The Spyro Reignited Trilogy has been officially announced. It’s coming to PS4 and Xbox One in September, with a rumoured Switch release coming later. Along with the announcement, a Spyro Reignited Trilogy trailer has been released.
That means that the post on Reddit which showed parts of the logo and claimed the trailer would be released today was right. Well done.
You can watch this trailer below.
The Spyro Reignited Trilogy trailer is called the ‘All Scaled up Reveal Trailer’ and describes the remastered collection as follows.
Spyro’s back and he’s all scaled up! Same sick burns, same smoldering attitude, now all scaled up in stunning HD. Spyro is bringing the heat like never before in the Spyro Reignited Trilogy game collection.
Rekindle the fire with the original three games, Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage! and Spyro: Year of the Dragon.
Explore the expansive realms, re-encounter the fiery personalities and relive the adventure in fully remastered glory. Because when there’s a realm that needs saving, there’s only one dragon to call.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy Trailer
Along with the release of the trailer, a post on the PlayStation Blog by Toys for Bob Design Director Toby Schadt reveals more details about the game.
Schadt writes that Toys for Bob has been inspired by Spyro since the first game was released.
Back in 1998, the very first Spyro the Dragon was an inspiration to us. The level design, the controls, the art style, the humor, the music, the sense of discovery – it was groundbreaking in so many ways.
There’s no getting around the fact that the feisty purple dragon is one of the most important and influential heroes in 3D platformer history
Toys for Bob has some experience with Spyro having used him in some Skylanders titles. Schadt writes that it’s a real honour for Toys for Bob to work on the Spyro Reignited Trilogy.
He also mentions how much of a motivating factor the love fans have for Spyro is.
Remaking a Classic Game
Unlike creating a new game, remaking one is an entirely different process. Schadt writes that “The real challenge lies in how to remaster a beloved classic in such a way that is true to the spirit and feel of the original while also maximizing fidelity and integrating quality-of-life improvements that modern players expect.”
Remaking Spyro must have proved a significant challenge in that regard. Spyro was first released in 1998 and games have changed significantly since then.
However, Schadt says that Toys for Bob wanted to make everything feel just as it did originally.
In the interest of getting the feel right, one of the first things we agreed upon internally was that Spyro’s original movement metrics — speeds and accelerations for walking, running, jumping, charging, gliding, flying, swimming, hovering, and more – should be matched as closely as possible.
Toys for Bob also worked hard to ensure that the levels and worlds in Spyro Reignited Trilogy “would require the dimensions and collision details of the world geometry to come very close to matching the originals.” That way, the gameplay would feel very similar.
Schadt was keen to point out that the worlds in the remaster “utilize considerably more polygons than their 1998 counterparts.”
One of the most incredible tools Toys for Bob used when developing the Spyro Reignited Trilogy is Spyroscope.
This tool was developed in-house at Toys for Bob and can extract data from the original games for developers to use in the remaster. Schadt describes Spyroscope as something magical.
“This internally developed tool sends fairies into the original games who convert game details into a format that designers can easily interpret, allowing for extremely accurate game object placement and motion.
“Ultimately, we were also able to leverage many of the original assets such as level models, level collision, animated objects, character models, music, game text, and game sounds through a combination of other in-house tools and a few payments to Moneybags.”
It’s obvious a lot of care and dedication has gone into creating the Spyro Reignited Trilogy and we look forward to more updates in the future.
The Spyro Reignited Trilogy will be available for PS4 and Xbox One on September 21, 2018.