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Video: Behind the scenes with Skylanders Swap Force

Developer video shows off new body-swapping features

Activision has released a new developer diary video for Skylanders Swap Force.

The video introduces new characters and a new feature that lets gamers combine two characters to create their own Skylanders.

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Swap Force's hook is the ability to mix and match the top and bottom halves of toys. So-called Portal Masters will be able to use a mixture of old and new characters to create "250 unique combinations."

The Skylanders franchise had generated over $1 billion in retail sales, claimed Activision in February, citing a mixture of data from retail monitors the NPD Group and GfK Chart-Track, plus internal estimates from the publisher.

The milestone was achieved through sales of 2011's Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure and last year's Skylanders Giants, as well as associated toys and accessories.

The Skylanders Swap Force release date is set for October 13 in US and October 18 in EU on Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii. The PS4 and Xbox One versions will be available at launch in November.

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