After 18 years of hurt, Spyro the Dragon is coming back to consoles later this year with the ‘Reignited Trilogy’, a remastered collection of the first three games in the series.
However, it looks like fans are going to be waiting a little while longer to get their claws into the second and third title when it launches in August.
Thanks to some eagle-eyed spotting from Twitter gaming news maverick Wario64, the box art for the games physical release states that Spyro Reignited Trilogy “requires content download.”
This means that whilst you’ll be able to play Spyro the Dragon immediately upon launch, both Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage and Spyro: Year of the Dragon will have to be downloaded from the storefront of your chosen console.
Following a request for comment, publisher Activision confirmed that this was indeed the case to Game Informer. “As with most games today, downloading an update after purchase is quite common. The language on packaging and on the web is to let players know the requirements for Spyro Reignited Trilogy.”
Redditors over on /r/Spyro have taken umbrage with Activision’s decision, relating it to Konami’s P.T, which vanished from the PS4 DRM and is now only playable on consoles that have the game downloaded prior. The last two titles could certainly go the way of the dodo once the PS4 storefront servers are inevitably axed decades into the future.
It appears to be particularly problematic for those who want to ‘physically own’ the game, as the digital versions of the two other titles make this impossible to ensure that you can keep it. If you trade in your system or it breaks, you may lose the data.
What makes this even more worrying is the fact that Activision isn’t estranged from removing games from storefronts. Back in December 2017, they wiped a number of Transformers games from Steam and PlayStation Network.
The silver lining is that this often only occurs with licensed games like Spider-Man, Deadpool and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to name a few. Hopefully, with Spyro under Activision’s wing, we won’t have to consider losing the Reignited Trilogy in the future.
We may get further clarification on this as we move towards the release date of Spyro Reignited Trilogy, which is dropping this August 21, 2018.