Crash and Spyro have been intertwined even in the late 90s (they put a demo of each other’s next game on the discs), and this trend seems to continue.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time got an artbook. According to this tweet, Activision Blizzard and Toys for Bob have hidden two things. The image is concept art for Frank’s Plump Wieners Kioskbot in The [email protected] Dimension. However, below, among the skyscrapers, we see a hologram for a familiar purple dragon, and the text near him seems to say Spyro 4.
„In the far background is Dingo’s Diner, and Crash is trying to get there. This is a takeout where cars drive through, and Crash is jumping between the cars that are having their orders taken. It was fun to combine Dingo’s Diner with the futuristic element, to have those cars flying with the city down below… and a little hint at Spyro,” Brun Croes, Toys for Bob’s artist, wrote in the blurb. If that isn’t a blatant hint at the return of Spyro, then nothing is.
Spyro’s reimagined look looks pretty good judging by the image, and it’s not hurting us to admit that Crash’s redesign is also solid. Both of them look much better than what we have seen during the Skylanders series (a competitor to Disney Infinity, requiring you to buy toys on top of the video games…), where Spyro has been banished for several years. Netflix’ Skylanders Academy series has also ended after three seasons. The purple dragon, who debuted on the PS1 along with Crash, got nothing more than guest appearances in mobile games, or in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled.
After Spyro Reignited Trilogy, the three remastered PS1 games, it looks like we’ll get a new title with the number four in its title, which will ignore everything from the PS2 era onwards. And we can appreciate that – Activision Blizzard seems to have noticed that such old-school games still have the charm and success.
The first official hint for “Spyro 4” is here! The #Crash4: It’s About Time Art Book has a quote which confirms the hint.
— Spyro Universe 💎 (@SpyroUniverse) December 7, 2020
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