Skylanders Giants due this fall

Sequel to 2011's children's toy/game hybrid arriving this year with bigger figures, more areas; all original characters compatible with new game.

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Activision scored a holiday hit with Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, and the publisher isn't wasting time in preparing a follow-up. The publisher today announced a sequel, Skylanders Giants, for release this fall.

One of the new "Giants" in the new Skylanders title appears to be made of wood.

Skylanders Giants brings 20 new characters to the game, including figures twice the size--both in-game and in action figure form--of those in the original. Additionally, Activision said some of these figures sport a "light technology" that illuminates the figure when it is close to the game's "Portal of Power."

Additionally, Skylanders Giants features all-new arenas and fresh gameplay options in the title's battle mode. Further, Activision said Skylanders Giants features "enhanced" elemental zones and new hero challenges.

All characters from Skylanders: Spryo's Adventures will be compatible with Skylanders Giants. The game is in development at Toys for Bob, the Novato, California-based developer behind the original game.

Activision did not announce what platforms Skylanders Giants will arrive on or what the game will cost. For reference, Skylanders: Spyro's Adventures was released for the Wii, Xbox 360, 3DS, PlayStation 3, PC, and Mac carrying a $70 price tag. Additional characters are available for that game via separate purchase.

The original Skylanders: Spyro's Adventures boasted connectivity with real-world toys based on the Spyro universe. In Spyro's Adventures, players could place the game's numerous figures--who have distinct special abilities--on a "portal" and have characters appear in game.

Skylanders: Spyro's Adventures has been nominated for three awards at the 2012 Interactive Achievement Awards at D.I.C.E. 2012, including nods for Outstanding Innovation, Family Game of the Year, and Outstanding Achievement in Game Play Engineering. The award show will be broadcast live on GameSpot this Thursday, February 9.

For more on the Skylanders franchise, check out GameSpot's review of Skylanders: Spyro's Adventures.

Discussion

25 comments
jedinortd_basic
jedinortd_basic

I'm 32 years old and I play the first with my best friend all the time. We already plan on being at the store when it opens for giants :P Sad I know, but hey we love it lol

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

what a shocker and we all know they are going to milk this to death just like what they are doing with cod and that one music game that they have

craigprime
craigprime

I saw this coming. Just by looking at the game, you can see how a sequel was practically already being made before the original released. The original was alright, but it definititly needs an upgrade. Lack of jumping, short storyline, and shallow battle mode is what needs to change. Put all that stuff in, and I'll buy it. Oh yeah, and those new figures better not be uber-expensive, they sound like a money-sucker.

anticusho1984
anticusho1984

it seems this is just the second skylanders from the many that will be coming out this decade

Velocirapteryx
Velocirapteryx

For those wanting a "proper Spyro title", play the 3DS version. It's classic platforming like the original Spyro titles.

bluemouse03
bluemouse03

If you come think about it, this is a really good marketing technique. I'm not saying that I like it but whether we it or not, business is business. I can think of another company that has thought of combining toys and a video game. Smart but damn, I still agree with @Gelugon_baat. Another expensive toy that kids bug their parents to buy for their entertainment.

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

Looks like Activision has just found themselves another new cash cow.

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

@CptRexKramer Your right who ever came up with this money making scheme deserves a medal it's basicly DLC aimed at kids "buy this toy and get a new character for your game" Gotta ask having never played it myself when you get new figures do you have to dwnload them or are they already on the disk?

Hurvl
Hurvl

Expensive toys for children, that's where the real money is at.

hitomo
hitomo

ERNieRN Posted : 'I liked the game. It is great to play with my 5 year old' you just robbing his childhood and destroying his ability to use his own imagination ... dont be so egocentric, if you want to play this game, do it, but dont let your little kids play video-games, dont you have any sense? go out and give your child the change to develop itself in the REAL WORLD ...

RatchetV1
RatchetV1

I'll give it a try with a decent price drop

Otulissa
Otulissa

I was rather disappointed with the first, yes the characters and portal worked good, but it didn't really feel like there was enough to do, and with them expecting a sequel this quickly doesnt get my hopes up.

NickyWithATicky
NickyWithATicky

I wish this had been around when I was a kid. I'm far too sensible to spend that kind of money on a game now... ...unless it has plastic instruments... forgot about GH :)

Luismx98
Luismx98

is this game is for console or is like a DLC to skylanders: Spyro's Adventures

svaubel
svaubel

Skylanders was a surprisingly fun and good game. Will definately look into this. Yes the game gets pricy if you buy a lot of the toys but you really only need one of each element if you want to see all the areas. I can say though it was fun enough I will probably pick up the sequel

Tsuchikage
Tsuchikage

This was expected given the boatloads of money Skylanders made Activision. It would be harder to be angry at the game's business model if it wasn't the high-quality title it is.

ERNieRN
ERNieRN

I liked the game. It is great to play with my 5 year old. However i am extremely frustrated trying to collect the characters. Specifically the Air element. It is suprising that Activision is not pumping them out in order to capitalize on the market while it hot. As commented previously this is a CASH COW.... the starter is about $60 CDN... each of the characters originally 7.99 CDN now are 9.99 each. With 32 possible characters and some extra level stuff at 19.99 to get a complete set you are looking about 300 CDN..... if you look up skylanders in the dictionary it should read "a method to suck money out of parents wallets". Overall i have definitely played worse games with my kids. peace.

Warhawk613
Warhawk613

Activision open your heart and give us a "proper Spyro game." Listen to the peeps for once.

floppytac0
floppytac0

Activision has failed to meet demand for the first one. You have to buy from the scalpers on Ebay if you want to find them. Forget all of that. I am not going to disappoint my kid again with the sequel .

DeathwachMarine
DeathwachMarine

Now if they can only do a PROPER spyro installment, that would actually be worth buying. *sigh* A guy can dream can't he?

CptRexKramer
CptRexKramer

My 8 year old saved up his money and just bought this. From an 8 year olds point of view, the game is a blast. From mine...... ehh. I'll tell you what, though. The guys and gals that came up with this created a HUGE cash cow. The starter pack was around 50 pounds. Then on top of that, there's something like 30 figures you can buy at around 10 pounds. Not to mention the variant version that were made in limited numbers, and I'm sure they are not cheap. Then to top it off, at the moment, most stores around the UK have run their stocks dry. No figures to be found. I've seen some figures on the secondary market being sold for 70 pounds. Cash cow, indeed.

Dark-Star13
Dark-Star13

Skylanders was a fun, yet flawed title, hope the sequel fixes the problems weighing the first one down.

John_Aguilera
John_Aguilera

I've been wanting to give the first one a chance.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

This does not apply to me in any way. I guess it doesn't have to, news is news.