When Spyro Reignited Trilogy was being teased, fans were going wild. Spyro is one of those cherished franchises that fosters fond memories and great feelings of nostalgia.
Being a trilogy of classic games, players have spent years playing, dissecting and learning everything there is to know about Spyron Reignited Trilogy.
However, there is always trivia and tidbits for fans to learn. Activision and Toys for Bob have compiled a list of interesting facts about Spyro and Spyro Reignited Trilogy.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy
The first fact, although not a big secret, is that Spyro is 20-years old this year. Originally released in 1998, Spyro The Dragon was available on PlayStation and was the first adventure for the little purple dragon.
With Spyro Reignited Trilogy being released later this year, it’s a nice way to celebrate his twentieth birthday.
While he’s known as Spyro, his original name was Pete. The reasons his name was changed from Pete to Spyro is unknown, but thankfully it was as Spyro is a much better name. Plus, there’s already Pete’s Dragon, which could have been confusing.
In addition to having a different name, Spyro was also originally supposed to be green. However, due to the low-resolution graphics of the day, and the smaller range of colours, the development team at Insomniac feared he would blend in with the grass.
Thus, Spyro was changed from green to purple.
In the first game of Spyro Reignited Trilogy, the main antagonist, Gnasty Gnorc, sends his hordes of gnorcs to terrorise the land.
Gnorcs are a combination of gnomes and orcs and not just orcs as some fans may believe.
One of the truly remarkable facts that Activision and Toys for Bob have shared about Spyro Reignited Trilogy is that Spyro’s glide is powered by rocket science. When Spyro was released in 1998, it was revolutionary that he was able to glide around the world map.
To make the gliding authentic and feel right, Insomniac worked with a NASA scientist with experience in flight control. Together, they made the glide look and feel right and like it would in the real world.
Spyro the Dragon
What some fans may not know is that each of the levels in Spyro Reignited Trilogy was originally inspired by classic cinema. For example, Beast Makers Hub was inspired by Apocalypse Now while Cliff Town was inspired by Star Wars.
How many others can you spot?
Something that fans may be keen to know is that all characters who originally appeared in the games will appear in Spyro Reignited Trilogy. The characters who were playable will be playable again.
This includes Hunter, Elora, the Professor, Zoe, Sheila the Kangaroo, Sgt. Byrd, Bentley the Yeti, and Agent 9.
Across the three original games, there were over 100 levels for players to explore and complete. This means that when Spyro Reignited Trilogy is released later this year, players will once again have over 100 levels to play.
Some classic levels included in the originals are Skelos Badlands and Fireworks Factory. These will be making a welcome return to show new players just what platforming should be.
Cute Purple Guy
Fans of the original PlayStation games will know that the original voice actor for Spyro was replaced in the latter two games. Tom Kenny, famous for playing SpongeBob, Heffer in Rocko’s Modern Life and Ice King in Adventure Time, voiced Spyro in the second and third games.
He will be returning to the role in Spyro Reignited Trilogy.
In addition to the revolutionary gliding mechanics, the enemies in Spyro Reignited Trilogy were ahead of their time on release. Games in that time had enemies with one simple function. However, in Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Insomniac worked to create enemies that would react to Spyro.
These enemies would target him, follow him and generally react to his appearance in the world.
Finally, Spyro was originally designed to be an adult dragon but was changed to a younger version prior to release. Thankfully, Insomniac decided to go with the youthful version because I just can’t see loving Spyro as much if he was an old, wise dragon.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy is coming to PS4 and Xbox One on September 21, 2018.