New Video Game Puts Players in the Driver's Seat by Introducing an
Entirely New Way to Play Skylanders with Land, Sea and Sky Vehicles
SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Skylanders® is bringing another trailblazing
innovation to the #1 kids console franchise¹ with the
launch of Skylanders®
SuperChargers on September 20, 2015 in North America.
Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision
Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) and the leaders of the toys-to-life
category it created, expands upon the franchise's signature gameplay to
introduce vehicles-to-life -- an entirely new way for fans to experience
the magic of Skylands.
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Skylanders, the leaders and pioneers of toys-to-life, is giving fans another trailblazing innovation on Sept. 20 in North America with the launch of Skylanders SuperChargers. The new game puts players in the drivers' seat by introducing vehicles-to-life -- an entirely new way to play Skylanders with Land, Sea and Sky Vehicles. (Photo: Business Wire)
At the helm of powerful, tricked-out land, sea and sky vehicles, Portal
Masters can engage in a high-octane action-adventure videogame like
never before. Kids can speed across Skylands' roads in vehicular combat,
race down roaring rapids and engage in aerial dogfights as they
barrel-roll through enemy swarms for the first time. Developed by
Vicarious Visions, Skylanders SuperChargers offers a rich story-driven
gameplay experience, filled with vehicle-based and on-foot adventures,
combat, puzzles, mini games, activities and platforming, set within a
variety of all-new compelling environments.
"We created the toys-to-life category and have continued to lead it by
bringing new innovations and new magic to the genre with each and every
game. First we brought action figures to life, and now we're bringing
vehicles to life with Skylanders SuperChargers," said
Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. "We love making these
games because in order to do it well, you have to constantly tap into
your inner kid. What kid hasn't imagined epic vehicles with amazing
powers and dreamed about the adventures they could have with them? Skylanders
SuperChargers makes those dreams real."
Skylanders SuperChargers features a brand-new class of
heroes, called SuperChargers who are distinct with fresh moves, powerful
attacks and all-new weapons. These SuperChargers also have special
in-game abilities that help Portal Masters fight Kaos. Twenty new
SuperChargers character toys and 20 new vehicle toys will be available.
Players will have the ability to customize all vehicles in-game with
super cool modifications and upgradeable weapons. For the ultimate
gameplay experience, players can pair a SuperCharger Skylander with its
signature vehicle to create a SuperCharged combination, unlocking an
exclusive mod that revs up the performance of both the vehicle and
character. Not only are the vehicles playable in the game, but also many
feature moving parts, making them fun to play with outside of the game.
Additionally, Skylanders SuperChargers supports all 300+
Skylanders toys from previous games, enabling all Skylanders characters
to pilot land, sea or sky-based vehicles.
"Since first partnering with Activision to bring the original Skylanders®
Spyro's Adventure to our stores, we have believed whole-heartedly in
the magic and innovation of this brand, as well as the company's ability
to reimagine and redefine play experiences with the toys-to-life
concept," said Richard Barry, Global Chief Merchandising Officer,
Toys"R"Us, Inc. "With each new introduction, Activision never
disappoints its highly loyal fans of the franchise, and we are thrilled
to continue to offer the broadest assortment of all Skylanders®
merchandise, including the newly introduced Skylanders
The game's storyline focuses on Kaos' latest attempt to rule Skylands.
In his efforts to take down the Skylanders, Kaos has unleashed his most
sinister weapon ever - a massive "Doomstation of Ultimate Doomstruction"
capable of eating the sky itself! Fortunately, Master Eon has seen the
warning signs and assembled a special team of Skylanders to pilot an
unstoppable fleet of land, sea and sky vehicles with the power to travel
through the reign of destruction to stop Kaos!
To support the game's announcement, motorsports champion Travis Pastrana
stars in the Skylanders SuperChargers trailer. Check
out Pastrana having a blast with the Skylanders! Fans can pre-order Skylanders
SuperChargers Starter Pack beginning on June 3 at select retail
destinations worldwide for the suggested retail price of $74.99 in North
America, which includes two new Skylanders characters, a first-of-its
kind Skylanders vehicle, newly designed Portal of Power®+ and
the full AAA game. Skylanders SuperChargers will be
available on Xbox 360™ and Xbox One™ video game
and entertainment systems from Microsoft, PlayStation® 3
and PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment systems, Nintendo's
Wii U™ system, and a different, unique adventure will be made
available on Nintendo's Wii™ system and the Nintendo 3DS™
hand-held system. Additionally, the complete Skylanders
SuperChargers experience will be available on iPad®.
The game will be available on September 20 in North America, September
24 in Australia/New Zealand; and on September 25 in Europe.
About the Skylanders®
The award-winning, $3 billionSkylanders franchise has sold
through more than 250 million action figures 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 globally². The game
was also the first console game to simultaneously bring the entire AAA
experience to tablets.
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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SKYLANDERS TRAP TEAM, SKYLANDERS SPYRO'S ADVENTURE, SKYLANDERS GIANTS,
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¹ ²The NPD Group, GfK Chart-track, Activision Blizzard
internal estimates, including toys and accessories
newly designed Portal of Power will not be available in the Nintendo 3DS
and iPad versions
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