Activision has unveiled the newest installment in the massively popular Skylanders video game series: Skylanders SuperChargers. The toys-to-life game will introduce a new gameplay mechanic to the franchise, in the form of vehicles for land, water and air. The game will see players stopping Kaos and his “Doomstation of Ultimate Doomstruction,” which is capable of eating the very sky of Skylands.
Developed by Vicarious Visions, Skylanders Superchargers will introduce 20 new vehicle toys for players to purchase, each with an elemental affinity, as well as 20 new SuperChargers characters. These Skylanders each have a signature vehicle from the lineup, and when used in the right combination, players will unlock a bonus increasing the performance of both the Skylander and the vehicle.
Just as players can upgrade their Skylanders with new abilities, gamers will also be able to upgrade their vehicles and each vehicle’s weapons. This includes the ability to find hidden vehicle mods while playing, including a volcanic booster engine that shoots lava rocks at enemies, and jet wings with feathers made of gold.
The game will support all 300+ Skylanders toys from previous games, with each Skylander having the ability to control these vehicles.
While Skylanders Superchargers will introduce a new Portal of Power to the franchise, gamers can use an existing portal from past games as well. Specifically, players can purchase a digital Portal Owners Pack for the game, allowing them to download the full game and complete the campaign with downloadable versions of the Spitfire SuperCharger character and Instant Hot Streak vehicle.
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. 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 will launch on iPad, home consoles and the Nintendo 3DS on September 20 in North America, September 24 in Australia and New Zealand, and September 25 in Europe. The game’s Starter Pack will cost $74.99 in North America, and will include two new Skylanders characters, one vehicle and a redesigned Portal of Power.