Spyro Reignited Trilogy is finally receiving a crucial feature in its latest patch, as the version 1.03. update to the game will be adding subtitles.
The lack of subtitles in Spyro Reignited Trilogy had been criticized before the game was released, prompting a response from Activision stating that they weren't a priority to the overall development of the game. It seems that Toys For Bob (the developers of the game) has finally acquiesced to the fans requests (via. Game Informer) and a subtitle toggle (as well as a motion blur option) have been added in the latest patch for Spyro Reignited Trilogy.
The patch notes for Spyro Reignited Trilogy explain that there are subtitles for every language that the game is available in, which include character headers to make it easier to identify who is speaking. The patch will also fix several bugs that halted progression, as well as improving the game's stability in Spider Town.
There is no legal requirement for games to include subtitles, but they are necessary for players with hearing disabilities. A player isn't always able to have the audio turned up on their TV (as would be the case of parents with young children) and they may not have access to headphones (especially if their computer requires proprietary hardware), which makes subtitles a necessity for their enjoyment.
There are also some players who prefer to listen to their own music or podcasts while playing a game and who only follow the story through reading text, who would also find subtitles necessary for their enjoyment.
A video game developer is not required to include subtitles in their titles, but there are some players who need them in order to be able to play a game, and they are also helpful to others who cannot play under ideal circumstances. It's good to see that Toys For Bob were able to add subtitles to Spyro Reignited Trilogy in order to make the game as accessible as possible for everyone.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy is available now for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.