Spyro, Crash tag-teaming consoles, handhelds again

Sierra's airborne-reptile trilogy wraps this fall with Dawn of the Dragon on 360, PS3, PS2, Wii, DS; marsupial practicing Mind Over Mutant on 360, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS.

In March, the writing appeared to be on the wall for Sierra Entertainment. According to a report on Variety's gaming blog, the long-standing publisher was in store for significant shake-up as a result of the impending $18.9 billion merger between its parent company, Vivendi Games, and Santa Monica-based megapublisher Activision. Two Sierra stalwarts evidently not to be affected by any reevaluation are Spyro and Crash Bandicoot, given that the publisher announced today a new game in each of the series.

Crash is quite literally out of his mind.

With Radical Entertainment looking to finish off the violent Prototype this fall, the developer is targeting the same release window for its family-friendly Crash Bandicoot: Mind Over Mutant. As is evident from the title, franchise antagonist Neo Cortex has devised a mind-control device, and is using it to dominate the will of monster and marsupial alike in a bid to take over the world.

Mind Over Mutant will introduce a number of new elements to the long-running platforming series. In addition to an open-world design, Crash can now climb and dig, and the bandicoot's sister, Coco, can be played in co-op mode. Mind Over Mutant will be released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii, and Nintendo DS.

Spyro, looking triumphant.

Etranges Libellules will be wrapping up its Legend of Spyro trilogy with Dawn of the Dragon on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PS2, and Wii, with a DS version also in development at Tantalus Interactive. In this final installment in the Legend of Spyro story arc, the titular purple dragon will face off against the nefarious Dark Master in a final showdown, allying with former adversary Cynder in the process. The series adds two new play mechanics: Spyro can now take to the sky at will, and players can now take advantage of two-player co-op as either Spyro or Cynder in the game's single-player mode.

As with previous installments in the series, Sierra has spared no expense landing celebrity voice talent for the series, and Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings, Flipper) and Gary Oldman (The Professional, Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night) will reprise their roles in the game. Wood and Oldman will be joined by a number of other Hollywood stars, including Christina Ricci (Monster, That Darn Cat), Blair Underwood (L.A. Law, Malibu's Most Wanted), Mark Hamill (Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Guyver), and Wayne Brady (Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Don't Forget the Lyrics).

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NYrockinlegend
NYrockinlegend

So is the Dawn of the Dragon the LAST Spyro game to be ever created?! As for Crash, his ending seems like it'll happen soon, but if Spyro doesn't go out with a BANG, it will probably be forgotten due to the next-gen games that now surpass it. As for these two games, Crash- not likely to succeed, and Spyro- well, third time may be the charm here, and hopefully, this time, they get it right. It had promising gameplay and storyline for the past two games, but alas, it just didn't work, or it was executed poorly. As for Crash Bandicoot, WHY is it STILL not for PS3?! IMO, they should remake the Crash Bandicoot series just like they did with Spyro, but I guess that's not going to happen, and Crash will probably die out soon.

DarkProwl
DarkProwl

Okay, a few things. First: a reviewer's opinion is not your own, unless of course you are that reviewer. Second, if Crash went in the same direction it went all those years ago, it'd be stale as a one year old loaf of bread. You should give them props because they're trying to do something new. Third, your childhood is most likely long gone, so stop looking back on the old days (as good as they were) and look forward to the future. Fourth, A NEW CHARACTER DESIGN DOES NOT MAKE A GAME BAD. And lastly, have any of you already doubting this game played the last game? Or were you too close-minded and kept whining for Naughty Dog to come back? Guess what? THEY'RE NOT. GET OVER IT. Things can change in the blink of an eye, so just learn to adapt to them.

rannaru
rannaru

i think that the new spyro models gave him a braver face in the first games he seemed a bit cocky. and crash looks like a live roadkill. I don't care about their looks actually cuz ive been a spyro and crash fan for like my whole life ROCK ON SPYRO AND CRASH!!!

spider-manfan45
spider-manfan45

crash still has a chance to com clean. but syro's last three games really sucked. and the last bad crash game th@ sucked was boom bang.

s7aTyC
s7aTyC

you're just a bunch of haters ! We all know that Crash bandicoot isn't the same game anymore, but hey, Crash of the Titans was pretty solid game. Of course it' wasn't better than any PS1 crash game but it was atleast a FUN game. I didn't played any Spyro game on the PS2, but i also think they're quite good. Stop the hating, please !

is0lati0n
is0lati0n

Lol. A Crash Bandicoot re-make NOT with Naughty Dog? Count me out.

Gamer-XZ
Gamer-XZ

It's really hard to see two great mascots slowly die out ever since the separation from their original creators, hopefully Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon will end up okay, as for Crash...I just dont know.

Artemios
Artemios

spyro looks great, but crash bandicoot lost its touch. at least that's what i think. the character design isn't as funny as the first bandicoot games. it's too childish. spyro though, looks pretty good!

Kekira
Kekira

Hopefully Spyro can go out with a bang...that design for hisl ast few games sucked compared with his original design.

Rhen_Var
Rhen_Var

Screw it, the good days are gone. The good Spyro and Crash games are a thing of the past! DAMN IT ALL!!!

Franzkill
Franzkill

@GANGSTASAN - Err sorry to say it but they kinda were lol. @mjc - You don't really have to state the obvious do you? @ctg867 - Well you sure as hell cared enough to come to this news report and post a comment didn't you?

Dualmask
Dualmask

I guess Spyro and Crash games are more profitable than I thought.

ctg867
ctg867

Anybody care anymore? I sure as hell don't.

LordGavo
LordGavo

what happened to naughty dog?!?!?

daxternator64
daxternator64

The new spyro with the hobbit guy sucks but crash is a little better. Naughty Dog and Insomniac 4ever!!

Gameboy2k
Gameboy2k

Oh Yeah, Mark Hamil... he did the Joker on Batman: The Animated Series on Fox. I cant believe it was him until I read the credits. Oh, and Wayne Brady.... The funniest thing he ever did was on the Chappelle show where he made Dave C. cry like a beeeoch when taking him out on a nite on the town.

Gameboy2k
Gameboy2k

Hopefully I have as much fun as I did with Ratchet and Clank.

Yo-gan
Yo-gan

@ sun_spirit, i really enjoy the Jak Trilogy, but other that them ive never even heard of a new game Naughty dog relased since they sold the rights to Crash :|

GANGSTASAN
GANGSTASAN

Hate it when people say that they were only good when Insomaniac had them

Marcster1994
Marcster1994

This better be Crash and Spyro's big break!

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

spyro brings good childhood memories.

sun_spirit
sun_spirit

Crash & Spyro - always the best on PlayStation! Yeah! Playstation one, and nothing else. When Naughty Dog sold the rights to Crash, and Insomniac sold the rights to Spyro, they BOTH went downhill. Have you honestly enjoyed ANY of their new games??? *silence* I thought so...

Sony_Loyalist
Sony_Loyalist

Crash & Spyro - always the best on PlayStation!

videogameking26
videogameking26

New Sypro and Crash awesome!!!!!...as a big platformer fan I'm really happy

hobotech64
hobotech64

How dare they not mention Mark Hamill's most famous and unforgettable movie appearance: Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

FAcorp
FAcorp

I really don't think that Spyro or Crash well be any good with out Insomniac or Naughty dog, I just don't see it.

Maersyndel
Maersyndel

Crash...... Prototype looks interesting.......with any luck they'll use a bit of their creativeness on Crash as well. Not since Naughty Dog were making them have they been that good.

Grim_Wolf88
Grim_Wolf88

Tis sad to see some of my favorite childhood favorites got down the drain. Crash was sweet in his first four games [counting the cart racer] and in Twinsanity he gave his last decent performance. Spyro was nice too and A Heros Tail was his last good game IMO.

bigJimguy
bigJimguy

Spyro should of stay on playstation but ,anyway its good to see that they are making Spyro games still

Superdude475
Superdude475

Wow, I wonder how much they spent on those celebrities.

BloodMist
BloodMist

Wow, it's incredible that these constantly medicore series are still going on.They shoulda died a long, long time ago.

scubastevewilco
scubastevewilco

For me, Crash and Spyro ended after Naughty Dog and Insomniac let go of the titles respectively.

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

Crash is a bumdart, but I've always been a big Spyro fan (him second only to Ratchet & Clank in the adventure dept). I can't wait for the new Spyro!

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

When the original developers left, so did the fun. I miss the old games.

yeah_write
yeah_write

Jak and Ratchet > Crash and Spyro

ULTIMATEZWARRIO
ULTIMATEZWARRIO

so basically they betrayed their native playstation but oh well they stopped being fun once insomniac and naughty dog left

Bren128
Bren128

sierra go make a drakan sequel please, that was at least a good game

sir_simon77
sir_simon77

wow whos the idiot that didnt put star wars with mark hamill....im pretty sure thats a little bit bigger then some batman cartoon and guyver (?)

Latinbro1
Latinbro1

spyro and crash stopped being fun for me after insomniac and naughty dog left universal and those properties behind.

Panzeram
Panzeram

The new Spyro will be on everything but the PSP, that sucks

Kenaue
Kenaue

Thank you Sierra for whoring out and absolutely destroying what used to be two phenomenal series.

supersonicGO
supersonicGO

these games gotta help poor the poor little bandicoot and dragon, though crash may need more help.

thepwninator
thepwninator

Wow. It didn't list Star Wars in the things Hamill's acted in... Oh, the irony...

b1ack5nake
b1ack5nake

Indeed... Crash hasn't been the same since the Naughty Dog days

Bart247
Bart247

Altair1337: I do agree. Back on the PS1, Crash and Spyro were big hits.

Altair1337
Altair1337

Crash Bandicoot and Spyro were some of my favorite games when I was a kid. And the newer games havent been very fun. Crash Bandicoot needs to return to how it was during the PS1 era. And same to Spyro.

VenomRitual
VenomRitual

raver . mark hamil is an amazing voice actor though. anything he voices over is amazing. Just look what he did for DC's joker.