Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
will not be a conventional game. The initial purchase will net you a copy of the game, a 'Portal' mat, three toy figurines, and a few trading cards. Each toy contains a microchip; when the toy is placed on the portal, the portal reads the chip and the character is rendered into the game.
There will be 32 characters in total for gamers to collect. Each character comes from a different home world, but Kaos, an evil Portal Master, has removed them and forced them to exist in our world as toys. Players have to return the characters back to their own world.
In the run-up to E3, three of the starter characters have been unveiled, with trailers showcasing gameplay for each of them:
It is unclear whether these will be the three toys that make up the starter pack, or whether there will be a variety of starter packs with different characters. For more information on these characters and a sneak peek at the toys themselves, check out our coverage of the game
from February.Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
is due to be released in Autumn / Fall 2011.