Skip to main content
  1. Tech
  2. Games
  3. Consoles

How the development of 'Skylanders Trap Team' has become more of a family affair

See also

You'd naturally expect the opinions of children to play the role in a series like "Skylanders," but according to Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg, the kids of the developers have played a cardinal role in the franchise's development into one of the most popular video game series in the industry today.

“Kids are a big part of the creative process, through the development, at multiple stages we bring in kids for play testing, which is fairly standard,” Hirshberg told Examiner in an exclusive interview. “With Skylanders, a lot of the people that are involved with [the series] just coincidentally happen to have kids [of their own] in the right age zone, and so that’s become a big part of the process, it’s that our own kids have become these de-facto, built-in focus groups.”

It goes past simple play testing. A family affair of sorts, Hirshberg says developers and their kids actually have conversations regarding gameplay elements and even discuss the look and feel of new characters.

"When we’re designing new characters or working on some of their mechanics, they’re sort of the first ones we run them by,” Hirshberg added. “I think everyone who has had the lucky coincidence of having kids of the right age is really enjoying that part of the process.”

Are you a fan of the "Skylanders" series? Do your kids play the games? Sound off in the comments section below.

Advertisement

Don't Miss

  • Unity
    'Assassin's Creed Unity' preview: Ubisoft comes home to its urban origins
    Games Preview
  • Smart vending machine
    This smart vending machine will recommend drinks for you based on your gender and age
    Video
    Tech Buzz
  • Destiny
    The 'Destiny' beta: 7 things we absolutely love about Bungie's new franchise
    Games Feature
  • Wi-Fi
    Find out how to stretch your Wi-Fi signal where it has never gone before
    Tech Tips
  • Far Cry
    'Far Cry 4' exclusive: Animals, avalanches, oxygen, side content and much more
    Games Interview
  • Gamer ghost
    Gamer finds and plays with ghost of deceased father on a classic game
    Video
    Headlines

Related Videos:

  • Smosh Games creates 'The honest Pokemon trailer'
    <iframe width="600" height="337" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xMq-FyDBeBA?VQ=HD720&amp;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Wooden Sen'Sey
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518264588" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518264588&autoStart=true"></div>
  • ‘Siesta Fiesta’ initial thoughts
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518320340" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518320340&autoStart=true"></div>