The yearly release schedule of Skylanders is coming to an end (at least temporarily). Activision announced that there won’t be a 2017 Skylanders release during their Q4 2016 earnings call yesterday. This information shouldn’t come as a complete surprise as sales aren’t as strong as previous installments (although it still sold very well).
There’s still plenty of money to be made with Skylanders, though, and Activision will do just that by releasing multiple add-ons for Skylanders Imaginators. New adventure packs, characters and “in-game content” will be released throughout 2017. This will assure that fans have something to do while the series is in-between new installments.
Here’s the full statement (transcript via Seeking Alpha):
Activision also released Skylanders Imaginators during the fourth quarter, an innovative new game that allows players to create and play their very own Skylanders. The game has delighted kids around the world, and has grown the franchise to become the 11th biggest console franchise of all time with more than 300 million toys sold. Based on this franchise strength, our film and TV division launched its first initiative, Skylanders Academy on Netflix in October, which has been very well received. The second season will be delivered later this year, and Netflix has already ordered a third season. In 2017, rather than releasing a new console title, we will be supporting the award-winning Skylanders Imaginators with multiple adventure packs, new characters and new in-game content. We are also excited to bring Skylanders Imaginators to Nintendo Switch as a launch title next month, and we have a new Skylanders mobile game in development.
The latest entry in the series, Skylanders Imaginators, released October 13, 2016 for consoles.
(Source: Seeking Alpha)