Spyro the Dragon has been absent for a long time, hasn’t he? Fans of the pint-size purple hero haven’t seen a new series entry since the Legend of Spyro reboots, which were… well, all kinds of questionable. The Spyro Reignited Trilogy may not be anything strictly new, but it’s Spyro nonetheless. From this latest glimpse, it’s looking mighty fine.
Now, you’ve probably heard of a little thing called the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. The latest in a long line of reboots, remasters, rehashes and re-releases that threatens to drown gamers everywhere in a great tide, it sold fantastically on PS4 when it released last year. In the past few weeks, it completed the jump-and-whump to Nintendo Switch.
Crash Bandicoot’s success tapped into something special, a deep-rooted feeling of nostalgia that is typical of those who grew up with video games. More important than that, the N. Sane Trilogy wasn’t a simple texture buff-and-sheen, but a complete reworking of all three games from the ground up. Fans respected that.
So, what of Spyro? The little purple fellow has a remastered trilogy of his own coming our way later this year. The Reignited Trilogy will consist of Spyro The Dragon, Ripto’s Rage and Year of the Dragon, all in spangly new HD. Since the collection was first announced in April, fans have wondered what sort of remasters they’re dealing with here. A full N.Sane Trilogy sort of treatment, or lazy, slightly prettier ports?
So far, we’ve mostly only been given brief info-nuggets, teasers and screenshots. We got to see a little gameplay at E3 this year, but that just wasn’t enough to assuage those with mighty Spyro appetites. Perhaps this latest footage will help: An extended twelve-minute delve into the remastered Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage, courtesy of PlayStation Underground.
In the clip, the game’s senior producers and art director join in the fun to talk us through the Idle Springs level. This is our first in-depth look at how the team have spruced up the second title in the trilogy, so check it out and enjoy this vibrant, colorful world in action.