The Spyro Reignited Trilogy collects the three original Spyro games in a single remastered collection similar to the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. However, new details on the Spyro remastered website reveals that only the first game will be available on disc, and the two other games need to be downloaded afterwards. Activisiton said that this is quite common for modern games.
"As with most games today, downloading an update after purchase is quite common. The language on packaging and on the web is to let players know the requirements for Spyro Reignited Trilogy."
Earlier today fans discovered a small print detail on the Spyro remastered website that said that "Games 2 and 3 require download via internet." Games 2 and 3 presumably refer to Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage and Spyro: Year of the Dragon. The download requirement is apparently true for both the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game.
Activision's statement doesn't necessarily confirm or deny the small print message but considering that the small print message is still on the website it's probably safe to say that the Spyro Reignited Trilogy won't come complete on disc at launch.
Activision is correct though, this is a regular practice in modern video games though it's mostly common in episodic games. Usually only the first episode of a multi-part episodic game series is packed in with a physical disc. Later episodes are downloaded afterwards once they're released.
While a Nintendo Switch version for Spyro Reignited Trilogy hasn't been confirmed yet, but there have been potential leaks that a Switch version is in the works. If this is true, and the Switch version also requires additional downloads, it could be a problem for the Switch's limited memory.
Check out our Spyro Reignited Trilogy guide for the latest news, release info, and details on Switch rumors.