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2017 will be the first year since 2011 that will not see a new entry in the Skylanders franchise.
In today’s Activision Blizzard earnings call, the publisher revealed that there will not be a new Skylanders console game released this year.
The franchise has added a new major installment every year since it began in 2011 with Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, the most recent release being Skylanders: Imaginators in fall 2016. The games have seen mixed retail success, and in November of last year rumors began circulating that the series’ future may be uncertain. These came following a shake-up in the toys-to-life gaming world, with Disney Infinity being completely cancelled in May 2016 following a disappointing earnings report from Disney.
Today’s announcement from Activision Blizzard sheds new light on the Skylander situation, revealing that the publisher will be forgoing the release of a brand-new console Skylanders entry, to instead focus on existing properties within the Skylanders universe. Skylanders: Imaginators will be receiving new adventure packs, characters, and other content, and the game will also be made available for play on the Nintendo: Switch console when it is released in March.
In addition, the games’ accompanying animated TV series Skylanders Academy has officially been ordered for a 3rd season by Netflix, with the 1st season airing to considerable success and the 2nd season slated to release later in 2017. The Activision Blizzard earnings call also mentions that a Skylanders mobile game is currently in development, with no mention of an expected release date.
It is currently unknown whether or not the Skylanders series will return to consoles with a new entry in 2018.