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If you’ve been wondering what the Skylanders developers, Toys for Bob, have been up to, here you go. Activision Blizzard and Toys for Bob have announced the Spyro Reignited Trilogy, containing HD remasters for the original trilogy of Spyro games. It’s coming September 21 to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
“We’re deeply passionate about staying true to the legacy of the original three Spyro games with the Spyro Reignited Trilogy,” said Paul Yan, Chief Creative Officer, at Toys For Bob. “We’ve poured a lot of love into making the personalities and worlds feel just like fans remember them, while also keeping the game collection surprisingly fresh with lush, high definition detail. We’re bringing back the Spyro we all fell in love with 20 years ago.”
The Spyro Reignited Trilogy includes over 100 levels with improved environments, controls, graphics, and cinematics. Each level has been faithfully rebuilt from the ground up, but with modern technology and improvements.
As an added bonus, the original voice actor for Spyro, Tom Kenny, will reprise his role in the Reignited Trilogy.
The original trilogy of Spyro games released in 1998-2000 on the PlayStation, making this year the 20th anniversary of the franchise. They were well-received 3D platformers during the Golden Age of the genre. The series continued into the next console generation as well as on handhelds.
Spyro then acted as the ambassador (and blueprint) for the Skylanders series, beginning with Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure in 2011. The character maintains a starring role in the Netflix animated Skylanders Academy series as well.
The Spyro Reignited Trilogy launches September 21 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It has not yet been rated, but all previous Spyro and Skylanders games were rated E for Everyone.
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Wildfest is Hearthstone’s first event in 2018, running February 19 – March 11. It focuses on the Wild format (as opposed to Standard), changing the Arena and adding new Tavern Brawls.
Beginning Feb. 19 the Arena mode will include cards that are exclusive to the Wild format. Wild includes cards from all expansions and card sets, whereas Standard only includes the most recent card sets (as well as the basic/Classic cards). Note that if you have an ongoing Arena run you’ll want to complete it before Feb. 19, as all Arena games will be automatically retired when Wildfest begins.
Wildfest will also add two new Tavern Brawls, also focusing on Wild.
Venture Into the Wild gives you a hidden, pre-constructed deck from the vast pool of cards in Wild. You can select the class, but not the cards. The decks will change each week that Wildfest is running, and allow you to play with a large variety of cards you may have never seen.
The Wild Brawliseum adds another Arena mode, requiring an entry fee of Gold or real money to enter. Players build their decks using Wild cards. Otherwise it’s the same as a standard Arena battle as you try to hit 12 wins before losing three times. The rewards are the same as a standard Arena run. The first time you play in The Wild Braliseum the entry fee is waived.
Hearthstone will be receiving some Ranked Play changes starting March 1. Read the full details here, and the biggest changes below.
- Your reset will not be based on the stars you earned over the season. Instead, you’ll reset to four ranks below the highest rank you achieved during the season.
- Players at Legend reset to rank 4, 0 stars.
- All ranks will have 5 stars.
- Starting in March, you will no longer earn the monthly card back by reaching Rank 20. Instead, you can earn each season’s card back by winning 5 games in Ranked Standard or Wild at any rank.
Hearthstone originally released in 2014 and sees several major expansions, updates, and patches each year. It’s available on PC as well as mobile devices.