The Spyro Reignited Collection is a package that includes fully remade versions of Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage! and Spyro: Year of the Dragon. Toys for Bob, the company behind Skylanders, has lovingly remade these games from the ground up without any of the original assets or source code. They originally reached out to Insomniac Games, the original game designers, for some of that data, but it had all been lost in an office move. This was a pretty significant pain point for the Toys for Bob team because they wanted to make sure the game was as authentic as possible. They solved that problem by creating a software development tool that they affectionately referred to as “Spyro-scope.” This tool ran alongside an emulated version of each of the original games and kept track of things like speed, jump height, etc.

I was able to play the available levels twice and I couldn’t help but smile throughout. I never played the original games, so I don’t have any emotional attachment to them. I expected my time with the games to be fine, but I was caught off guard by how pleasant the game was. Everything on the screen was soft shapes awash in bright colors. It all got me very excited to play these games for the first time with my kids this fall.

The Reignited Trilogy will be coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 21st. They wouldn’t talk about a Nintendo Switch version yet, but I would be stunned if it didn’t find its way there at some point.


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