We are getting a new Skylanders game called SuperChargers
This is a Toys to Life title that uses plastic figures placed on a USB peripheral to unlock them in the game. While this year’s title continues to support all 300 of the existing Skylanders it also adds 20 new and returning heroes and 20 vehicles.
These SuperCharger Skylanders are each paired with one of the vehicles and unlock an extensive range of modifications. Progressing through the game adds parts and accessories to tailor each ride to your preferred game-play style. The vehicles are grouped into air, land and sea. Each of them unlocks different special driving, flying and sailing sections throughout the game.
The game comes in a Starter Pack with one vehicle (Hot Streak), one returning Skylander (Sure Shot Stealth Elf) and one new Skylander (Spitfire) as well as a new rubberized portal. The portal continues to support last year’s traps that here unlock power ups for the vehicles. Also announced were new Air Skylander Stormblade, the Sky Slicer Air Vehicle and Dive Bomber Water Vehicle with its Skylander Dive-Clops.
From what we’ve seen so far this is an impressive step forwards by Skylanders. Looking back at sales from 2014 it’s equally impressive to see that it outsold its competitors by at least 30% in 2014 (The NPD Group, GfK Chart) along with racking up 250,000,000 figurine sales since 2011 (The NPD Group, GfK Chart).
There is significant enjoyment and value on offer here for families. While it’s the new characters, levels and customizable vehicles that will catch youngster’s eyes, supporting everyone of the old figures and traps along with offering digital versions to work with the old portals is a master stroke that will be warmly welcomed by parents.
Skylanders SuperChargers will be released on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iPad, Nintendo Wii U. This year we don’t get the full game on the Wii but there is a complementary offering on Wii and 3DS. The game releases September 20 in North America, September 25 in Europe.