If you choose to buy the new Spyro trilogy next month in physical form, you won’t be getting the three games it promises on the front cover on the disc. Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage, and Spyro: Year of the Dragon are downloads.
On Sept. 21, publisher Activision and developer Toys for Bob are set to release Spyro Reignited Trilogy on PS4 and Xbox One. The trilogy will include the first three Spyro games including Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage, and Spyro: Year of the Dragon. Each of the games has been remastered for modern consoles and HD TVs, but all is not what it seems for the physical edition.
The first three Spyro games originally released on the PlayStation, meaning they could each fit on a CD. So in 2018, even with the visuals being of a much higher quality, there should be ample space available to fit all the games on a 50GB Blu-ray disc. However, anyone buying the Spyro trilogy in September, regardless of if they choose the PS4 or Xbox One version, is going to be in for a surprise as the disc only contains the first game.
On the official website for the trilogy collection, the packaging and wording has been updated recently to state “Requires Content Download” on the box and “Games 2 and 3 require download via internet” in the site blurb. It seems a decision was taken not to burn all three games on to one disc, instead a download is required to play them.
The question is, why? Typically in these situations it comes down to time. The developer isn’t ready by the date the game disc needs to be pressed, so a day-one patch ends up being required by anyone purchasing the disc. But with the Spyro games they aren’t new, they are just updates and so this really shouldn’t happen. If it has, then I’m sure many gamers would argue the release date should be pushed back rather than not shipping the games on the disc.
As it stands right now, purchasing a physical copy of Spyro Reignited Trilogy requires an internet connection to play fully. And while I know that we all have easy access to the internet in 2018, that doesn’t make decisions like this any less infuriating and, in my view, wrong. Physical copies should include the content the front cover promises without any caveats.