Spyro and Cynder Development in Skylanders
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So I recently talked with Paul Reiche on a bit Spyro and Cynder's addition in Skylanders. He talked with Michael Graham, who also worked on Spyro: Shadow Legacy and The Legend of Spyro trilogy, and this what they said:

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Michael Graham Wrote:“We had a lot of discussion around the best way to treat both Spyro and Cynder throughout the early stages of development.  First and foremost, it was important for us to establish a brand new universe that could introduce a plethora of new heroes, but we also wanted to honor the history of Spyro and Cynder.  The end of the “Legend” series left both of them in a place that was open to interpretation.  Were they in some sort of dragon heaven?  Were they in Skylands?  Were they back in their own world?  It was purposely left mysterious to allow us the freedom to reintroduce these characters in a way that was very fitting for the world of Skylands – while also leaving it to longtime fans, such as yourself, to use your own imaginations to fill in the blanks.  Spyro’s world has always been a world full of imagination – and ultimately we decided that IMAGINATION was the most important aspect to carry forward into Skylanders.  For many fans, Skylanders represents a fresh start for both Spyro and Cynder.  But there are enough nods to previous games to allow longtime fans the freedom to imagine their own connections with the past.  So the real questions are…
  • How do you think Cynder has evolved and developed?
  • Which nods to previous Spyro games do you think were intentional?
  • And do you think any of these nods have deeper meaning?”

Paul Reiche Wrote:From my own perspective, Cynder was an opportunity to show an inverted image of Spyro – different gender, different original ‘alignment’ and very different approach to solving problems. Spyro is a natural hero upon whom fortune has smiled most of his life.  Cynder comes from a more troubled origin and has had to earn every ounce of her heroism the hard way.  This contrast not only gives greater breadth to the role of dragons in our universe, but it also makes the friendship between Spyro and Cynder more interesting. 

In terms of ‘nods’ to older lore, we faced the eternal problems re-boots always face – how do you make the characters and world sufficiently new that you aren’t just repeating what’s already been done, but also maintain enough of the heart of Spyro to be ‘legit’ (and yes, people define that quite differently, I know!)   I was once complaining to a friend about a particular version of Star Trek which felt ‘wrong’ to me (I love the original, BTW).  She advised me to imagine that yes, somewhere there was the true, singular version of Star Trek, but that we would never be able to see it.  Instead, we get to look into that distant world through a variety of different telescopes which each have different lenses and are pointing at slightly different places.  Maybe Spyro is like that too.
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#2
OK, surely DidYouKnowGaming has enough material to do a Skylanders episode now!!

The amount of stuff the common gamer doesn't know about the series - especially from a development standpoint - is just insane!
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#3
Very interesting. Spyro and Cynder were main figures I wanted when the game first came out. I'm looking forward to them in the TV show. Hopefully they shed more light on them both! You actually got to talk with Paul Reiche?!?!?!?
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#4
Yep, mind blowing right? ;3
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#5
How you even get to contact with the devs?
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#6
I have no idea sometimes, some fans say I'm lucky I get into contact with the devs. lol
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#7
Anyone that can get in contact with and extract information from anything related to Activision should be considered lucky.
Even luckier if they get free stuff as a present from the firm... Wink
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#8
This is some really cool information!
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#9
That's really cool Crystal Blazier!
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#10
As unlikely as it seems, sometimes you can just ask the devs in social media or their company's email for this stuff; but how known you are changes how likely it is that you get an answer. Some people who do game reviews said it's just as easy to get a "care package" with all the neat things youtubers get; again, they'll send it if you're trusted with it but the worst that can happen is a polite no.
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#11
Weeeell, that didn't quite turned out the way it did, now did it.
The Legend of Spyro ended with Spyro and Cynder declaring themselves lovers, which is... WAY more than just friendship - though I suppose they had to scrap that because children were targeted as an audience - Cynder's gained heroism seem to have disappeared, as her current personality (at least from what I saw in the games) is mostly along the lines of "I used to be cursed and people are scared of me for that? Heh, deal with it" ← Not that I dislike it, but it does deny the evolution she went through in her own games; and then many of the old Spyro fans do not consider Skylanders as an enhanced reboot of Spyro at all. Even I personally stopped considering it at such, but in my case it was a good decision since I ended up really liking Skylanders as its own franchise. I also really loved Giants for adding some well-deserved lore into the world of Skylands.

But hey, at least they got some nods right gameplay-wise. Spyro got his 3 main moves (horn attacks, flying, fire breathing) and Cynder kept some of her Shadow abilities (but then she also gets Lightning, which... is what Spyro had in Legends of Spyro, I'm kinda suprised they didn't go for Fear/Poison/Wind, but anyway), and both are really really fun characters to use.
Unfortunately most old Spyro fans bash on Skylanders no matter the reason though, so yeah. Shame.
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#12
Actually i perfer that Classic, Legend and Skylanders Canons stay Apart but it doesn´t mean that non of it´s characters or places can´t be in future reboots or in Skylanders. As long they follow there own type of canon.
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#13
Agreed! Not only it is easier to judge 'em that way, it's also easier to experience them as separate entities, methinks. But frankly, if they do manage to get some of the Classic era's characters back, I'd love it. It had the most fantasy, child-like related species, characters and overall ideas while Legend of Spyro was a lot more mature, so it would make sence to add, I dunno, more Avalar-related adventure packs.

Infiltration-mission with Agent 9 as your guide? Treasure vaults exploring-sessions with Moneybag pointing directions? Cameo fight against Ripto, who'd be summoned or recruited by Kaos? Gosh I'd LOVE stuff like that.
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#14
I was surprised that the fate of Spyro and Cynder at the end of LoS is actually left to the players to imagine and decide. Speculations galore!
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#15
Spyro and Cynder are in "Dragon´s Heaven" the end.

Being serious I think they´re not dead they woke up in "the topist island at the top of the world". Speculations, speculations.
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#16
Dunno about that... Ignitus didn't seem to find their page in the dragon chronicles' book at then end, and every dragon who dies is supposed to add a page to said book, as far a I remember. We don't know if he found the page, so we don't know if they died. *shrugs* Intepretations ahoy! Some said they were sent to Avalar, thus unifying the Classic world to the Legends one. That would've been cool, too, but I guess Skylands could eventually take stuff from both.
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#17
The Chronicler couldn't find Spyro and Cynder in the book of the dragons that have passed on. Where they are is up to speculation, but you see them flying over the Valley of Avalar. But I guess is, are they really there?

The Chronicler Wrote:You see, each time a dragon dies, a new page is written in this book. I've done my best, but I can't seem to find any trace of Spyro.
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