Sometimes game remakes stick a little too closely to the originals, and as lovely as Spyro Reignited Trilogy was, it aped the first two games’ lack of cutscene subtitles in a way that simply doesn’t fly in the 21st century. It’s taken them four months, but a patch released yesterday has fixed this glaring omission alongside a few other tweaks.
Subtitles are now featured across all three games in cinematics that previously lacked them – to their credit in-game subtitles were present from the off, and cam localised in a number of languages. They’ve also added an option to turn off motion blur and fixed progression and stability bugs.
At the time Activision defended themselves in a ridiculously non-committal fashion, saying that “While there’s no industry standard for subtitles, the studio and Activision care about the fans’ experience especially with respect to accessibility for people with different abilities, and will evaluate going forward.” Thankfully they decided to do the right thing, but at the time it would have been nice to admit that they’d made a mistake.
Anyway, here’s the patch notes:
- Added subtitles in all languages (across all three games) for previously unsupported cinematics, including:
- Character headers to identify active speakers
- Succinct line splits for readability
- Colored text for improved character association in most languages
- Subtitle on/off toggle added under the Options menu
- Added an option to toggle motion blur on/off under the Options → Camera menu
- Fixed progression and completion bugs impacting Wizard Peak, Hurricos, Fracture Hills, Lost Fleet, Fireworks Factory, and Charmed Ridge
- Fixed camera bugs in Sgt. Byrd’s Base and Dino Mines
- Stability improvement fix in Spider Town
- Additional misc. bug-fixes and improvements impacting Glimmer and Ripto’s Arena