With the return of a certain bandicoot circulating throughout the gaming community, I felt inclined to make a thread on a character closely related to him…
Debuting as the titular protagonist of the 1998 PlayStation 3D platform game as well as the then-mascot of Insomniac Games, Spyro the Dragon has went on to become one of the major poster boys of just how far a video game franchise can fall. I’m not joking about that, by the way – from the broken mess that was Enter the Dragonfly, the average-at-best Legend trilogy, to the franchise’s current state as a plastic afterthought, it could be argued that Sonic has had better luck trying to have a consistent track record when it comes to games. Hell, at least a handful of his more recent games have managed to receive positive reception; nearly all of the Spyro games released from 2001 all the way to 2008 weren’t even able to garner a reception higher than “just okay”! However, that’s besides the point. With rumors spreading around that Skylanders might be facing the end of the road due to a large decline in interest of the “toys-to-life” genre, there’s one question that I honestly think needs to be addressed: If this turned out to be the case, what would Spyro’s future be?
Of course, some might argue “Oh, it’s no big deal. They’ll just make remakes of the first three games like what they’re doing with Crash”, but that at least to me, I don’t think that would be the case. When you compare Crash’s games with Spyro’s games after Naughty Dog and Insomniac respectively left them behind, there was more of a sense of desperation to keep Spyro afloat. Crash’s post-ND games, while gradually straying further and further away from the formula the original games laid down, managed to have some level of faithfulness to them nonetheless, if that makes sense. Spyro, on the other hand? Well, the reception for most of the post-Insomniac titles, one quick glance at TLOS and what Skylanders was originally going to be can really say it all, to be honest.
Going back to the topic of Skylanders potentially ending, one thing that raises more concern than anything else is just what Activision would do with Spyro following this. Would they wait a couple or so years and go back to the drawing board? Would they just lock him away in a vault, never to be seen or heard from again? Or would they just put him up for sale? Nobody knows for sure – after all this is just a rumor. So, we’ll just have to wait and see what the future holds.
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