Given the Skylanders franchise’s status as one of the most commercially successful children’s video game franchises, it’s no wonder Activision would want to keep the cash flow going. That seems to be the logic behind their most recent press release, announcing the next instalment in the series entitled Skylanders SWAP Force.
SWAP Force is set to add a new “swapability” function that allows players to swap the top and bottom halves of the iconic toys, which in turn alters the in-game characters’ powers and abilities. There are apparently more than 250 unique combinations of parts available with the 16 upcoming SWAP Force characters, not to mention all of the characters from the previous games are compatible with SWAP Force and will now have the ability to jump. Eric Hirshberg, Activision Publishing’s CEO, claimed that “with Skylanders SWAP Force, we are pushing the genre forward with another big innovation: customization.”
While the game’s other features are still being kept under wraps, it has been noted that SWAP Force will feature “high-resolution graphics” that will add to the immersive nature of the game and its characters, as well as a total of fifty-six characters (new characters and remastered fan-favourites alike).
More information about the game’s release – particularly its release date and platforms – will likely be available when it appears at Toy Fair 2013, from February 10th to 13th at the Javits Center in New York City.