Activision has announced Skylanders: Trap Team for release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U, 3DS and last-gen consoles in October.
Developed by Skylanders creator Toys for Bob (last-gen) and Swap Force dev Beenox (next-gen), Trap Team promises to reverse the series' core feature by transferring game characters into real-life toys.
In the game players will be able to "trap" key villains and then transfer and confine them inside new Traptanium Trap toys placed on the Skylanders Portal.
Once trapped, players will be able to hear villains' cries via a built-in speaker, and return them to Skylands at any time as a playable character.
Activision says this will enable unique "tag team" gameplay, with hero and villain characters able to be switched at any time.
Trap Team will introduce more than 50 new playable Skylanders heroes, including New Trap Master characters, new Core Skylanders and reposed, fan-favorite Skylanders.
The Skylanders: Trap Team release date is set for October 5, 2014 in North America, October 10, 2014 in Europe and October 2, 2014 in Australia.
Activision's official key features list follows:
Trap Team Key Features
- Toys to Life, Life to Toys - Players will experience an exciting new level of Skylanders innovation through the Traptanium Portal, a new ring of magical energy which reverses the magic of the toys to life category by letting players bring digital characters into the physical world. A built-in audio speaker allows players to magically hear the unique voices of the villains travel from the game into the real world Trap, and vice versa. The Trap also lights up in sync with the villain speaking, adding even more magic to the experience. If you look closely, you can almost see the villain trying to escape from inside the Trap.
- Two Ways to Play - In Skylanders Trap Team, you can play as a Skylander or capture Skylands' most wanted foes and unleash them for good. It's up to Portal Masters to find these villains and capture them inside the new Traps that transport the villains into the real world via the Traptanium Portal. Once trapped, players can return the villain to Skylands as a playable character. This exciting new play pattern gives fans the option to switch between playing as a Skylander hero or a villain at any time, creating fun and unique "tag team" gameplay.
- Elementally Designed Traps - Themed Trap designs add variety to the collectible Skylanders Trap Team experience. Each Trap is elementally aligned, letting players capture villains who fall under that element. For instance, when Portal Masters explore the world of Skylands and encounter a water villain, they can insert a water Trap into the Traptanium Portal to capture that villain, as well as bring that villain back into Skylands as a playable character who helps in the fight for good. With each new trap added to their collection, Portal Masters unlock an exciting world of possibilities!
- New Cast of Characters - A brand new group of Skylanders, known as Trap Masters, lead the charge armed with their oversized crystal weapons in the fight against the most wanted villains and returning nemesis Kaos. The game introduces more than 50 new playable Skylanders heroes, including:
- New Trap Master Skylanders
- New Core Skylanders
- Reposed, fan-favorite Skylanders
- Exciting New Adventure - Skylanders Trap Team features an all new adventure-filled story with fun and interesting new characters as well as returning franchise favorites. The game delivers a diverse and dynamic, story-driven gameplay experience, filled with adventure, combat, puzzles, mini games, activities, platforming, and drop-in/drop-out co-op play -- all set within a variety of new compelling environments. With each new addition to their Trap Team collection, Portal Masters unlock exciting new gameplay possibilities within each level. Seasoned fans can play Skylanders Trap Team with their entire collection of 175 forward compatible characters from Skylanders SWAP Force, Skylanders Giants and Skylanders Spyro's Adventure.
In February, Activision said the series had generated over $2 billion from game and toy sales, giving it a place in the top 20 video game franchises of all time, based on data from retail monitors NPD Group and Gfk Media Control.
Activision's Glenn Oliver also said the company intends to stagger the release of new Skylanders figures going forward rather than releasing them in large waves as has previously been the case.