A new campaign has recently appeared online and has caught my attention to bring back Spyro the Dragon; one of the most iconic video game characters to Sony Computer Entertainment.
The campaign which has been online for a few months now on petition website change.org is aiming to get enough supporters to get Sony Computer Entertainment to acknowledge the fans wishes and to hopefully bring everybody’s favorite purple dragon back to the console that made him so well known.
The petition was created by a Spyro the Dragon fan page on Facebook called Spyro HD Collection who have been trying to raise awareness on bringing back this iconic character for a few years now. As of the time of typing; The campaign has received a total of 215 supporters but is still quite a way off achieving it’s goal of 1000 supporters and will need more of the world’s Spyro fans to make their voices heard to make this true gaming icon return.
Spyro the Dragon first appeared on our consoles in late 1998 and has since appeared across 4 different console generations with his most recent appearance being in the Skylanders series from Activision with a new appearance which has since become rather controversial among Spyro fans. The character has been rumored to be returning to Sony now for quite some time alongside his rival on PlayStation; Crash Bandicoot with rumors in 2012 suggesting that Spyro would join Crash in the mascot brawler; PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale however neither character appeared. Reports started to surface earlier last year that Spyro the Dragon had a project in development which was ultimately cancelled for unknown reasons however as the concept art above shows, the project would’ve featured levels set in a dream world.
In a set of interviews in July 2014, Sony Computer Entertainment CEO; Andrew House said that Sony were considering attempting to bring back both Spyro the Dragon and Crash Bandicoot saying that these iconic characters are “Never off the table” and that we “Shouldn’t close the door on that one just yet”. This could mean that Sony in this time have possibly bought back or have attempted to purchase the rights to both franchises and with rumors ripe at the moment that a Crash Bandicoot revival could appear at E3 2016; It could be possible we may be seeing Spyro again soon. In addition to Andrew House, In the September of 2014; Insomniac Games CEO; Ted Price stated that making a new Spyro the Dragon could be a possibility for the future when he said “Activision has done a great job with Spyro. They resurrected him and, in my opinion, Skylanders is still about Spyro. It’s got the same aesthetic, the same broad appeal and they’ve done a great job of bringing that character and his world to a brand new set of fans. That’s very hard to do in an age where a lot of games are darker and grittier. We’ll always love Spyro. I’ve learnt to say ‘never say never’ so… who knows?”
If you are interested in helping the cause; Please feel free to click the link below and sign the petition and hopefully together we can bring back a classic gaming icon.
So what do you think? Would you love to see Spyro the Dragon make a return? What is your favorite Spyro memory? Would you like Insomniac Games to make a new Spyro game? Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.