For many fans of the little purple dragon, a big part of what makes his PSone outings so special is the whimsical soundtrack, composed by Stewart Copeland. The musician, most famous for providing drums for The Police, has been helping out Toys for Bob during the development of Spyro: Reignited Trilogy, consulting on all the music for the PS4 remakes.
In a new post on the PlayStation Blog, music remixer Stephan Vankov discusses the studio's approach to the OST. "To create the “reignited” music, we reconstructed all 120+ themes from the original trilogy, transcribing each piece note-by-note. This gave us the flexibility to update some of the instrumentation and also gave us access to individual instrument parts for use in our dynamic music system, which allowed us to add a whole new dimension to the music experience."
He says that working with Copeland "was an amazing experience," and that he was happy with the direction Toys for Bob was taking the music. "He was appreciative of how we were handling his music and it gave us a lot of wind-in-the-sails to know that we had his support behind us. We also showed him what we were doing with dynamic music and were happy to find out that there were discussions about having dynamic music in the original games but they were unable to achieve it at the time due to technical limitations. It was great to know that we were aligned with, and in a position to fulfill, his creative vision for the music."
In addition to the PlayStation Blog post, check out the video above for a brief snippet of gameplay from the remade Spyro 3: Year of the Dragon. Are you excited for Spyro: Reignited Trilogy? Toast some sheep in the comments below.