2018 was a very good year for Spyro fans. Not only did we get a complete remake of the original trilogy, but like the Crash Bandicoot Trilogy before it, developer Toys for Bob and publisher Activision did a really great job of bringing the games back. They managed to perfectly encapsulate the nostalgia of the games while bringing them into the modern day. I really enjoyed my play through and gave it a “Great 8/10”.
Unfortunately, they did make one pretty big misstep: subtitles were not available during the game’s cinematic cutscenes. While it may not seem like a big deal for everyone, the internet was not happy. And justifiably so. Not only do many players enjoy enabling subtitles as a matter of personal preference, but other gamers who are deaf or hard of hearing (amongst others) depend on subtitles as their sole method of engaging with dialogue (and therefore story) in their games. So it is even more important that these are available during narrative cutscenes. Activision did respond back in November – however, the response was very non-committal.
Happily, the latest update (PlayStation 4 Patch 1.03 and Xbox One Patch 1.02) contains some good news. Not only have some pesky bugs been squashed, but Motion Blur is also now optional and best of all subtitles are now included. According to Activision:
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
Coloured text for improved character association in most languages
It’s been a little slow in coming – but we’re really happy this has now been sorted out.