Disney Interactive announced Wednesday that Disney Infinity was delayed by two months. Coincidentally, Activision sent out a press release less than 24 hours later touting the sales success of its Skylanders franchise that merges toy figures and video games for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Wii, PC and Nintendo 3DS.
"The Skylanders franchise became the first kids' videogame IP to cross the $1 billion mark in just 15 months4, and I think we are still just starting to realize its potential," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. "We knew that the simple, but magical idea, of bringing your toys to life in a video game could change both the video game and the toy industries, and more importantly, change the way kids play. And this fall, we're looking forward to delivering to fans our latest break-through innovation, Skylanders SWAP Force, which lets kids customize their own characters, bringing toys to life to a whole new level."
Activision also said that Skylanders outsold Beyblades, Star Wars and Transformers toys in North America and Europe in 2012 while on its way to sell more than 100 billion toys worldwide.
Skylanders SWAP Force is scheduled to be released sometime this fall and will feature toys that have top and bottom halves that can be separated to form new character combinations with different powers.