PS4 patch 1.03, Xbox One patch 1.02 adds subtitles to all cutscenes in the Spyro Reignited Trilogy.
Shortly after its release, we wrote about an issue with the otherwise well-received Spyro Reignited Trilogy: the lack of subtitles during cutscenes. Activision released the following statement which, frankly, said very little at all:
“When Toys For Bob set out to make an awesome game collection, there were certain decisions that needed to be made throughout the process. The team remained committed to keep the integrity and legacy of Spyro that fans remembered intact. The game was built from the ground up using a new engine for the team (Unreal 4), and was localized in languages that had not previously been attempted by the studio. 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.”
Essentially, that’s somewhere between “nobody is making us do it, so why would we bother?” and “it wasn’t in the original, so we’re not paying the developer to add it in” and in 2018/2019, that’s simply not acceptable.
Based on that response, it sounded like protestations were falling on deaf ears. But perhaps seeking some goodwill following a stinking heap of negative publicity around redundancies following record profits, Activision has today announced a new patch for Spyro Reignited Trilogy – version 1.03 on PS4, or 1.02 on Xbox One – that adds the missing subtitles to all cutscenes.
Here are the details from the latest 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
- Coloured text for improved character association in most languages
- Subtitle on/off toggle added under the Options menu
The latest update to Spyro Reignited Trilogy also adds a number of bug fixes and quality of life improvements, including the option turn off motion blur in the camera options menu. That in itself is another victory for making a game more comfortable and accessible for everyone to play.
But the key takeaway here is that the Spyro Reignited Trilogy finally has subtitles in all cutscenes. Took your time, Activision.