Unfortunately, I was unable to attend a Skylander Event in New York City that is taking place prior to the big New York Toy Fair. I do, however have a bit of hot off the blog presses information to share! It looks like Skylanders WILL see a new game this Fall – Skylanders Giants Adventure. It will be a new game with eight new toys. (eight?? MOREEEEE!!! Please!!!) Not only that, but, the old toys will work as well. Activision, you have done us right.
The reason for the name Skylanders Giants? The new toy figures will be slightly two times more than the original characters. Cost? Exact date of launch? Where to preorder?
Skylanders : Giants Adventure Trailer :
There is already a twitter account setup too for the new game under @SkylandersGiant.
Also, floating around the web are a few pictures. Here’s what you really want to see – the toy size difference :
We know everyone is going to be VERY excited about this so we are keeping our eyes open for more info!
One exciting bit to note from the press conference today in New York Ctity, the new game will NOT require a new portal!! So, time to start the bank loan process now so you can get all of the characters. And the future ones And the rares. And the silvers. And the Toys R Us exclusives… Hey, at least you will be ready with this much advance notice, right?
From the WSJ blog :
Skylanders Giants” will be released this fall, featuring a new game and eight new toys. These figurines will be more than twice the size of the original ones and will cost more, though Hirshberg declined to reveal the price.
Accessories from the first “Skylanders” game will work on the new one. Hirschberg said the sequel might be even more profitable because many buyers will already own the Portal of Power, which was the most expensive part to make for the first game.
Skylanders Giants Press Release :
This novel premise takes a monster step forward with the worldwide unveiling of Skylanders Giants, the follow-up to the most successful kids’ IP launch of the year.(1) Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), will debut the sequel at the North American International Toy Fair in booths 3151 and 3251 at the Javits Center in New York City from February 12-15.
Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure uniquely combined collectible real-world toys with an epic virtual game world, creating a new platform for communal play that was embraced by parents and kids everywhere. Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure was the #1 best-selling kids’ franchise worldwide in 2011, as well as the #1 overall new IP launched in North America, according to The NPD Group, Charttrack and GfK.
(1) According to The NPD Group, Charttrack and Gfk
According to The NPD Group, Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure went on to become a Top-10 seller in North America and generated the greatest overall single-year sales, inclusive of software and accessories, of any new children’s IP in North America, since NPD has been tracking the category.
Skylanders Giants builds upon the breakthrough fundamentals of the first game—merging the physical and virtual realms with an innovative line of cross-platform toy figures that have “brains,” which players everywhere can magically bring to life in the world of Skylands. This next installment of the franchise features a variety of new characters, new challenges, a thrilling new story-driven adventure, and advanced integration across console, handheld, mobile and online:
- Going Big:Skylanders Giants introduces eight new highly collectible figures that are more than twice the size of the main skylanders cast in both physical and virtual form. Their in-game powers and abilities reflect their colossal scale.
- Bright Lights: Helping to further the real world magic of bringing toys to life, Skylanders Giants includes a set of characters that feature spectacular new light technology integrated into the toys, allowing the figure to light up when near or on the Portal of Power™. These characters have additional in-game benefits as well. Batteries are not required.
- Brand New Skylanders: Eight new regular sized skylanders, each with their own unique powers, abilities, and personality, join the adventure alongside the Giants.
- Forward Compatibility: Every beloved character from Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure is 100% compatible with Skylanders Giants, leveled-up stats and customizations intact.
- Wider Worlds: Portal Masters will see all new arenas and more gameplay options in Battle Mode for exciting head-to-head play, as well as enhanced Elemental Zones, new Hero Challenges, and other features that encourage players to collect and level up every character.
Skylanders Giants also features closer integration with Skylanders Spyro’s UniverseTM, the large online world that allows Portal Masters around the world to greatly expand their Skylanders experience.
“Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure‘s success in 2011 validated an exciting idea—that with the right technology, and the creative minds to support it with engaging characters and story, we could define a new model for children’s play,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “Skylanders Giants marks the evolution of this core concept. We’ve got super-sized figures, remarkably cool new characters that light up, as if by magic, and more ways to play and explore Skylands than ever before. We’re delighted to announce the title at Toy Fair 2012 and can’t wait for fans to go hands-on this fall.”
Toys”R”Us has reaffirmed its commitment to Activision and the Skylanders franchise, and will remain a marquee retail partner for the launch of Skylanders Giants. “While it was still in development, we recognized the potential that Skylanders had to connect with our customers due to its unique merging of physical and digital play,” said Jerry Storch, Chairman and CEO, Toys”R”Us, Inc. “The game was an enormous success last holiday shopping season, and the toys seem to evaporate as soon as they arrive on our store shelves. We’re excited to continue our enthusiastic support for Skylanders with a comprehensive, global marketing program to introduce Giants to our customers.”
Skylanders Giants is developed by Toys For Bob, an Activision studio located in Novato, California. The game is not yet rated by the ESRB. For more information, visit www.skylandersgame.com