It has been confirmed thatSkylanders developer Vicarious Visions is helping Bungie with Destiny, adding credence to rumours that Activision is pulling the plug on its defining toys-to-life franchise following disappointing sales of the latest entry, Skylanders Imaginators.
Vicarious Visions has worked on the Skylanders series since it began in 2011, shouldering development duties alongside other studios, such as n-Space, Toys for Bob and Beenox. Since Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, Vicarious Visions has only been involved with one non-Skylanders title, the forthcoming Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.
This year's entry Skylanders Imaginators saw a 41 percent drop from 2015's Skylanders SuperChargers, selling just 66,000 copies in the US during the month of October. It was also recently confirmed that viewing figures for the Netflix exclusive series Skylanders Academy were below expectations.
While it's entirely possible that Vicarious Visions is treating Destiny as a side-project, the timing of this announcement is interesting, given the uncertainty surrounding the future of Skylanders.