Following the tremendous success of Activisions’ Crash Bandicoot’s N. Sane Trilogy, fans of the younger series, Spyro the Dragon, are holding onto their hopes that their purple little winged hero will hit consoles with his own remastered trilogy.
Spyro the Dragon was originally released back in September 1998, two years after the public met Crash Bandicoot, and the fiery dragon’s personality captured everyone’s hearts.
Released on 30th June 2017, the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy was a substantial hit. In the United Kingdom, it became the best-selling game in the week of release, which was a first for the Crash Bandicoot series, whilst later becoming the best-selling exclusive launch of the year, beating the record previously held by Horizon Zero Dawn. Since its launch in June, the wumpa fruit collecting bandicoot has held the top spot in the UK physical copy charts for six weeks, making it the Number 1 ps4-exclusive to have ever done so.
What does this mean for Spyro?
After the release of the N. Sane Trilogy, fans are speculating that Spyro may have a relatively high chance of getting his own remakes of the original three games developed by Insomniac.
In Q2 2017, Activision Blizzard answered some questions put forward by a phone caller – who enquired about nostalgic titles.
When creating Crash, Activision knew there was going to be an audience – but didn’t actually know if there was a mass audience or just a small vocal minority that wanted the series to return. They admitted that they decided the only way to know was to release it, and take the risk. The N. Sane Trilogy ended up surpassing all expectations, proving that the risks Activision took were absolutely worth it.
It was revealed that the N. Sane Trilogy was a result of listening to the community and offering content in order to get engagement. They also revealed that they were, in the future, considering the fact that other old IP’s could be remastered.
Activision disclosed that remastering titles wasn’t something entirely new to them, looking at the Modern Warfare remaster that was released a year prior. Whilst there are no official announcements, Activision did say, “you can be confidence there will be more activity like this in the future with more IP’s”
Which IP’s are Activision going to remaster?
Now, delving into the reliable source that is Wikipedia, we can determine which IP’s Activision may be interested in remastering. If we take a quick scroll through the list, we can clearly see that there isn’t much notable to choose from. We can score out anything pre-1990, seeing as most of it is a little too far outdated to be brought back now. That is, unless, you really want to see Fishing Derby on the Atari 2600 make a comeback?
Some of the more notable titles on the list are, Quake, SiN, Tenchu, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater – and of course, Spyro the Dragon, albeit in Skylanders form.
Weighing up the original Spyro alongside these other IP’s, we can hazard a guess at which was the most universally loved out of the lot. You can bet your bunches that it ain’t Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.
Any official word?
There hasn’t been any official word from Sony, Activision, Insomniac, or any other affiliate, but that doesn’t mean that the footfall of Crash’s success wont power the public voice. Despite the fact there isn’t any concrete evidence that everyone’s favourite purple dragon is going to make a return, that doesn’t mean that Sony hasn’t noticed the uproar and demand for the trilogy remake. There’s no word more powerful than that of a fanbase, hungry for new content. Where there’s money to be made – why would Sony not be talking about this internally?
Disappointingly, E3 2017 held no further information on Spyro’s future. This doesn’t mean, however, that something isn’t already in the works.
Finally, I’ll leave you with some speculations and comments from the subreddit, /r/spyro, as written by its users:
It’s looking likely, the target market would be similar to the Crash trilogy and that did great.
The good news is that Crash is selling better than anyone expected it to. And Sonic Mania is also getting all the hype right now. It’s a very good sign that these other throwback/nostalgic games are doing well.
I really hope it works out well. I’ve been hoping Activision would do this for years.
It’s happening, I can feel it! lol
if i know anything about activision its that they love money… they would have to be insane to not do this! crash is the best selling ps4 game of 2017… thats not even factoring what it will do when it goes out on xbox or if it goes to pc or switch… spyro would do the same if not more in sales… im loving the n’sane trilogy as crash and spyro were both my childhood favorites. honestly though i prefer spyro, it is more of an open-ended adventure game as opposed to crash which is incredibly linear (still awesome tho)
I would honestly bet money at this point that it is happening, it’s just too clear at this point. They are just trying to build hype until the reveal, probably waiting until they have some sort of visual to show.