New Spyro game announced

Stars Gary Oldman. Yes, really.

Good news for Spyro fans - the little purple dragon is returning in a new adventure for PS2, GameCube, Xbox, DS and GBA this autumn.

The Legend of Spyro A New Beginning will "focus heavily on dynamic action and fast-paced combat" and will reveal the true story of Spyro's origins. Expect upgradeable breaths, exciting new ground-to-air melee combos, lots of boss battles and that kind of thing.

In fact, we got the chance to take a look at the PS2 version of A New Beginning recently, and it's looking like it could be a lot of fun. The developers have clearly taken a few hints from the likes of Ratchet and Clank and the first Jak and Daxter game, judging by the expansive environments and souped-up attack options, and the game is designed to appeal to hardcore platform completists as well as little kiddies.

It'll feature voiceovers by leading Hollywood stars - Elijah "Frodo" Wood is the new voice of Spyro, and David "Joe Dirt" Spade will take on the role of his sidekick, Sparx the dragonfly. Gary "lots of drug dealers and Harry Potter's stepdad or something" Oldman will play Spyro's mentor, Ignitus.

The Legend of Spyro A New Beginning is out in October.

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