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I’ve been excited for the Spyro Reignited Trilogy ever since it was announced.

I love the original three Spyro games, the Reignited Trilogy looks fantastic, and seems to be an ideal remake.

Then people noticed that the box art for both the PS4 and Xbox One versions say “requires content download.” Content download? What content do we have to download?

According to the official website, the second and third games.

The Spyro Reignited Trilogy will ship with Spyro the Dragon playable immediately, but you’ll need a download to play Ripto’s Rage and Year of the Dragon.

Activision told Game Informer that this will be a required update (so it shouldn’t be a download code; used copies should still be able to play all three games), but it’s unclear if you’ll be downloading the entire games or not.

(Note: This is not the same as how the N. Sane Trilogy handled it. Crash 2 & 3 needed to be installed, not downloaded. You didn’t need an Internet connection.)

I’m not fond of this decision. People without Internet access will only be able to play one of the three games, and for people with slow Internet connections (like me), the size of the download matters a lot. And of course, some people are worried that many years from now, you won’t be able to get them at all.

Patches are fine. I have nothing against day-one patches that make last-minute improvements or fix issues… but the games should be playable without an Internet connection. It’s a weird mix where you’re getting a physical copy, yet it’s partly like a digital-only game.

This does make me less inclined to get the Spyro Reignited Trilogy, depending on how big the downloads are. And that’s a shame, because I was really looking forward to it. But what do you think about this decision? If you’re getting the Spyro Reignited Trilogy, how do you feel about needing a download to play the second and third games?

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  7 Responses to “Thoughts on the Spyro Reignited Download Situation”

  1. Not a good thing. It’s annoying how so many things expect you to be online these days with all sorts of products. Because so few people are without Internet they won’t care though, small losses are acceptable even if they reflect badly upon the company and bad publicity is still publicity. And of course the faster consoles fill up, the more products they can sell. Sad times. :/

    • Yeah, it’s frustrating. You can even see it with the reactions online – lots of people came in to say it’s a non-issue because most people have Internet. I’m fine with patches and updates, and I understand digital-only games if the company doesn’t think it will sell enough to be worth a physical release, but having a physical release that needs an Internet connection to become playable? That’s just… not good.

  2. […] unlike the Spyro situation, this doesn’t bother me too much. I appreciate their reasons for doing it, the full game is […]

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