Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Skylanders Battlecast Announced: Trailer & Press Release

Skylanders BattleCast Official Trailer

*Official Press Release Below*




Skylanders Delivers Brand-New Adventure with

Free-to-Play Mobile Card Battle Game

SANTA MONICA, Calif. - August 18, 2015 - Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), is setting out to create a legendary league of card battlers with the mobile card battle game, Skylanders Battlecast.  Created by the pioneers of the toys-to-life videogame category, Skylanders Battlecast brings cards to life in a new free-to-play mobile adventure, set within the Skylanders universe. The game offers everything from collectibility to strategic card combat, online PvP and an exciting single-player campaign, appealing to both Skylanders fans and classic card battle enthusiasts. Skylanders Battlecast lets players create a team of their favorite heroes and build the ultimate deck for battle.  Fans can master strategic card combinations to become a champion of Skylands.

"Built from the ground up to bring Skylanders to life on mobile devices, Skylanders Battlecast combines physical card play with mobile gaming in an all-new way," says Eric Hirshberg, CEO, Activision Publishing, Inc.  "This is our biggest investment, and one of our most magical ideas yet, for the Skylanders franchise on mobile."

For Skylanders Battlecast, players can purchase physical card packs at retail, as well as digital card packs in-game.  Players will experience a magic moment by scanning cards with their mobile devices and watching them come to life.  Additionally, fans can scan two character cards to create animated duels in which players can physically interact with the characters.

"We are bringing physical cards to life in an exciting new way. Activision has assembled a team of experts across video game design, physical card game design, pro card players and top card artists to develop an amazing new experience," says Josh Taub, senior vice president, product management, Activision Publishing. "With Skylanders Battlecast, fans can expect the amazing creativity, innovation and fun that Skylanders games are known for delivering."

Coming in 2016, Skylanders Battlecast will be available via the App Store, Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

*End Press Release*

So, what are your thoughts?  Are you going all in on this one?  Are you dreading it because you know you'll collect them all, or are you up for the challenge Portal Master?  I definitely plan to give the game a shot and I personally think it has a lot of potential to be a very fun, addicting game!

Later tonight I will be adding a dedicated subforum for Battlecast on the Skylander Club Forum, so look for that...in the mean time, you can join in here:

Lastly, let's take a look at some of the images we've got:

Back of the Cards
^The design is stellar in my opinion!^

Character Side
^Let's see if these match card/in game stats!^

In-App Gameplay

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Skylanders SuperChargers Alt-Deco Figures up for Pre-Order

Well the news cycle post-Gamescom didn't lull for too long...As of today we now know of multiple alt-deco Skylanders AND vehicles to add to the wish list!  As you might have guessed, several of these are store exclusives and they confirm the return of familiar concepts like Legendary, Nitro, and holiday specials.

Skylanders SuperChargers Alt-Deco and Wave 1 Pre-Order News

Let's take a look at the figures and their known retail outlets:

Legendary Hurricane Jet-Vac
Exclusive to: Toys'R'Us
Estimated Ship Date: Launch Day 9/20/2015
Price: $13.99 (Should be $12.99, but it is TRU so they do the +$1)
Pre-Order Click Here for Legendary Hurricane Jet-Vac Pre-Order

Nitro Stealth Stinger
Exclusive to: Target
Estimated Ship Date: Launch Day 9/20/2015
Price: $14.99
Pre-Order Link: Click Here for Nitro Stealth Stinger Pre-Order

Steel Plated Smash Hit
Exclusive to: Best Buy
Estimated Ship Date: Launch Day 9/20/2015
Price: $12.99

Frightful Fiesta
Exclusive to: EBGames in Canada (GameStop in the US, or a common release as we usually see with holiday variants...Regardless he is definitely at GameStop)
Estimated Ship Date: Launch Day 9/20/2015
Price: $12.99 US

So, there you go...we are just a bit shy of 1 month until the release date and we have 4 alt-decos up for grabs.  It is interesting you can pre-order all of them, but my experience with launch day in the past has been that everything is well stocked.  That could change, they could have low production on some of these guys, but for the most part pre-ordering now is not near as big of a deal as it is for "holiday" time and afterwards.  If you miss out on the initial run, the shelves should be restocked for the prime holiday shopping.  I prefer to hold out to avoid freight and to likely cash in on some sales!

Personally, I am the most excited for Frightful Fiesta!  He looks amazing, although I'm slightly disappointed that there is no matching Crypt Crusher (at least not yet).  Note that the bases also get a nice custom paint this time around.

The "Steel Plated" version of Smash Hit is interesting and you have to wonder if this is a one-off for their store exclusive, or if we might see "Steel Plated" become a regular staple like Legendary, Dark, and Nitro.  

I've never been a big fan of the "gold and white" color scheme for the Nitros, but it doesn't look too bad on the copter, although I am 99% sure I'll prefer the standard scheme.  

I remain a big fan of the Legendary Skylanders and despite being a HUGE Jet-Vac fan, I am a bit disappointed to see him get Legendary form #2 while other characters could have taken their first dive into the exclusive club.  I personally had hoped for a Legendary Shark Shooter Terrafin, but I digress.  How do you feel about it?  Leave a comment here, on the video, or on the Skylander Club Forum.

Lastly, it is worth noting that multiple sites are adding Wave 1 characters and vehicles to the pre-order list.  Many have claimed a HUGE listing for Wave 1...those claims and assumptions are not matching up with what we see across retail sites like Amazon, Best Buy, and GameStop.

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For those interested, here is a quick rundown of what we have seen:

-Shark Shooter Terrafin

-Sky Slicer
-Crypt Crusher
-Sea Shadow
-Dive Bomber

Racing Action Packs
-Sea: Deep Dive Gill Grunt, Reef Ripper, Golden Queen Trophy

Dual Packs
-Two Have Been Listed
--They are believed to be a Terrafin Pack and a Jet-Vac Pack (Skylander + Vehicle)

There is also, of course, the Starter Pack contents and the alt-decos listed above.
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What are your thoughts?  Are you excited about the alt-decos?  Which one do you like the best?  Will you be buying just the alternate, both the alternate and the standard, or just the one you prefer the best on a case-by-case basis?

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Skylanders SuperChargers Online Co-Op, Online Racing, Racing Adventure Packs, and New Screenshots

Skylanders SuperChargers Gamescom Notes
(These are the Notes I compile from Press Releases and Insider Info to Make the Video)

Adventure Mode
Racing Mode

Adventure Mode
-Single Player Adventure Mode
-Local Co-Op Adventure Mode
 -Online Co-Op Adventure Mode

Racing Mode
-Land, Sea, and Sky

-Time Trials
Three Lap Races
Compete for #1 Spot on Leaderboard

Skylanders SuperChargers Racing

Dedicated Racing Combat Game
New Tracks for Wii and 3DS

Nintendo Wii
-Splitscreen Multiplayer
-No Online

Nintendo 3DS
-Local Multiplayer
-Online with up to 4 Players

All SuperChargers Starter Packs come with 6 Dynamic Race Tracks
-2 Land, 2 Sea, and 2 Sky
-Diverse Locations, Hidden Routes, Power-Ups, Boosts, Hazards
-Up to 50 Different and Exciting Gameplay Experiences (what?)
-Voice Chat available with friends for an added layer of excitement

Skylanders SuperChargers Racing Action Packs $34.99
-1 Land, 1 Sea, and 1 Sky
--Includes SuperCharger, Signature Vehicle, and a Villain Trophy
--Villain Trophy Unlocks 2 New Tracks and New Modes
---Super Villain Cup, Boss Pursuit, and Mirror Cup
----12 Boss Villains Total, 4 in Each of the 3 Packs (Land, Sea, and Sky)
-----Defeat the Villain and gain the ability to race as them
-----Store Boss Villains on Trophy to Play at Friend’s House

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Skylanders SuperChargers Gamescom Online Racing and Co-op Reveal


Skylanders Charges into Gamescom with
Exciting Announcements and Franchise Firsts

COLOGNE, Germany -  August 5, 2015  - Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), continues to blaze the toys-to-life trail with Skylanders franchise firsts, racing and online multiplayer gameplay on console in  Skylanders® SuperChargers , developed by Vicarious Visions. Whether fans prefer co-operative play in Adventure Mode or competitive multiplayer with up to four players in Racing Mode,  Skylanders SuperChargers ' online gaming is fueled with adrenaline-pumping action right out of the box. 

Skylanders' all-new Racing Mode, playable in Land, Sea and Sky environments, features supercharged racing combat, layering in even more depth and excitement to the game's online multiplayer component.  The high-octane mode is further amplified with all-new time trials, which include three-lap races that take friendly competition up a notch as players battle for the best time score on the leaderboard.  All  Skylanders SuperChargers  Starter Packs will come loaded with six dynamic race tracks - two each for Land, Sea and Sky. With hidden routes, power-ups, and diverse locations, Racing Mode offers completely new ways to enjoy the game. Whether played in offline split-screen or online multiplayer, gamers can choose the best route to finish a race, trying to avoid attacks along the way as they navigate through dynamic environments. Voice-chat is available with friends for an added layer of excitement.

Skylanders SuperChargers  delivers more ways to play than ever before:
  • Single-player Adventure Mode
  • Online and local co-operative Adventure Mode
  • Local 2-player head-to-head racing in split screen
  • Online competitive racing with up to 4 players
"Skylanders fans told us they wanted to go head-to-head in online multiplayer with their friends and family, and we delivered.  Skylanders SuperChargers  enables gamers to race against friends all over the world and brings an exciting new expansion to the Skylanders gameplay experience," said John Coyne, senior vice president of consumer marketing, Activision Publishing, Inc.  "We continue to be firmly committed to driving Skylanders' spirit for providing originality, innovation, creativity and fun with each game."

Skylanders SuperChargers  continues to rev its engine with the addition of Skylanders SuperChargers  Racing Action Packs at launch and beyond. These optional expansion packs, one each for Land, Sea and Sky, unlock even more thrilling racing content for Portal Masters. Each pack comes loaded with three special toys, including a SuperCharger, its signature vehicle and a villain trophy. The villain trophy unlocks two new tracks and new modes, including SuperVillain Cup, Boss Pursuit and Mirror Cup. There are 12 boss villains across all three packs, with four in each pack, which players can defeat and play as. Fans can then store these boss villains on their villain trophy toy to play at a friend's house.

Fans can augment their  SuperCharger  experience with a complementary, dedicated racing combat game --  Skylanders SuperChargers Racing  -- for the Wii™ system and Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system. All-new tracks, augmented with power-ups, boosts, hazards and more, offer up to 50 different and exciting gameplay experiences. On Nintendo 3DS, gamers can go head-to-head with competitive multiplayer via local play or online with up to four players. Iconic Nintendo character Bowser™ and his Sky vehicle, Clown Cruiser are available in the Skylanders SuperChargers Racing  Starter Packs for Wii and Nintendo 3DS and can also be played on the Wii U™ system.   The Supercharged character not only works in  Skylanders SuperChargers Racing , but also as amiibo in compatible Nintendo games, so players can store their saved data in both modes with a simple twist of the figure's base.

About Skylanders SuperChargers
Skylanders SuperChargers  expands upon the franchise's signature gameplay to introduce a brand-new play pattern to fans, vehicles-to-life.  For the first time ever, kids can explore and navigate the mountainous terrains, deep sea environments and big blue skies of Skylands like never before by going behind the wheel of powerful, tricked-out land, sea and sky vehicles - bringing them from physical world into the digital world in a high octane action-adventure videogame. The game offers a diverse and dynamic story-driven gameplay experience, filled with vehicle-based and on-foot adventures featuring combat, puzzles, mini games, activities and platforming -- all set within a variety of new compelling environments.  Skylanders SuperChargers  has 20 land, sea and sky vehicles that are fun to play in the game and in the real world. There is also a new class of heroes -- 20 SuperCharger toys that feature all-new powerful attacks and moves, upgrades and personalities. The game supports all 300+ Skylander toys from previous games.

S kylanders SuperChargers  will be available on  September 25  in Europe and September 20  in North America on the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation® 4 system, PlayStation® 3 system and Nintendo's Wii U™ system. Additionally, the complete Skylanders SuperChargers  experience will be available on iPad®(1).  Skylanders SuperChargers Racing  will be available on  September 25  in Europe and  September 20  in North America for Wii™ and Nintendo 3DS.

About the Skylanders® Franchise
The award-winning, $3 billion Skylanders franchise has sold through more than 250 million action figures(2) since pioneering the toys-to-life category in 2011 with the debut of Skylanders® Spyro's Adventure. The game originated a play pattern that seamlessly bridged physical and virtual worlds across multiple platforms. In 2012,Skylanders® Giants further evolved the genre and added LightCore® characters to the collection of interaction figures.  Skylanders® SWAP Force™, which launched in 2013, introduced an all new play pattern - swapability. In 2014, Skylanders® Trap Team reversed the magic of bringing toys to life by allowing players to pull characters out of the digital world into the physical world and became the number 1 kids' console game globally(2).

About Activision Publishing
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading global producer and publisher of interactive entertainment. Activision maintains operations throughout the world. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's website, www.activision.com or by following @Activision.

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