A couple of weeks ago at the New York toy fair, alongside a huge Toys R Us Skylanders give-away in Times Square, Activision's CEO Eric Hirshberg introduced the world to Skylanders Swap Force.
The third instalment of the Skylanders franchise brings new toys with the ability to swap their body parts. There will be 16 swap-able figures. So, in total, that will create 256 different figure combinations for gameplay. Alongside the new Swap Force figures there will also be a handful of new basic figures, and returning favourites.
Activision have already announced a handful of the new figure names. The Swap Force are: Wash Buckler (Water element), Freeze Blade (Water element). Magna Charge (Tech element), Stink Bomb (Life element), Blast Zone (Fire element), and Night Shift (Undead). There have only been two brand new normal Skylanders anounced so far - Count Down (Tech element) and Roller Brawl (Undead).
The story is based on the Cloudbreak Islands and the return of Kaos. Skylanders Swap Force also has undergone a graphical upgrade and is being worked on by Vicarious Visions, the studio behind Skylanders 3DS and the Wii U version of Skylanders Giants. Also, all Skylanders will now have the ability to jump! Exciting stuff!
As a huge Skylanders fan, I'm really excited about Skylanders Swap Force. The ability to change the figures into something you want to play with is a good step forward for the series.
When it was announced, I saw many comments from people saying that they were surprised another game was being released so soon. It's been said that Skylanders was the most successful toy franchise of 2012, so as long as Skylanders sell in crazy numbers I cant see them going away for a very long time.
The sad thing about Swap Force is that you will need to purchase a new portal. I'm sure Activision would have avoided this if possible (they didn't release a new one for Giants) and it is understandable as the current portals only support two Skylanders and would need the ability to read up to 4 NFC contacts (two Swap Force figures on the portal) as both upper and lower half count as individual pieces. But, apart from that, I do really like the design of the new portal. As usual, all previous Skylanders and adventure/battle packs are compatible with Skylanders Swap Force.
I'm really looking forward to hearing more about Skylanders Swap Force before it is released this winter.
I'd like to know what fans of the series think about it, too. Do you think the ability to swap parts is a good idea? What's your favourite of the newly announced figures? Will you be picking up Skylanders Swap Force?