Spyro: Reignited Trilogy released to positive reviews earlier this month. The lovingly crafted remaster of the first 3 Spyro titles has allowed new players and fans of the series to re-experience Spyro’s beginnings. Now that Toys For Bob and Activision have released this remastered version, what is next? Hopefully, we see other popular franchises get the same treatment.
The thing that I personally love about the Spyro: Reignited Trilogy, is that while they remastered the graphics and fully overhauled them, they also managed to keep the level designs exactly the same. The level of detail that has gone into each level and world is stunning, and I hope we see other remasters like it. It was clear to me that the team at Toys for Bob loves Spyro, and that love shows through as you play the remaster.
While I hope we see new Spyro and Crash Bandicoot games come out now that the remastered versions have performed so well, I think there is plenty of room for these revamped versions of games people can’t really play anymore on next-gen consoles. Tons of franchises have slowly trickled off over the years that could really use a revival.
We’ve seen Indie developers try to capture that same magic with games like A Hat In Time and Yooka-Laylee, but it would be great to be able to revisit experiences from the ’90s and early 2000s with a fresh coat of paint.
In terms of what games should receive this treatment, the first game franchise that comes to mind is Ratchet and Clank. We haven’t seen a true Ratchet and Clank entry since 2013, unless you count the film adaptation that released in 2016. The Ratchet and Clank franchise is full of great worlds, filled with colorful environments, great characters, and imaginative weapons. While I would love to see a next-gen sequel that builds on the Ratchet and Clank formula, I would be very happy to play a remastered, revamped version of the originals.
Another promising option for a polished remaster would be the Sly Cooper franchise. Like the Ratchet and Clank franchise, Sly Cooper not only has an easily recognizable aesthetic, but also has memorable characters and environments. The gameplay is also vastly different from most other games of the time period, mixing stealth and platforming with action combat. It would be great to see Sly Cooper done in a next-gen engine, either in remaster form or a brand new release.
There are plenty of other franchises and games that could get this treatment as well. Banjo-Kazooie, Donkey Kong 64, Gex, maybe even other genres and things, like Darkstalkers, are just ripe for the picking in terms of remasters. I hope developers realize the value of remastering games that people can’t play on current consoles. It not only allows those of us who enjoyed the games originally to bask in our nostalgic love of them but also brings these experiences to new audiences.
I have seen so many younger gamers who never got to play Spyro originally, who love the Spyro: Reignited Trilogy. I’m also seeing people like myself, who are falling in love with the games all over again. Why not give other franchises that same revitalizing boost? Why not give people the opportunity to experience these things again, or for the very first time?
This type of remaster is something that I hope starts a trend. I want to see more developers breathe life into fan-favorite franchises. There is room for new ideas and IPs with these classics. I could go on and on about games that need a next-gen remaster, but for now, this is some food for thought. I hope developers take notice of these quality experiences, and I hope gamers pay attention to the love and attention to detail that goes into them.