Everyone’s favourite purple dragon is making a comeback later this year. And if you’re keen on that, then maybe you’d like to see how the remastered trilogy is shaping up.
Some footage of Idol Springs, a level from Spyro 2, has been uploaded overnight. It’s a good opportunity to see all the remastered texture work, including the soft grass, Spyro’s animations while swimming, and the neat tidbit that every Foreman apparently has a name starting with B.
The developers didn’t have access to the original assets, so they built a tool called SpyroScope that would let them extract the original level meshes, placements and character pathing. That’s actually a staggering accomplishment — across three games — although you’d never know it looking at the end result.
That said, fans of the original might notice some tweaks to animations and other bits and pieces: the Toys for Bob team maintained the spirit and animations of the characters, but some liberties were taken to make things “more fun and playful”.
Case in point: one of the idols has a barbeque for the top of their head. After all, they’re swinging a stick with a marshmallow on it: why wouldn’t they also have a BBQ? For the most part, however, the remaster is pretty reverential.
Spyro: Reignited Trilogy is due out on September 21, landing on PS4 and Xbox One.