Since 2011, Activision has held a Skylanders reveal in New York City for members of the press and media. Last nights event may have topped them all. On April 23, 2014 at the upscale Affirmation Arts complex located in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg and Paul Reich from Toys For Bob revealed the next installment in the billion dollar franchise, Skylanders Trap Team.
In Skylanders Trap Team, Kaos has another evil plan to take over Skylands, his plan is to break the villains out of prison to team up with him to take over Skylands and become the supreme ruler. The prison is built from traptanium to keep the prisoners locked away, but when his plan goes wrong (as it always does), the prison blows up and the villains are basically lost as shards of traptanium are sent all over earth. This is where the portal master (gamers) are brought into the game in a new and innovative way to help find and trap these villains and bring them to over to the good side.
Using a new portal with a key accessory, players will be able to capture the villains and turn them to the good side so they can go from fighting against the Skylanders to being allies of them. The new portal has a dedicated trap section to insert a crystal once the enemy has been defeated and you pull the enemy from game to be used like you would any other figure. You will have the ability to play as this new trapped figure, or take the crystal to your friends house and play with them there. For the first time ever in the Skylanders franchise, you will also have the ability to play as Kaos once you trap him.
Some of the capturable characters shown were Chill Bill and Shrednaught. Some of the Activision programmers gave demonstrations on how you can use these new characters to defeat the enemy, and easily switch back to your main figure with a click of a button. For longtime fans, they will be happy to know that Skylanders Trap Team will allow them to use their entire collection of over 170 previously released actions figures from Skylanders SWAP Force, Skylanders Giants and Skylanders Spyro's Adventure with the new version. As with any new game, there will also be over 60 new figures to purchase, plush dolls, bedroom accessories and more.
Skylanders Spyro's Adventure was a worldwide hit when it debuted and Activision has come up with unique and creative ways to keep action figure collectors, kids and gamers all excited for future releases and Skylanders Trap Team had done just that. It has taken a beloved franchise that is one the most successful action figure and game lines in the world, and made it even better. Skylanders Trap Team is set to debut on October 5, 2014 but sets can be pre-ordered right now at this link. Also be sure to check out this video for the entire live presentation from last night.