Lego may be preparing to launch a figurine-based video game in the same vein as Activision's Skylanders and Disney's Infinity.
Hardware developers are famous for churning out useless accessories. But every so often, a clever company stumbles into something truly brilliant. Most of the time, the peripheral didn't seem important right away but in time it manages to change the direction of the industry.
Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Nintendo is gearing up to offer a brand new Wii U bundle, this one including the system, the new Skylanders game, SWAP Force, and Nintendo Land.
Skylanders Swap Force, the third entry in the toy-based adventure game series, has arrived in North America. Gamers can pick up the game on PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Wii or Nintendo 3DS.
The heroes of the Skylanders series are about to get mixed and matched as Skylanders SWAP force receives a US release date of Oct. 13.
It seems like Skylanders are everywhere these days, including McDonald’s Happy Meals. For the next month, Activision Publishing and McDonald’s USA LLC have partnered up to bring nine Skylanders Giants toys to every child’s favorite fast food combo.
Over the last two years investors have been concerned with the software brand(s) of Activision and their fidelity for longevity. With a miniscule wane in the sales of Call of Duty and subscription numbers shrinking for World of Warcraft, Activision's shareholders were hoping that the company had another billion-dollar brand or two to fall back on. Well, Activision may have hit the jackpot with Skylanders, with the IP hitting $1 billion between the toys and software.
The Skylanders series has taken the games and toy world by storm, mixing physical action figures with an interactive adventure game where players can see their characters come to life within their TV. The latest evolution in the series, SWAP Force is set to unleash a mix-and-match component to the formula later this year, giving Skylanders fanatics a whole new way to play.
Disney Interactive is looking to cash in on the kids who love the Skylanders approach to gaming: using real-life action figures to help fuel in-game progression. Bridging toys with gameplay, Disney Infinity enables consumers to buy figurines and figurine bases and when played in connection with the game, it unlocks new missions, playable characters and in-game content.
Earning $500 million in the United States alone, the Skylanders franchise has become something of a video game phenomenon. Activision Publishing, Inc. threw that figure around the internet this morning, stating that 2012 was a banner year for the series as Skylanders went on to outperform similarly targeted franchises across video games, action figures and even movies.
That's a pretty nice Kindle Fire you've got there. You know what would make it even better? A spin-off to one of the most successful games in recent memory, of course. Luckily for you, Activision Publishing has announced that their hit iDevice game, Skylanders Cloud Patrol, will be heading to the Kindle Fire and the Kindle Fire HD.