There’s no denying that the Skylanders franchise has been incredibly successful for Activision. New figures provided by the company show that the series has earned over $3 billion. Activision also says they have sold over two hundred and fifty million toys since they made their debut in 2011. The first entry into the series was Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure.
Skylanders is bringing another trailblazing innovation to the #1 kids console franchise with the launch of Skylanders SuperChargers on September 20, 2015 in North America. Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. and the leaders of the toys-to-life category it created, expands upon the franchise’s signature gameplay to introduce vehicles-to-life — an entirely new way for fans to experience the magic of Skylands.
At the helm of powerful, tricked-out land, sea and sky vehicles, Portal Masters can engage in a high-octane action-adventure videogame like never before. Kids can speed across Skylands’ roads in vehicular combat, race down roaring rapids and engage in aerial dogfights as they barrel-roll through enemy swarms for the first time. Developed by Vicarious Visions, Skylanders SuperChargers offers a rich story-driven gameplay experience, filled with vehicle-based and on-foot adventures, combat, puzzles, mini games, activities and platforming, set within a variety of all-new compelling environments.
“We created the toys-to-life category and have continued to lead it by bringing new innovations and new magic to the genre with each and every game. First we brought action figures to life, and now we’re bringing vehicles to life with Skylanders SuperChargers,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. “We love making these games because in order to do it well, you have to constantly tap into your inner kid. What kid hasn’t imagined epic vehicles with amazing powers and dreamed about the adventures they could have with them? Skylanders SuperChargers makes those dreams real.”
Skylanders SuperChargers features a brand-new class of heroes, called SuperChargers who are distinct with fresh moves, powerful attacks and all-new weapons. These SuperChargers also have special in-game abilities that help Portal Masters fight Kaos. Twenty new SuperChargers character toys and 20 new vehicle toys will be available.
Players will have the ability to customize all vehicles in-game with super cool modifications and upgradeable weapons. For the ultimate gameplay experience, players can pair a SuperCharger Skylander with its signature vehicle to create a SuperCharged combination, unlocking an exclusive mod that revs up the performance of both the vehicle and character. Not only are the vehicles playable in the game, but also many feature moving parts, making them fun to play with outside of the game. Additionally, Skylanders SuperChargers supports all 300+ Skylanders toys from previous games, enabling all Skylanders characters to pilot land, sea or sky-based vehicles.
“Since first partnering with Activision to bring the original Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure to our stores, we have believed whole-heartedly in the magic and innovation of this brand, as well as the company’s ability to reimagine and redefine play experiences with the toys-to-life concept,” said Richard Barry, Global Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys”R”Us, Inc. “With each new introduction, Activision never disappoints its highly loyal fans of the franchise, and we are thrilled to continue to offer the broadest assortment of all Skylanders merchandise, including the newly introduced Skylanders SuperChargers.”
The game’s storyline focuses on Kaos’ latest attempt to rule Skylands. In his efforts to take down the Skylanders, Kaos has unleashed his most sinister weapon ever – a massive “Doomstation of Ultimate Doomstruction” capable of eating the sky itself! Fortunately, Master Eon has seen the warning signs and assembled a special team of Skylanders to pilot an unstoppable fleet of land, sea and sky vehicles with the power to travel through the reign of destruction to stop Kaos!
We know that there’s a new Skylanders game coming out this year, but other than that, not a lot has been confirmed. However, there are a lot of rumours swirling around about the new game. The first of which was that it will apparently feature vehicles, this is backed up by the fact that American motorsports competitor, Travis Pastrana, wrote an Instagram post saying: “Was filming some cool stuff for a new Activision game called Skylanders Superchargers this weekend.” Notice the name Skylanders Superchargers? It was deleted very shortly after, indicating that it’s probably the name of the new game. Another rumour emerged more recently, the image above is from Danish retailer Fætter BR’s database, and clearly lists the game on a number of platforms. Nothing has been confirmed still, but it’s looking very likely!
It seems as though Warner Bros and LEGO could well be bringing out their own toys-to-life title to compete against Disney Infinity, Skylanders, and amiibo. The game is rumoured to be in development at Travellers Tales and is due for release sometime later this year. LEGO is an extremely lucrative brand so this should provide some real competition to what’s currently out there. The LEGO game will launch alongside a range of compatible LEGO figures.
It’s hardly surprising to hear that a new Skylanders title is in the works and is coming to various platforms this year. However, Activision says it will be an innovative new title. The game is thought to be developed by Vicarious Visions rather than original creators, Toys For Bob.
Retailers are running some hot deals through Black Friday and Toys R Us don’t seem to be an exception, especially for those interested in the Skylanders franchise. There’s even a Wii U with Skylanders Swap Force available for $199.99. The Black Friday deals go on sale on Thursday at 5pm. Here’s what you can get cheap this year.
- Starts Thursday 5pm
- All Skylanders Trap Team Starter Packs $37.50
- B1G1 70% Off All Skylander Trap Team Figures & Traps
- All Skylander Spyro Adventures Single Figures 4 for $10 (Must Buy 4 for Offer)
- All Skylander Giants & Swap Force Single Figures B1G1 70% Off
- Wii U Skylanders Swap Force Bundle $199.99
- B1G1 40 Off All Video Games Reg. $19.99-$59.99 (Excludes Starter Packs)
- Skylanders Swap Force Carry & Display Case $14.99
- Nintendo 3DS XL Mario Party Island Tour Bundle $179.99
- Flashback Consoles (Intellivision,Colecovision,Sega or Atari) $29.99
- PS4 500GV Bundle (Includes GTA V+The Last of Us) or (Lego Batman 3+Little Big Planet 3) $399.99
- Xbox One with Kinect $429.99
- Xbox One Kinectless Assassin Creed Bundle $329.99
- B1G1 $2 All “R” Superbuy Video Games (Reg. $14.99-$19.99)
- All Disney Infinity Starter Packs $39.99 – $59.99
- All Disney Infinity 2.0 Figures B1G1 70% Off
- Starts Friday 7am
- Skylander Trap Team Starter Pack $49.99
- B1G1 40% Off All Skylanders Trap Team Figures & Traps
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Activision announced earlier this week that if you’re thinking of purchasing Skylanders Trap Team on the Wii then you’re eligible to get a free download code for Skylanders Trap Team on the Wii U. The Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack launches in the US on October 5th.
Thanks, Justin and Christopher