The Spyro Reignited Trilogy is due out on the Switch this September, but there's still some confusion about the physical copies of the game and if they will require an additional download. In June, retail listings in North America suggested an additional download would be necessary and in Europe, there was no mention of this on the game's box art.
While it's still unclear what exactly is going with the physical release and whether or not it will require a hefty day one download, the listings on the Switch eShop in the US and UK have now seemingly confirmed the file size of the digital version of the game. The details section of the page notes how the trilogy will require 15GB of free space.
Twitter user NWPlayer123 adds to this, stating how the Nintendo.com listing (6.3GB) does not take into account the "9GB update", which will presumably add in the additional games. This means the Switch physical release would likely be similar to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version – where users received the first game on the disc and were required to download the other two titles.
Will you be downloading the Spyro Reignited Trilogy? Were you hoping the entire game would be on a game card? Tell us below.
I dont feel slighted if the other consoles are in the same boat.
Classic Activision. They aren't much better than EA.
@MegaMari0 Or we are all slighted equally while Activision laughs.
I'll remain hopeful, but most likely it will require the other two games to be downloaded. Shame, but I'll still get the physical version if I pick it up.
nope not buying it with a download bigger then whats on the cartridge.
I wasn't hoping all the games would be on the card,i tought they would be because it felt like the most obvious thing to do.Looks like I was naive.
In other words, nothing we didn't already expect.
No problem at all. We, who love digital, are treating these Gigabytes articles like we treat the datamines and rumors articles. Stupid.
I won’t buy any physical release that doesn’t put it all in one cart. The exception I made was Bayonetta 2 because it was an option to download the first game. I made one mistake with the Banner Saga trilogy because I did not know it was a partial downlod. Getting memory cards is a pain where I live and Internet speed isn’t so hot here either, so those saying to accept digital as the way of the future, not interested in that argument because it creates more separation if you look outside your own country context.
At the price of memory these days - the extra 8GB to make it a 16GB (or even 32GB) card would be seemingly small... I just don’t think that developers / Nintendo realise how many people really want the physical medium and are voting with their wallets.... If no one else... there’s definitely one (me). I’ll buy it but when it’s old and on special / second hand. I’m fine with that... but if it was complete (no day one patches or DLC that should have been included etc.) then I would have bought it day 1.
Passing costs onto the consumer as usual
I could have sworn the digital version said 6.3GB earlier today too. I wouldn't say anything is clear yet. Best just wait until release
@Cosats Boasting about being digital only doesn't make sense to me. The Switch has such little on board memory. High capacity micro SD card are still smaller and more expensive than external hard drives. You don't have the ability to lend, sell or trade digital media. Counties such as Australia still have terrible internet access and therefore it takes a criminally long time to install these large games relying entirely on wifi or ethernet.
Then there's the whole thing about potentially losing your digital media in the future with server shut downs, account hacking, accidentally using a hacked game, etc.
There's no excuse for physical media such as this to require you to download most of the game when there are game cards big enough to hold the majority of the data readily available.
Not surprised. If anything, it’s typical Activision. Too lazy to put all 3 games on not only a cartridge, but a disc too.
@sandman89 Actually they are trying to avoid passing costs on by releasing a half-complete product instead (if the implication of this article is accurate). I’d rather pay the extra and have a full, complete, tested (not tested after printing and needing day one patches) physical game.
@FTL Gaming companies do not think that way anymore. Their deadlines are shrinking more and more just because they have the convenience of day 0, day 1 patches.
At the end only the customer suffer and the companies still make money because otherwise they will NOT play the game.
another half assed release, such a shame
Hopefully the European version is complete. If not I'll be waiting for a sale
I don't know why they can't just use more 16GB memory cards. Some games even used 32GB cards so it can't be THAT expensive, especially considering how they aren't exactly giving these games away.
This is a pass for me. Hopefully others are excited for the game and can enjoy it. Cheers.
@Nurfhurder I wouldn’t bet on it, I got caught out with MK11; the European release had no warning on the front or back but still had a day one download.
Downloads are fine as long as you’re happy to accept having to backup all of your switch games one day when the servers get shut down or lose them forever
Activision is the king of releasing amazing games with concerning drawbacks you never expected. No CTR tokens or Pit Stop offline anyone?
All on the cart or no buy. Its pretty simple and I stick with it or buy it on PC (which I'm fine with digital only as it'll stay more relevant without repurchases in 5-10 years).
Stuff like Bayonetta 2 is an exception plus I have 1 on PC too.
The Switch version is hard pass from me honestly. Considering it's releasing on PC the same day with better resolution and double the framerate, I'd rather buy it on Steam and get all the games at once with the benefits of it being on PC over console.
I just upgraded to a 400GB memory card over the weekend ($39 on prime day!) so while I agree this kind of sucks from the developer, I will still be picking up as I have been dying to play these and I got space to fill!
These half baked physical releases are the worst, even for People who prefer digital Games. What even is the Point? Just to save a bit of space on your SD Card? Wouldn't it be more logical to buy a bigger SD Card instead of juggeling incomplete Game Cards every time you want to play something different?
If people prefer digital Games that's fine, but these incomplete retail games are doing non of us any favors.
Well, I was planning getting this on PC, still, why the game can't be on a single cartridge?
@FTL not really because most people will probably need to buy an sd card to be able to download them so no.
If companies are passing costs to consumers to save by making them digital downloads instead of larger memory carts, I am more than happy to pay for a more expensive cartridge with everything on it than to pay market price for a partial download.
Unfortunately, many of the releases both digitally and physically are also priced weird—example: Cave Story for $30 USD.
Long story short: if someone wants me to pay $80+ for Spyro to be all physical with no download, then I will pay that because it costs more for time and Internet to download it!!!
What bothers me is that I don’t have the option to a actually download one game at a time..
More prove the physical releases are dying and digital is becoming the norm. The digital era is coming whether you like it or not.
Ever since I started game sharing with my brother, it’s been annoying to have to be logged into internet to play my own games on switch. I’ve started buying physical again just to play my own games without that internet check every time I wanna boot up a title.
I wish that these games requiring downloads didn’t include some download code and simply let whomever had the cart in the switch download them and play them as long as the cart was in the switch. I believe the Telltale games worked this way on PS4 and such
At least it comes with a cartridge and is not download only or a code in a box, but I am kinda of disappointed.
I still own the PS1 original. So, if this trilogy doesn't come complete on cartridge they can keep it. I'm not interested enough in the sequels to justify another "Download the rest, we don't want to buy bigger cartridges" buy.
I kinda figured the Switch version wouldn't come complete on cart seeing as it didn't come complete on disc for PS4 or Xbox One. I have been patiently waiting to play these games on Switch but I'll wait a little longer for a price drop of $20 or less.
The physical version have some kind of redeemable code to download the other games? If so, how can you resell the physical copy of the game if the redeemable code was used?
I'm actually completely fine with the dodgy physical treatment. There are way too many games I want releasing in September so I'll happily cancel a preorder or two if publishers give me the reason to.
At least the license is tied to the physical version. So you can resell it and other people get the whole trilogy too.
The nightmare is when you can consume half of the product in a 1-time download.
Doesn’t bother me TBH. Been looking forward to this for a while and it’s probably a digital purchase anyway. Just the kind of thing I want on the go.
@Randomname19 The most obvious thing to do is to be cheap and use the cheapest carts.
Less cost for them.
Why would the PS4 version be like that when they could easily fit it onto a BD?
It sucks, but I've passed the breaking point already. Half of my Switch games is in some way incomplete without DLC/free updates/patches/online and Nintendo games are on that list as well, so that's not a good enough reason to skip Spyro.
@Shepdawg1 No news like old news..
So the games were not really complete when they released the trilogy on PS4 and I think they had some file size optimizing/compressing to do. But now as the game has been out for some time I thought they had everything done so everything could fit on a single cart. But if they are in fact just putting the first one on a 8gig cart instead of all three on a 16gig one?
Glad I just picked it up on xbox
Why the physical Xbox version includes also one game if the BD has capacity for all three?
I'll buy it digitally since I have the extra space and purely convenience. But I 100% understand why everyone else ia mad. Why not have all three ready to go?
It should be noted that if the overall size of the game is 15GB, then it would not likely have all fit onto a 16GB card. Why? Well, the number is actually in GiB, not GB, so you have to take into account how much 16GB really is (which is roughly 14.9GiB). So running at 15GiB would mean it all wouldn't fit in the first place, but even if it were a little bit smaller to snugly fit in, it still wouldn't because the cards themselves must have system updates so the game can be supported (a system running 1.0 is unlikely going to run a game designed for 8.1, and they have to take into account the possibility of no online, like after the Switch's lifetime). So, in all likelihood, if they wanted to fit all 3 games onto a single card, they would have had to go with a 32GB card, and that's much more expensive than a 16GB one, and would have a LOT of wasted space.
As for the other platforms, the game originally was about 60GB installed, and because the discs were limited to 50GB, they required a download as well. An update dropped that to about 32GB, but all physical versions are based on the original release version.
I'll be getting it digitally on my PC then, instead of Switch
I really wish they'd use the bigger game cards, even if it meant having to pay more I'd still prefer to have the FULL game on the game cards
As others have mentioned, if it's not all on one game card, I won't purchase it physically, there's no point otherwise.
Tbh 15-16 GB really isn't too bad. We've seen much worse on Switch. I wish it was all on the cartridge but given the nature of the system and not every company being compression wizards, I'll probably still snag it when it goes on sale. It's a great remaster.
I was interested, but if this is the case knowing it could have easily fit on a card but they took the low road after this much of a delayed release, forget it. It's not like I don't have a PSOne+LCD combo so the option is there. It's insulting to any system owner they did it when you see the Crash bundle fit on one piece of media making this a pure control freak/cheap skate stunt.
Is this really a surprise to anyone?
I've gone pretty much all digital so this doesn't really bother me. Was gonna pre-purchase it last night, but the eShop was under maintenance.
@Dayton311 I upgraded to 400 GB a while back too. Unfortunately, you'd be surprised how quickly it fills up. I've got like 70 left...I'm hoping those 1 TB cards come down in price fairly soon. Otherwise I'll be archiving a lot of software because I see no point in upgrading to a 512 GB card.
If a game isn't beatable without patches then it's not really a physical copy. All you've bought is a physical key. Even on Steam you're restricted to always online DRM. Hopefully we'll see a GOG release eventually so the consumer can actually own what they buy.
Only have 4GB left on the Switch's internal storage. Pull this garbage, and I won't buy. Can't.
If it's all games on one cartridge, yes, definitely physical. If it's not I'll buy digitally. Simple.
No toys out the pram here.
Wouldn't be surprised, it's like that for PS4 and XB1. Disc contains Spyro 1 meanwhile the other games are via update.
Nothing new. They're working (and not very hard, but steadily) to kill physical games and that's the way it's gonna be. Not that I like it, but that's what's happening.
Companies will eliminate a cost and sell games for the same price
@sandman89 Not sure what that was in reply to??
They may as well have made the trilogy digital-only in this case. Seems like a waste of physical cart space.
It is a shame that it most likely won't include all 3 on the cartridge, but I will still buy it. Not full price mind you, but I will still buy it.
I was hoping it would be just like Crash Bandicoot Insane Trilogy. Still I want to get this game for my birthday on that month.
Put games on cartridges! If they release garbage like this we should call it selling a demo cartridge! Who wants to pay full price for a sort of demo disc? No one!
Hmm, I thought 2 games where on the disc and you only had to download the third one...
@digitaligor You can't. That is the biggest problem with these partial releases, regardless of how you feel about having to download the other games in a release like this the fact is that it divides up the game and makes all the content that isn't on the card inaccessable to whoever buys it. This happened with me when I bought the Mega Man X collection on the Switch, only the first X collection is on the card, the second one requires downloading and it was on a code so there is no getting that used. Luckily I only wanted the first collection but I am sure some people would feel ripped off if they didn't know better, and it ruins the retail release over a period of time when they stop selling them new.
Honestly, that is something we need to think about, and this whole mentality of just downloading all the time is simply flawed at best. I have already seen internet services go down for entire platforms, I mean take the Wii or DSi for example where you can no longer do anything with them online these days. Some day the Switch will be old, and the services will shut down, and when that happens a lot of games will be unplayable if you didn't download stuff for them in the past. That and a dependency on being connected to the internet is at odds with the portable nature of playing physical games on the go.
This trend needs to end. Whats the point of physical anymore
Have and enjoy on PS4 but if they squeeze the whole thing into a 16GB cart I will actually double-dip. It won't happen, but doesn't hurt to hope. With storage space being a much more limited resource on Switch compared to literally any other gaming platform out there, stuff like this is important to me.
The lack of FFX-2 on cart kept me from putting money down on that collection too for Switch and even Vita.
@Kriven I don't care how the physical releases are dying, I just know it's happening. I'm a fan of digital releases. Makes it harder to lose the game to the family dog or sticky fingers of 5 younger siblings..
Then I will get it on PS4. If Nintendo doesn't want to compete for my dollars, that's their decision.
Don't blame the publisher, Nintendo could require physical releases.
@Shade_Koopa but much easier to lose it when they close the store.
Kinda dropped my interest in buying this title tbh...
@StevenG Isnt it the same download sitiation with every other console for this game?
@Ardisan I saw disks of it in BBY. If it does then I will just ignore it.
@StevenG eh, take the good with the bad. Nothing last forever.
@Shade_Koopa My physical games from 30 years ago are still working.
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