Activision's Skylanders series is one of gaming's most profitable franchises, thanks to its successful formula of fusing interactive entertainment with expensive plastic toys that kids just can't seem to get enough of.
The issue for Activision is that it has to come up with ways to keep this concept fresh each year; we've already seen oversized toys in Skylanders Giants, and last year it was all about mix-and-matching characters in Skylanders Swap Force. The 2014 entry is being developed by Toys for Bob — the studio which concocted the franchise in the first place — and is already being billed by the publishers as a "game changer". So what does Activision have in store?
The answer to that question may have been given by Mega Brands, owner of the Lego-like Mega Bloks building system. A flood of Skylanders-related Mega Bloks toys are coming to market, and the promotional material for these items shows characters riding in various "ranger vehicles".
There's obviously the chance that these vehicles could be exclusive to the toy line and not part of the main game itself, but the introduction of ride-on tanks would certainly make things interesting.
I have actually been fearing this over an year ago. I'm a huge fan of "Skylanders" and I often wondered how could it would have been if they made a "Mario Kart" style game and sell us the vehicles. I dreaded because these things are expensive on the long run. I got 125 so far... I might have a problem.
Looks like a new figure...the orange guy with two hammers!
My initial reaction to vehicle toys is a negative. I'm fine if they make vehicle toys independent of the game, but I don't really want a huge portal big enough for co-op players to each place a vehicle on it.
I was hoping the next game would just feature all new characters and new gameplay ideas.
Also, please no world building like Infinity.
How freaking big is the new portal going to be?
Andy Robertson from Family Gamer was at Activion or Toys for Bob or someplace last year and he said they were working on vehicles. He and his kid even went home and started messing around w/ their own toys to see if they would fit on the portal.
Here's a video from last month. Cars are covered at about the 5 minute mark.
Important note - Andy was guessing based on seeing vehicles during his inside tour, not official knowledge. But it was over a month ago.
For all we know though these vehicles could just be in one or two levels. They did that in the last games several times(the most notable case was Secret Vault of Secrets, one of the earlier levels of Giants).
I really hope they don't make this a Mario Kart type game. It'd be WAY too gimmicky and I just feel like it wouldn't fit that well. I've seen people suggest these are just used kind of like some battletanks to drive around the worlds which is how I would like to see vehicles implimented if they actually add them in- that would also help to pave the way for more open worlds (vehicles would make it easier to navigate) which is something I'd really like to see in this series because it would help it become less samey to replay the same levels with new toys if we had more varying paths and open-ended levels.
By the way, there are other new things related to this game that we know about.
Wondering if this is the next Skylander game or maybe a spin-off game such as Skylanders Racing or something. Nonetheless, Skylanders is a huge part of our family and I look forward to this!
3 new skylanders were revealed yesterday yet very few people are reporting on this.
Bloody Skylanders and annual releases...even my 6 year old burnt out...
Activision might want to be careful with this property. I love Skylanders, but they could be in danger of becoming to gimmicky. Swap Force characters have already taxed the limit to what I am willing to pay, and I have at the moment at least one version of he characters from Adventure and Giants.
I don't think the general public would appreciate having to buy yet another portal. I don't think a $17 vehicle on top of the regular figures is something the public wants to see either.
If vehicles are the next thing. I might opt out of this installment. I still have a lot to do in Swap Force anyways.
Love skylanders, not to brain tasking lol..
Fifteen quid for the big swap figures is a little OTT - so glad my kid doesn't like these, but my partner's boys do...
I like skylanders but the first one was enough for me. It just costs too much when buying all the characters. It's a neat idea, but my wallet hurts too much
Maybe when I get a better job I'll be more willing
@Shiryu i joked with my frends about a Skylanders Kart gameafter LBP Kart (omg awfull game..) i hope thay dont go that way tbh...if thay are adding veicals like this thow im hopeing it means there going to make it like a Open World like game.... not sure how it would work unless there is say 3 or 4 home hubs that are huge and linked in to all the lvls or something... bit like Ty the tazmanian tiger 2 lol i can dream.. id also like the adition of a free camra and a retern of Swimming as iv sed befor lol.
I just notest the chompe's are the wrong desighn as thay changed it in Swap Force for the home consoul's
@Volmun I am looking forward to whatever they're up to, but... they have to be sensible to the fact there still a huge economic crisis going on a bit everywhere.
@Shiryu yeah iv taken to only buying the one's i like now (and for swap force the ones i need for there bace powers) - I notest the othere day that the price of the figers has gon up a bit hopefully thay wont have a over blown price on the new figers 8/
If this turns out like Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, they may end up losing a lot of adult fans. Ah well, Banjo wasn't a bad game, but I opted out of Skylanders after Giants was released.
I don't think Activision cares about burn out. That's kind of how they work, once they have something that sells, exploit it to the max, Tony Hawk, Guitar Hero, Call of Duty etc, and then once sales plummet, they move onto the next thing, Skylanders, and now Destiny.
At what point does the gimmick become too gimmicky?
Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts was the first thing I thought of when I saw this.
Jak and Daxter 2 had some car levels. By 3 it seemed like almost half the game was driving around. By Jak X it was 100% racing.
My point being - may be racing, may be driving, may be just another mode of transportation like the 8 they added for Swap force. 1 thing I did notice was it's only cars so far - no planes or boats. Guess thats next year.
I hope it is just a new game and cars that fit the Swap Force characters in a new world, even my kids are burning out. But cars could be cool.
Banjo-Skylanders: Nuts and Bolts?
I hope the do not go racing. The dude said its a game changer, and a kart game is not a game changer. In fact, it's kind of a step back. Even Shrek had a Kart racing game. I like the idea of stand alone adventures per element, but I think they said they would not do that...bummer.
Hey Activision, how about switching the series to every 2 years? We already have Call of Duty being milked to death and Skylanders is actually good (not to mention an actual new IP) so why not take your time and avoid the gimmicks. My son and I love the series and have played the crap out of the current 3 games but it would make more sense to spread the characters out over the year and pace the series out a bit more. Hell, I could give just a few ideas off the top of my head:
These are just a couple quick thoughts to avoid running the series into the ground like Activision has done with Tony Hawk & Guitar Hero and is currently doing with Call of Duty. Also, how about giving Wii U owners access to the HD Wii U version of Spyro's Adventure that was only released in Japan? I would happily pay $20 for a disc only version of the game and I'm sure there are plenty of other Wii U Skylanders fans who would appreciate it. Just a thought.
This smells like Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and bolts!
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