The box art for the upcoming remake of the first three Spyro the Dragon games, the Spyro Reignited Trilogy, got a small tweak and update recently and though small, has revealed a bit more about what players should expect content-wise on day one. Or rather, what they shouldn’t expect…namely two of the trilogy’s three games by the looks of things. As seen on the game’s own official website, when scrolling down to the box art itself, you’ll notice that the game “requires content download”. Even more pressing is the accompanying text alongside which states that the second and third game, Ripto’s Revenge and Year of the Dragon, require download via internet.
Though day one downloads are, sadly, nothing new in modern day video games nowadays — and while this note could in fact refer to some manner of a patch, update or accompaniment to what is already on the physical disc — for those purchasing physically, it’s disappointing nonetheless to know that you’re getting isn’t in fact the whole trilogy, but rather one third of it potentially. A possible explanation could be the likely increased scope/size that the Spyro games would entail, outside of the expected jump in visual fidelity and thus, the cost to data.
Blu-Ray discs — the optical media used for PS4’s for example — come in either single-layer or dual-layer with capacity standing at 25GB and 50GB respectively. For comparison the N. Sane Trilogy, Activision’s previous attempt at remaking a beloved PlayStation trilogy of games, came in at just over 23GB on PS4. Even so, one wouldn’t think a single remade title, let alone all three, would require as much as 50GB, or even 25GB for that matter if, we’re to hypothesise, each one of the Crash titles totalled anywhere between six and eight gigabytes each. Indicating perhaps that the media used for the Reignited Trilogy may in fact be single-layer discs instead. It’s all speculation at this point in time, but we’ll keep you updated if and when we hear from Activision themselves.
It’s important to note that this also applies to the Xbox One version of the trilogy as well and is not exclusively a PS4 situation. The Spyro Reignited Trilogy releases across PS4, Xbox One & PC on September 21.