Spyro Reignited: 10 facts you need to know about the little purple dragon

Spyro is back in 2018 and gaming fans are eagerly awaiting the return on the dragon with the Spyro Reignited Trilogy.

Ahead of the game’s release date on the 21st September which will see Spyro in full HD glory, we did some investigating to find out more about the little roast monster.

Did you know he was originally supposed to be green? And that a NASA scientist was part of the Spyro development team?

Here are 10 facts about the original game ahead of the new Spyro game for 2018. 

What you need to know about the original Spyro

1. His original name

Back when Insomniac Games were initially developing Spyro the Dragon, the character was affectionately known as Pete.  

2. Spyro was supposed to be green

As well as being named Pete, the original dragon was also green. 

Interestingly enough, the developers at Insomniac were worried he would blend in with the grass, which is when he received his wonderful purple colouring. 

3. And, he was supposed to be an adult 

Instead of the mischievous youthful dragon we all know and love, Insomniac Games originally positioned Spyro as an adult. 

Thankfully, they changed their minds. 

4. The science behind the Spyro glide

The Spyro glide is one of the best parts of the game, with the little dragon having the ability to glide around the whole game.

But, do you know the science behind getting the glide right? In order to ensure this movement was as authentic as possible, Insomniac hired a NASA rocket scientist who used his training in flight control to get the glide just right. 

5. The game’s levels were inspired from different films

There are over 100 levels in the original Spyro game, each with different themes to ensure they feel different from one another. But. did you know many of the levels were inspired by different films?

For instance, Apocalypse Now inspired The Beast Makers Hub level. Star Wars served as the inspiration for Cliff Town and numerous other levels paid homage to the Indiana Jones series.

6. Spyro has since changed developers

Insomniac Games was the original studio behind Spyro but the game has found a new home for the Spyro Reignited Trilogy.

Toys For Bob is the new developer home for the next iteration of the game, the team behind the original Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure, released in 2011. 

7. The secret unveiling

Way back before the original game was released, there was a secret demo for Spyro the Dragon hidden in Crash Bandicoot.

In homage to this, there is also a secret way to watch the Spyro Reignited Trilogy trailer hidden in Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy.

If you have a PlayStation 4, and live in Europe, Australia or Latin America, load up the Crash Bandicoot 3 title screen and enter the code: ↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → square to load the new trailer.

8. The musical genius behind Spyro 

Music is always a huge part of gaming, as it completes the storytelling of the game with mournful moments as well as building the suspense in tense times. 

Stewart Copeland created the progressive-rock themed score for the original Spyro game and it received critical acclaim. The Spyro Reignited Trilogy re-images Copeland’s original soundtrack from the first three games.

Copeland’s son Patrick used to love playing the game so much that he later went on to work for Insomniac Games. 

9. The voice of Spyro 

Whilst Tom Kenny wasn’t the original voice for Spyro, he did a splendid job as the voice actor in the later games, Ripto’s Rage and Year of the Dragon. 

Kenny is also returning as the voice of the dragon in the Spyro Reignited Trilogy. 

10. Spyro the Dragon is 20 years old this year 

Yep, that’s right. The original Spyro the Dragon game was released in 1998, on Sony’s PlayStation console. 

The new Spyro Reignited Trilogy will restore the genius of the original games and upgrade it for 2018’s consoles so you can re-live your favourite parts of the game in HD. 


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