Published on June 1st, 2016 | by octaneblue0
Skylanders Imaginators – Reveal Gameplay Trailer & Press Release Announcement
Activision has officially announced the sixth core title in the Skylanders series! Developed by Toys for Bob and titled Skylanders Imaginators, the main draw here is the ability to create and customize your own digital Skylanders! However, several new Skylanders, this time dubbed “Senseis,” will be available to purchase. Villains, available for the first time in a physical figure format, will make an appearance in the game as Senseis as well! Check out the reveal gameplay trailer below!
Skylanders Imaginators introduces a new figure dubbed as the “Creation Crystal.” These are what you will utilize to save your customized Skylanders, and there will be one for each element. The game also introduces different “Battle Classes” that Senseis are sorted into, with classes such as Knights, Sorcerers, Bowslingers, and Brawlers; each class will have unique abilities. And like with previous games, Senseis will be able to unlock exclusive areas. They will also have what is described as a “master-to-apprentice” relationship with Imaginators, with Senseis having the ability to unlock Imaginator weapons, increase the level cap for Imaginators, and unlocking Secret Techniques of Imaginators matching the Sensei’s Battle Class. Senseis will also have a new ability known as “Sky-Chi,” which is described as the “ultimate Battle Class move.” Announced Senseis include Master King Pen (pictured below), a penguin that utilizes blades for attacks, Tri Tip, a triceratops armed with a club, and Golden Queen, a villain that first appeared in Skylanders Trap Team as a Doom Raider.
There will be 20 brand-new Skylanders and 11 former villains. Of course, all previously-released figures will be compatible with Skylanders Imaginators too. As with previous entries in the series, Skylanders Imaginators includes a story mode, which will support 2-player local co-op play.
Skylanders Imaginators launches in North America on October 16, 2016 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Wii U, with an MSRP of $74.99. The Starter Pack includes the game, a Portal of Power, and figures for Master King Pen, Golden Queen, and a Fire-element Creation Crystal. Individual Sensei figures are priced at $14.99 and Creation Crystals cost $9.99. As with the recent entries in the series, a Dark Edition Starter Pack has been announced, with an MSRP of $99.99, but no further details have been announced.
Check out the full, detailed press release below!
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Fans to Submit their Skylander Designs for Chance to have Creations Featured in Game at Launch!
Santa Monica, Calif. – June 1, 2016 – Since the launch of Skylanders®, kids around the world have sent Toys For Bob, the pioneers of the toys-to-life category, hand-drawn Skylanders with one special request – please bring my Skylander to life. This October, Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) will make that wish a reality. For the first time, Skylanders® Imaginators will empower Portal Masters to unleash their imaginations by giving them the freedom to create their own Skylander.
“Since we launched the very first Skylanders game, we have received countless letters and drawings from kids all over the world sharing their vision for their own Skylanders. No matter how in touch with our ‘inner kids’ we might think we are as adults, nothing comes close to the endless creativity that springs from the mind of an inspired kid,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. “We’ve turned this year’s game into the ultimate blank canvas for kids’ imaginations so they can create and play their own Skylanders.”
Skylanders Imaginators gives players immense possibilities — including appearance, powers, abilities, names, catchphrases, musical themes and much more — to create the wildest Skylanders imaginable. The amazing depth of the creation system could allow for more than a googol distinctive characters.
With the evil Kaos on a new quest to take over Skylands, it’s up to Portal Masters everywhere to create their own Skylanders – known as Imaginators – using the new elementally-aligned toy type called the Creation Crystal. Creation Crystals allow players to transport their Imaginators to consoles at anytime, anywhere!
Skylanders Imaginators introduces Skylanders Senseis, all-new heroes who represent 10 powerful Battle Classes such as Knight, Sorcerer, Bowslinger, Brawler and more. Skylanders Senseis help train created Imaginators by offering a range of benefits including unlocking super-cool Imaginator weapons, providing access to special areas in the game, as well as bestowing Secret Techniques across the Battle Classes. Senseis also have their own unique benefits including the extraordinary ability to unleash Sky-Chi – the ultimate Battle Class super move. There are a total of 31 Senseis, which include some fan-favorite villains who have been reformed and now fight for good!
“Skylanders consistently delivers on innovative gameplay experiences. With customization a dominant trend in the consumer market, the fact that Skylanders Imaginators will allow kids to bring their own creations to life is a game changer and one our customers will enjoy,” said Richard Barry, Global Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys”R”Us, Inc. “We are proud to continue to serve as a marquee Skylanders destination, and look forward to fans’ excitement when the new Skylanders Imaginators game arrives this holiday season.”
To celebrate imaginations coming to life, Activision is kicking off the
“Skylanders Art-to-Life Contest.” Starting today, Portal Masters are invited to submit drawings of their own created Skylanders for a chance to have their characters represented in the Skylanders Imaginators game at launch! To participate, fans simply draw their imagined Skylander and submit it via Instagram or Twitter with the dedicated hashtag#SkylandersArtContest, or to us directly at SkylandersCommunity@Activision.com.
The judging panel will include Toys For Bob who will determine a grand prize winner. For more information, including rules, visit: Skylanders.com/SkylanderArtContest.
Starting today, fans can pre-order Skylanders Imaginators Starter Packs which include two new Skylanders characters, a Creation Crystal, Portal of Power®and the full AAA game. Skylanders Imaginators will be available on Xbox 360™ and Xbox One™video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft, PlayStation® 3 and PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment systems and Nintendo’s Wii U™ system.
Developed by Toys For Bob, Skylanders Imaginators supports all 300+ Skylanders toys from previous games. The game will be available on October 16 in North America for the suggested retail price of $74.99. For more information, fans can check out the debut of the Skylanders Snapchat channel or watch the story unfold here and here.
About the Skylanders® Franchise
The award-winning, $3 billion Skylanders franchise has sold through more than 250 million toys(1) 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(1). Skylanders® SuperChargers launched on September 20, 2015 and expanded upon the franchise’s signature gameplay to introduce vehicles-to-life for the first time.
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.
Source: Activision PR e-mail, SkylandersGame YouTube channel