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9:48 PM - Wednesday the 26th of July, 2006 - by dark52
Another Developer Interview, this time by Sliced Gaming with Scott Laing of Amaze Entertainment. The five page interview is mainly about the DS version of The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning and talks about the features that they are implementing in it.

As well as that Scott confirms the status of the game's continuity within the series.
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NS: So, this is a prequel of sorts, right?

SL: Well, "prequel" implies that this story somehow leads up to the story presented in earlier games, but it doesn't - this story completely replaces any story that has come before. It's kind of like what Frank Miller's Dark Knight was for Batman.

I'd say this game is certainly a set-up for future titles that will come later. Unlike the early Spyro games (which are near and dear to my heart), there will be continuity and multi-title story arcs from game to game.

Also take a minute to view the first DS screenshots of the title. The screenshots have been removed, you're too slow.

And yet again, all thanks go to GnastyRatchet for finding the interview.
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#1 Neal 22:10:21 26/07/2006
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Darn, I was just on my way over to post this (the link is in my copy and paste) but I was beat to it, well ... why can't they make a prequel? This is a whole new series, a new Spyro, starting over....it is like they want us to disregard all other 13 games in favor of this. I think that is very stupid!
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#2 GnasyRatchet 22:39:34 26/07/2006
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I agree, why are they trying to erase the Spyro we all know and love and replace him with a completely new story? They could have just made it a prequel!
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#3 Neal 22:41:47 26/07/2006
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He says Spyro is near to his heart, but they are shelving the old story 100%...God, Spyro was a platformer, keep it that way, I'll play this game, but I'm going to be mad if they make it so the other 13 games never existed!

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~*Neal*~
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#4 GnasyRatchet 23:03:01 26/07/2006
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Did the link suddenly stop working for anyone else but me smilie?
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#5 Neal 23:06:11 26/07/2006
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Still works for me.
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#6 Neal 23:07:21 26/07/2006
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Oh, dark, by the way....do you have a gallery for all Japanese Spyro art? The baby spyro from STD in Japan, the art for Spyro 2, and SOI is all great, how can I get it all? Thanks...
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#7 dark52 - Spyro the Admin 23:12:56 26/07/2006
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I don't have a gallery no, but I do have the 'originals', I'll set up a page later on with them on. UPDATE: Here. Try to keep on topic here though.

It's certainly a shame that they are definately wiping the previous history but it's not really a surprise.
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#8 Neal 23:34:15 26/07/2006
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I wonder if the 'twist ending' can lvie up to my hype. It sounds great, I bet it is something like cynder is Spyro's mom, or something cliche like that. Or...it was all a dream...or, the aliens are hurt by water, Samuel L. Jackson is the nemesis, Bruce Willis is dead or.......omg...it is really 2005 and the monsters were farce!!!!

Sorry...some, lame, jokes...some of you may get it!

smilie
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#9 GnastyRatchet 02:01:08 27/07/2006
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HAHAHA! the sad part is ur probably right smilie. Games are notorious for having cliche'd endings.
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#10 Cleveland Wiltz 03:20:55 27/07/2006
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Now I know Ignitus looks like.
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#11 Neal 05:44:19 27/07/2006
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What do you mean, Cleveland Wiltz ... that Dragon isn't for sure Ignitus, so don't jump to conclusions...you may be dissapointed.
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#12 Michael 13:34:27 27/07/2006
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I can't believe they are rebooting the series. But who knows, they could remake the original games, but add new gameplay and story elements. If not that, at least they could bring characters like Hunter or The Professer, or villains like Ripto or Gnasty Gnorc, into the new continuty, with new origins and such.
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#13 Mortalinsect 17:35:37 27/07/2006
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well there is a ps3.............Spyro will have a revamped look, and we will probably be able to put clothing on him and stuff......so I am looking forward to the new spyro, but it is kind of sad if they don't go back to the old spyro games...
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#14 Neal 18:25:32 27/07/2006
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I doubt they'll remake anything, they are having a whole second series, from beginning to end, STD was the beginning of one line, ANB will be the beginning of another, STD's line had 13 games, so who knows how many this new line will have, but I doubt they'll bother to ever intermingle the two, which sucks.
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#15 Cleveland Wiltz 23:05:43 27/07/2006
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They erased the Screenshots.
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#16 SilverTwilight05 23:14:01 27/07/2006
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Yeah, I wish I got to see the screens before they were taken down. Oh well.
I'm still a bit peeved that they are changing the entire series, but I think I can live with it if the story is interesting and the gameplay is fun. What bothers me is that they really changed the way Spyro looks. His face was what put me off the most (I got used to the AHT Spyro after a bit, but the only big differences there were his eyes and back feet). This new incarnation of Spyro just looks...weird.
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#17 dark52 - Spyro the Admin 23:31:27 27/07/2006
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"sorry we have had to remove these screens by request, as they are not yet officially released."

smilie Ah well, at least some people got to see them.
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#18 Neal 00:03:28 28/07/2006
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How silly, why cant they be officially released?
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#19 ih8u2 02:48:07 28/07/2006
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Now I feel better about what I was saying before. This is non canonical. But I must say, its disapointing we couldn't learn spyro's prequel and origins from the other games. I would've rather heard those.
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#20 SilverTwilight05 02:05:10 29/07/2006
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Well, I'm not sure if its official, but in the japanese manual there was an origin story for Spyro and Sparx. I think its somewhere at: http://spyro.mozepy.com/
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#21 Nick Schaedel 10:15:48 29/07/2006
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Hey guys,

It turns out the screens we were provided by Scott hadn't actually been approved by VU Games. The interview itself was, but the screens were still embargoed, so we had to take them down. We do have the official logo, though.

http://www.slicedgaming.com/content2/title1523/the%20legend%20of%20spyro%20a%20new%20beginning%20logo2.jpg

I hope some of you saw them. I'm looking at them right now. smilie Oh, I'm such a tease. Thanks for your interest in our site. We'll be following the game right up to release, and should hopefully receive a preview copy sometime in the future.
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#22 ih8u2 15:02:53 29/07/2006
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The logo is way better up close, thanks very much.
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#23 Neal 00:13:22 30/07/2006
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The logo isn't as bad up close, no. Also off topic but dark, you don't have Grendor up on the japanese arts page, and too bad you don't have the Zoe art from the SOI site either!
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#24 dark52 - Spyro the Admin 23:27:34 31/07/2006
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Thanks for posting that Nick! It's nice to see the logo in high quality.

Neal, I've added the Grendor image to the page now but it's of a lower quality (and size) to the others as I got it from a different source and I have my doubts as to whether it's actually originally from the Japanese Season of Ice page.
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#25 Michael 09:58:57 01/08/2006
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After thinking about it, it seems right to reboot the series. Think about, the main characters all changed in AHT, in SOF Ripto came back along with Crush and Gulp, despite all three dying in GTG and with no reason for them being alive.The continuty has become just like the Crash Bandicoot continuty, all confusing and messed up.
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#26 Aeravys 14:42:20 02/08/2006
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Who says Ripto and his cohorts actually died in RR?

I don't really like this whole 'new beginning' thing. I do wonder how many more games they plan on releasing, but I guess that depends on how LoS sells.
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#27 foxfire 03:57:00 04/08/2006
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If you want my opinion on this sad matter here is what I think:

1.) The reboot is a mistake because let's face it everyone... VG screwed up the orginal Spyro storyline. They treated Spyro and his friends like trash. The reason I say this is because Insomiac Games handed Spyro over to them and what did they do? They shop him around to other developers who had no experience with the character or his story. VG didn't even implement any kind of quality control over these other developers. The original storyline got screwed up due to the total laziness on the part of VG.

2.) The potential that original story had and still has is only limited by the imaginations of those doing the stories. I mean come on there is so much back story and secret history that you could bury Spyro and his friends up to their necks in. Insomiac created a deep mysterious background that VG NEVER EVEN BOTHERED TO USE. We still don't know where the Sorceress came from. Why were the Dragon banished from the Forgotten Realms? What about the Avalor history? What about the backstories of all the main characters such as Hunter, Elora and Bianca? There is so much we don't know about each of these characters and yet instead of focusing on developing these characters properly they totally IGNORE ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES AND CHANCES to truly add depth to what Insomiac gave them.

3.) Spyro has always, to me at least, come off as a special dragon. He has so much power and yet he is still a dragonling. VG had many opportunities to really build upon this fact. Spyro is cool and I like that fact but being cool doesn't mean you avoid ever developing him properly. My god he is the main character of the franchise for pete's sake. VG should have focused on making him a more well-rounded character. Also, there is Hunter and the others to take into consideration as well. All VG had to do was work on each character adding to what was already there. Why couldn't they make a game that had a plotline that spanned three games. Make it a TRUE RPG in more then name only ... *cough* Dark Legacy *cough*. Also, why did they get rid of Elora and Bianca. You know what I believe? I believe they didn't want Hunter or Spyro to change and that is while those two were sent off on a one way trip to nowhere land. Having a relationship would have changed both Spyro and Hunter. In fact it very well could have led to both male characters displaying more emotion.... *GASP* then they have shown.

So in closing my point is don't put too much faith in VG. They couldn't make the original storyline work out well without screwing it up. Why should we feel any better or different for the new storyline. The reboot might work out well for the first game and then... well the next game after that they will somehow screw it up. I am sorry to sound so negative but I have been repeatly disappointed by each game in the current series. Only a fool doesn't use what they are given and VG are about as big a fools as they come.
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#28 GnastyRatchet 05:04:15 04/08/2006
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Well, I'll give it a chance. Mainly because krome studios is an experienced developer. While I'm not happy about them rebooting the series, it seems like krome is rly trying to give spyro a well developed plot. Something AHT and ETD rly lacked.
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#29 ih8u2 01:28:16 06/08/2006
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i'll just give it a chance because they seem to be working very hard for this game to be a finished product. I honestly don't blame them for changing things because they really won't make a dang bit of money if they stick to the original spyro formula. People get bored and most of them are not interested in the story line. Not saying I'm happy they completely demolished my hope in gaining closure with the ORIGINAL spyro but what they are doing is business. And I honestly don't give a crap about character development if the game is fun. Maybe if this were part of a series of novels, I would, but its a game. You're meant to play it. If its fun, I'll enjoy it and leave it at that. Whatever they choose to do with the story may disappoint me, but it isn't as important to me as hard work, attention to detail, quality, and good gameplay. So all in all, Vivendi is actually finally being smart about their games, which I respect. Also, there is a good number of spyro fans working on this game. They wouldn't completely mess up spyro if they were truly fans.
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#30 GnastyRatchet 00:17:33 07/08/2006
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Thats exactly what I'm thinking ih8u (nice name by the way). If the game is fun, I will play. If the game is suckish, well...I just wasted $50 smilie. I will always love the original Spyro plot, but I'm willing to try something new. I know some of guys will kill me for saying this, but the change might really be for the better.

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