Skylanders Taking a Break in 2017; No New Installments Releasing This Year on Console

Activision's wildly popular Skylanders series is seeing a hiatus in 2017, as the publisher confirmed there will not be a new installment this year.

on February 10, 2017 11:58 AM

Since its debut in 2011, Activision’s Skylanders series kickstarted the toys-to-life gaming phenomenon for kids and families around the world, while publisher Activision has confirmed that the series will be taking a break this year and sitting out 2017.

During the company’s recent financial call, Activision revealed that the Skylanders series will not be releasing a new console game installment in 2017, aside from a new mobile title that is currently in development, but with no set timeframe for release just yet. Other than that, a port of last year’s Skylanders: Imaginators will be releasing for the Nintendo Switch during its upcoming launch in March.

No other specific information on Activision’s decision to put the series on hold was revealed, though an assumption can be made that the hiatus could be in part based on sales of other toys-to-life titles seeing declining sales. Last year saw the cancellation of the Disney Infinity series by Disney in the wake of diminishing returns on new games in the series, while Nintendo’s line of amiibo figurines have also seen slowed down sales compared to their initial debut in 2014.

While the Skylanders games will be taking a break from release this year, fans of the series can catch Netflix’s animated series Skylanders Academy, which has been renewed for a second and third season for a return later this year.

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