The Skylanders franchise has amassed a huge amount of support ever since its debut in 2011 with Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, and with the release of Skylanders: Giants in 2012, the toy-based action series exploded into ‘the next big thing’ in the videogame world.
Naturally, Activision is keen to continue to give the franchise all the support it needs and has today announced Skylanders: Swap Force, currently in development at Vicarious Visions.
Historied developer Toys For Bob handled the creation of the last two Skylanders games but will be stepping aside for Swap Force not only to introduce new blood to the series (Vicarious has handled the handheld versions of the Skylanders games), but also to allow the studio enough time to work on new videogame innovations.
Skylanders: Swap Force, however, seems to have just enough innovation for the franchise, this time allowing players to mix and match different parts of your Skylanders toys, while still staying true to the basic premise of the series, that is, placing and replacing various physical figurines of creatures on the Portal of Power to summon that playable character into the game.
In Swap Force, however, opportunities for customisation abound with sixteen new figures that have different upper- and bottom-halves, which enables you to create a unique Skylander all your own with over 250 possible combinations promised.
In a Joystiq report, it was revealed that one of the bottom-halves available to you will be resplendent with tentacles, which can be swapped out for an electricity wheel, which made for a “squid-machine hybrid” to help the creature become more agile on land.
While Skylanders: Swap Force is still in early development, Joystiq reports that Vicarious Visions has added the ability to jump to the series (hurray!), and rest assured that the latest game will be compatible with all of the previously released figurines.
Here’s Vicarious Visions studio head Guha Bala speaking about all things new in Skylanders: Swap Force:
Skylanders Swap Force – Features Interview
Skylanders: Swap Force is due out this year on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Wii and 3DS – are you looking forward to new adventures in Skylands?
Here’s the full story set up for Skylanders: Swap Force:
“In Skylanders SWAP Force, Portal Masters embark on an all-new adventure in the mysterious Cloudbreak Islands, home to a mystical volcano that erupts every hundred years to replenish the magic in Skylands.
“During an epic battle, a brave group of Skylanders were caught in the volcano’s eruption, which blasted them apart and sent them to earth. But, the magic of the volcano gave these heroes a remarkable new power – the ability to swap halves – turning them into a special team known as the SWAP Force.
“Meanwhile, Kaos is back with a new evil plan. And now, Portal Masters everywhere must reassemble the SWAP Force – in their original form or in new combinations – and send them back to Cloudbreak to save Skylands!”
Check out the rest of the debut screenshots for Skylanders: Swap Force below, with images of the new figures included, too: