Activision Announces Skylanders Giants

By Michelle Balsan, 4 years ago
It may surprise some of you to find out that Activision and Toys for Bob's Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure actually was the Number 1 new kid's IP for 2011 according to NPD data. Undoubtedly, this means the title met with a good deal of success, so Activision has announced that a sequel, Skylander's Giants, is now in development.

Just like Spyro's Adventure, Giants will incorporate the use of real-world toys within a video game environment. The new title promises "a variety of new characters, new challenges, a thrilling new story-driven adventure, and advanced integration across console, handheld, mobile and online".

They also released further details as to what to expect:

Going Big: Skylanders Giants introduces eight new highly collectible figures that are more than twice the size of the main skylanders cast in both physical and virtual form. Their in-game powers and abilities reflect their colossal scale.

Bright Lights: Helping to further the real world magic of bringing toys to life, Skylanders Giants includes a set of characters that feature spectacular new light technology integrated into the toys, allowing the figure to light up when near or on the Portal of Power™. These characters have additional in-game benefits as well. Batteries are not required.

Brand New Skylanders: Eight new regular sized skylanders, each with their own unique powers, abilities, and personality, join the adventure alongside the Giants.

Forward Compatibility: Every beloved character from Skylanders Spyro's Adventure is 100% compatible with Skylanders Giants, leveled-up stats and customizations intact.

Wider Worlds: Portal Masters will see all new arenas and more gameplay options in Battle Mode for exciting head-to-head play, as well as enhanced Elemental Zones, new Hero Challenges, and other features that encourage players to collect and level up every character.
In addition to the details, we also have some screens and a trailer to share with you.

Skylanders Giants 2/9/12 Screenshot 1

Skylanders Giants 2/9/12 Screenshot 2

Skylanders Giants 2/9/12 Screenshot 3

Skylanders Giants 2/9/12 Toys 2

Skylanders Giants is currently set for a Fall 2012 release.
Michelle Balsan
Written by Michelle Balsan
Michelle is the Assistant Manager of the Newshounds at TrueAchievements and has been a member of staff since 2010. When not contributing to gaming websites, she makes her living as a mild-mannered librarian. She can be compelled to play just about anything if there's a co-op component, and has been playing games with friends and siblings since the Atari 2600. As it's reportedly healthy to have hobbies outside of gaming, she also roots for some of the most difficult sporting franchises to root for, the New York Mets and New York Jets, but offsets that by rooting for the New Jersey Devils. She's also seen pretty much none of the movies you have, but she's working on that.