Activision Defends Spyro Reignited Trilogy's Controversial Lack of Subtitles

Activision Defends Spyro Reignited Trilogy's Controversial Lack of Subtitles

"The team remained committed to keep the integrity and legacy of Spyro that fans remembered intact," a spokesperson said.

You would think that in 2018, subtitles would be standard in video games. Subtitles are great not just for when you want to turn down the volume and pop on a podcast, it's essential for accessibility too. Unfortunately, the Spyro Reignited Trilogy follows suit of the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy: subtitles in cutscenes are nowhere to be found. Fans, obviously, are not happy about the omission.

In a statement provided to the blog GamePitt, an Activision spokesperson illuminated on the issue. “When [the developers] 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," said the spokesperson. "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."

On the Spyro the Dragon subreddit, one of the most upvoted threads bears the headline, "We really need to raise our voices in support of subtitles being patched in." After Activision's statement clarifying that it was a conscious decision rather than an oversight, fans are taking to social media and other forums to uplift the request for better accessibility even more.

While the statement alludes to Activision being more attentive to accessibility issues in the future, there is no confirmation on if the Spyro Reignited Trilogy will amend the lack of subtitles in a patch. At the moment, subtitles only appear in-game when Spyro is talking to NPCs; in cutscenes there is no option for them. Similarly, the recent Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy has also been missing subtitles since it released in the summer of 2017. In the meantime, the remake package is still selling very well, even outselling Fallout 76 in the U.K. in terms of physical sales this past week.

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Caty McCarthy

Features Editor

Caty McCarthy is a former freelance writer whose work has appeared in Kill Screen, VICE, The AV Club, Kotaku, Polygon, and IGN. When she's not blathering into a podcast mic, reading a book, or playing a billion video games at once, she's probably watching Terrace House or something. She is currently USgamer's official altgame enthusiast.

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