I appreciated Crash Team Rumble. I even stated as a lot on this very web site when the brawler MOBA launched again in June. But man, seeing them add Spyro, Crash’s flying, fire-breathing, OG PlayStation platformer up to date to the roster simply makes me want we had a brand new Spyro the Dragon recreation.
Spyro is ready to hitch Crash, Catbat, and most of the bandicoot’s different mates and foes in Crash Team Rumble when its third season, titled All Fired Up, launches on December 7. The purple dragon joins Ripto (one of many sequence’ villains, who was unusually added earlier than the hero himself within the second season) as a visitor character, alongside Elora, the guiding fawn companion from the unique trilogy. Not a lot is understood about how Spyro will play, however it’s curious that Crash Team Rumble has been including Spyro crossover characters, music, and cosmetics two seasons in a row, huh?
My hope is that that is extra than simply lip service and that writer Activision is definitely planning to make a substantive Spyro announcement within the close to future. Back in September, rumors of a fourth mainline Spyro recreation circulated on websites like Reddit, however the specifics of the alleged leak, equivalent to an October reveal and Spyro Reignited Trilogy remake artist Nicholas Kole being connected to the challenge, have been debunked. As enjoyable as Crash Team Rumble is, it’s not the Crash Bandicoot or Spyro recreation I would like, and I do know that sentiment rings true for lots of followers.
Even if Crash Team Rumble isn’t what followers are searching for, Activision has been investing fairly closely into Crash Bandicoot because it had a mushy reboot with the Crash N. Sane Trilogy in 2017. That assortment remade Naughty Dog’s first three Crash video games for contemporary programs, then Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled adopted in 2019. Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, a brand-new platformer, launched in 2020, and was a extremely stable, difficult spin on the unique method.
Spyro the Dragon, in the meantime, has been getting scraps on this wave of OG PlayStation platformer love. The Reignited Trilogy introduced his unique three Insomniac-made video games to trendy programs with a brand new coat of paint in 2018, however it’s been 15 years because the final brand-new Spyro recreation. The little purple man has just about been relegated to a crossover cameo right here and there in Crash Bandicoot video games.
I grew up on these video games, and even when the mascot platformer has principally gone out of vogue, I’d nonetheless play a Spyro or Sly Cooper recreation in 2023. But whereas firms like to throw little references and crossovers into present video games, that hardly ever results in a brand new recreation. Spyro has been exhibiting up in Crash’s adventures for years now, and with every passing yr that he doesn’t get his personal comeback recreation, these crossovers really feel increasingly more like a carrot on a stick, main nowhere.
I’ll nonetheless most likely boot up Crash Team Rumble to play Spyro, although. So guess I ought to placed on my clown make-up.