There's been rumblings for ages — and we predicted it way back in April 2017 — but finally, a Spyro HD remaster has finally been announced.
Called Spyro: Reignited Trilogy, the new collection contains the original Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! and Spyro: Year of the Dragon. It'll be available on 21st September, and it's coming to Xbox One and PS4. Yup, on the same day. None of that one-year exclusivity nonsense that we had with Crash Bandicoot.
And, from the look of the screenshots and trailer we've seen so far, it's shaping up to be a jolly fine remaster. In fact, it's not really a remaster at all, considering that development studio Toys for Bob have essentially remade the three games from the ground up. The team has faithfully remapped every level from the originals, and have redesigned the characters with "additional flair". More importantly, it's been refreshed with modern-day mechanics, working with analogue sticks and a smooth camera system.
Check out the screenshots below, provided by Activision.
The comparisons to the original game are particularly nice (click on the images to make them bigger, or right-click and save to desktop to see full resolution):
There's also a trailer, which has not yet been officially released, but as this is the internet, it's of course leaked. Activision plans to release the trailer on Monday 9th April by making it available to players of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy who enter in a cheat on the title screen. So, if you want to watch the trailer, either click play below, or wait until Monday, load up Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped and press "↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → square" on your controller. I'll leave that choice up to you.
We're excited to relive our youth with Spyro: Reignited Trilogy, getting to run around as the friendly purple dragon once again. Now we just need Croc, and our PS1-era platforming fantasies will be complete...
Spyro: Reignited Trilogy will be available on 21st September on Xbox One and PS4.