It certainly seems like 2017 will be a big year for video games, with loads of titles coming from new IPs and classic series alike. According to a recent announcement, however, one yearly series will be taking a breather through the next 12 months.
There's been a new game in the Skylanders series for the past six years, making it one of the most successful series over that period of time. According to a recent announcement on Polygon, though, the developers have decided to pump the breaks in 2017, giving the series a bit of breathing room before its next entry.
This news was made official during a recent investors call from Activision, the publisher of the yearly toys-to-life games. There is a mobile Skylanders game coming down the pipe, though a release date has not yet been set. Still, if you were hoping to grow your already impressive collection of action figures that you can take into the games, you're going to have to suffer from that itch for at least a year.
It's hard to believe that Skylanders has been a part of the gaming landscape since 2011, with a major console title (as well as the toys to go with it) arriving like clockwork every year following. The most recent addition to the franchise was Skylanders: Imaginators, which allowed players to create their own action figures starting last fall. In case you're waving your hands around, yelling "Switch" at me, it's important to note that the launch title for Nintendo's new console is an enhanced version of that very game, not a brand new offering.
Honestly, this news isn't all that surprising, even though Skylanders seems to still be raking in the big bucks. Our guess is that the team doesn't necessarily want to run a good thing into the ground and, you know, they probably need some time to think up the series' next gimmick. They've already added parts that you can mix and match, vehicles and more to the extensive Skylanders line. If they really want to surprise folks and keep them coming back for more, they've probably got to head back to the drawing board for a bit.
Still, there's no denying that Skylanders has been a huge hit. Their success even spurred on an entire games genre, with titles like Disney Infinity, Lego Dimensions and even Nintendo's own Amiibo following suit. The series is so big that it even spawned its own popular Netflix series, as well as crossover content with Mario Bros. and Crash Bandicoot.
In other words, we're less worried about a year without Skylanders and more interested in what they come up with next. Either way, it looks like we'll be waiting until 2018 to find out.