Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a collection that I’m anxious to get my hands on. I’ve been a fan of Spyro The Dragon since I first played the game on a PlayStation 1 demo disc. While I never owned a single installment in the franchise, I would often rent copies of the games from my local Blockbuster Video. While I’m still excited for Spyro Reignited Trilogy to launch on September 21st, Activision’s wording on the advertisement for the collection has me concerned.
Twitter user Wario 64 tweeted that “the 2nd and 3rd games for Spyro Reignited Trilogy requires Internet download.” Going by this tweet, it’s safe to assume that the disc only includes Spyro The Dragon and that the other games are simply downloads. According to Destructoid an Activision rep said that updates are common after buying a game. “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.” While Activision responded to the site’s inquiry, the quote leaves more questions than answers.
Will the games be on the disc? Will players just be required to download a day one patch? There are a lot of vague details given, and that’s troubling. While Internet access is standard in most households, apartments, and dorms, not everybody has access to the Internet. When I was a college student (almost a decade ago), my dorm had minimal Internet access. I needed to rely on single player video games, and download patches when I went home on the weekends. Think about the people who don’t have the luxury that is the Internet. If a parent buys their child, Spyro Reignited Trilogy as a gift, only to find out that they can’t actually play Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage, and Spyro: Year of the Dragon, that would be unfortunate.
Advertisements can be deceiving. I doubt that a random employee at Target or Best Buy will tell a customer that the game requires Internet. Someone shopping on Amazon may not see the notification on the box. I’ll be getting the game digitally, so this doesn’t apply to me, but as someone who spent years collecting physical media, these are crucial details that I would love to know about.
Activision’s other recent collection, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, had all three games on the disc. It’s clearly not out of the realm of possibility for the same treatment to be given to Spyro Reignited Trilogy. Were the discs printed before the other games were completed? I wish Activision were more transparent with the consumer, but we probably won’t get an answer before the September launch.
It’s likely that most Xbox One owners will have Internet access, and can, therefore, play all of the games in Spyro Ignited Trilogy. What about the people who can’t get on the Internet? What happens if there are Xbox Live issues when someone buys the game, and then they are locked out of content? Depending on the size of the files, what if someone wants to bring the game to a friend’s house but has to install the files for each game individually? There’s a sense of convenience when all of the games are included on the disc.
Activision is setting a dangerous precedent when it comes to collections on consoles. I’m (surprisingly) concerned that the game will succeed. Vague descriptions of what comes in a collection should not be rewarded. If Spyro Reignited Trilogy sells well, we can expect to see this done in the future. I’m not saying to boycott the collection when it launches next month, but it doesn’t hurt to voice your opinions to Activision. Let them know how you feel. As a fan of the franchise, I’m upset at the way this release is being handled. Honestly, Activision should rethink the way they distribute games. If most of the content is locked behind updates that require Internet access, the company should’ve just released the game exclusively in a digital format. I’m not sure how this news will affect sales, but unless Activision is clear with consumers, I think Spyro Reignited Trilogy will face a roadblock when it launches on September 21st.
Andrew Gonzalez is the Co-Editor-In-Chief of Xbox Enthusiast. When not writing about Xbox, he’s usually reading comics, talking about Taylor Swift, and dreaming of the perfect Jet Force Gemini Reboot. You can follow him on Twitter. @AJGVulture89