Skylanders is a video game series taking the gaming community by storm. Currently it ranks as one of my son’s all-time favorite games yet, having just gotten Skylanders Giants this past Christmas. I don’t know what he enjoys more… playing the game or collecting the Skylanders figures. Now Activision is working on releasing the next installment in the game’s franchise: 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!
The game will introduce 16 SWAP Force characters, 16 new Skylanders figures, 8 LightCore Skylanders, and 16 returning Skylanders with all new in-game powers and abilities. The SWAP Force Skylanders have the unique ability to mix and match their top and bottom parts to create new characters with different in-game abilities and powers; 256 unique combinations all total.
One aspect that will appeal to Skylanders fans is that all figures from both Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure & Skylander’s Giants will work in Skylanders SWAP Force. More importantly, these figures will still retain all of their earned levels and acquired upgrades; so no worrying about having to start from scratch.
The game will launch Fall 2013 (specific date not yet known) to the Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, and Nintendo 3DS.
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by John Minton