It looks like Activision has run another annualized game into the ground. The question is, will Skylanders remain dead and buried or will it return with an all-new installment for consoles in 2018? On today’s Activision earnings call, they announced that the franchise would be taking a break and would not appear on consoles this year. A mobile game is in the works and a second season of Skylanders Academy has been approved.
Skylanders Imaginators is still scheduled to release for the Nintendo Switch on March 3, 2017, but it’s unclear how long the toy portion of the game will remain relevant. Without new game content, will retailers dump the toys and put the final nail in the coffin? Or is this simply the company taking a year off and then rebooting the franchise in 2018? Time will tell.