Awesome news everybody Activision Publishing,Inc., a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. has done it again! For the 3rd year in a row Skylanders has once again become the #1 kids video game franchise in the U.S. and globally.This is based solely on the retail sales from toys and accessories. Not only has Skylanders killed the game world, but so has two other titles from Activision Publishing. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has become the #1 selling console game around the world and is the number one franchise for the sixth year in a row. The newest IP from Activision Destiny has managed to become the #1 newest video game IP of 2014 as well as claiming the spot as the #2 best-selling console game of 2014 among all other titles in the U.S. Check out the press release I got the other day.
ACTIVISION DELIVERS TOP GLOBAL GAMES OF 2014:
CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE #1 TOP-SELLING VIDEO GAME; SKYLANDERS TRAP TEAM #1 KIDS VIDEO GAME;
DESTINY #1 NEW VIDEO GAME IP
Skylanders Trap Team Outsells Nearest Competitor Globally by 17%;
Skylanders Franchise 30% Bigger than Nearest Competitor Globally
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Top-selling
Console Game of 2014 Globally; #1 Gaming Franchise in US for Sixth Straight Year
Destiny is #2 Top-Selling Video Game in the US Based on Revenue;
Biggest New Video Game Franchise Launch in History
SANTA MONICA, Calif. – January 16, 2015 — Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), delivered the top-selling console video game of 2014 with Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare and the top-selling kids video game in the world with Skylanders Trap Team(1). Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare topped the U.S. charts for 2014 and claimed the title of the #1 top-selling console game of 2014 globally(1). Call of Duty is also the #1 franchise in the U.S. for the sixth year in a row in the U.S., based on revenue(2).Skylanders® Trap Team is the #1 top-selling kids video game globally, andSkylanders is the #1 kids video game franchise of the year in the U.S, and globally, for the third year in a row, based on retail sell-through including toys and accessories(1).
“We’d like to thank our fans for making Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare the #1 top-selling video game in the world, Skylanders Trap Team the top-selling kids game in the world and Destiny the #1 new video game IP of 2014,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “As much fun as we had making these games, we’ve had even more fun playing along side you. Stay tuned. We have more exciting games in store for fans this year.”
In addition to these wins, Destiny, the epic new game from Activision and Bungie, is the #2 top-selling console game among all titles in the U.S. in 2014, based on revenue(2). Destiny is also the top-selling new video game IP of the year and had the biggest launch of a new video game franchise in history(1). And Skylanderscontinued to lead the ‘Toys to Life’ category for the third consecutive year.
“Skylanders continues its leadership position as the #1 kids video game franchise globally as well as in the U.S. by wide margins. As a global franchise in 2014,Skylanders is 30% bigger than its nearest competitor. And Skylanders Trap Teamoutsold its nearest competitor globally by 17%,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “As the creators of the ‘Toys to Life’ category, we are thrilled to continue to lead it for the third consecutive year.”
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is developed by Sledgehammer Games for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and PC, and is available via direct digital download. A current gen version for Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system is also available. The title is rated M for Mature with Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence and Strong Language. For the latest intel, check out:www.callofduty.com, www.facebook.com/callofduty,www.youtube.com/callofduty or follow @CallofDuty on Twitter and Instagram.
Skylanders® Trap Team introduces a ground-breaking innovation that lets Portal Masters “trap” the most wanted villains in Skylands and then play as them in the game in the battle for good. The game offers an unprecedented new addition to the game’s play pattern in the form of Traptanium™ Traps. When this new type of toy is placed into the Traptanium Portal, Portal Masters can “capture” a variety of special villains from the game and magically transport them from Skylands into the real world — effectively bringing life to toys. Additionally, Skylanders Trap Team advances the gaming industry by offering the full AAA game experience on both tablet and console for the first time ever.
The fourth installment of the award-winning, $2 billion game franchise, Skylanders Trap Team is playable with more than 175 unique toys from all previous Skylanders games. Every character is able to defeat and trap villains using Traptanium™ Traps, providing fans more ways to enjoy their collections. The game is available on the following platforms: Nintendo’s Wii™ system and Nintendo’s Wii U™ system; a variety of iPads®, Kindle Fire and Android tablets; Xbox One and Xbox 360 games and entertainment systems from Microsoft; PlayStation® 3 and PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment systems from Sony. A different adventure is also available on the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system. For more information, please visit: www.skylanders.com andActivision.com/presscenter.
Destiny casts players as a Guardian of the last city on Earth, able to explore the ancient ruins of our solar system in a social, living universe filled with other players. Players will journey through environments spanning the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus while creating their own legend as they and their friends venture out into the stars to reclaim the treasures and secrets lost after the collapse of humanity. Over the course of their adventures, players will become more powerful as they wield rare and exotic weapons, gear, and super abilities.
Destiny is rated T for Teen by the ESRB (Animated Blood and Violence), and is available now for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system (PlayStation Plus required for some features), PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft (Xbox Live Gold required for some features). For more information, visit www.DestinyTheGame.com. For exclusive updates, follow the official Destiny social channels at www.facebook.com/DestinyTheGame and @DestinyTheGame on Twitter, and interact directly with the developers at www.Bungie.net.
Congratulations to Activisions and all its employees on a job well done. Thank you for giving us another Super Boomtastic game to enjoy this year I can’t wait for Skylanders 5! (Yeah I know Trap Team is still fresh shoot me). 🙂 Take a minute to show us some love on our social media sites. Show us your collections, share your artwork with us, or just chat us up we like to talk 🙂 until next time I’ll catch you on the SKYSIDE!
I happened to see a post about the Vicarious Visions team playing what could potentially be the next installment in the Skylanders series. Take a look at this picture found on DarkSpyro posted by DS user fairyland.
Here are some close up shots of the screen uploaded by DS user CountMoneyBone.
Here is a close up of the game title posted on DS by the Skylander Dad under the SkylanderKids user name. Can you figure out what it says?
Lots of us have tried to figure out what the game title says. Some say Baa-ttle Island(s), some say Baa-tle Land(s), which is what I thought it said when I first looked at it. After looking at it some more and seeing the post from the Skylanders Dad I’m pretty convinced it says Baa-ttle Flag. Skylanders Dad speculates that this could be a capture the flag style of game using the sheep as the flag. It makes perfect sense to me and even more sense that if this is released it will be a spin-off or mobile app.
As you can see from the images it seems that it is a two player multiplayer game as there are two game screens. Some have rumored that it could be a PC release, but after I looked at the photo more the VV employees are using XBOX controllers the game is just set up next to a set of computers. I don’t think that this will be a PC release, but I also am not to sure that this will be Skylanders 5 either. Here are my reasons…
- Look at the game logo there are no elements in the title, which leads me to believe that this is a potential Skylanders Spin-Off game.
- It looks like a first person shooter something like Plant vs Zombies Garden Warfare. All other Skylanders titles had a toy tie in or gimmick (Giants big toys, Swap Force Swap-Ability, Trap Team Trap aspect). Where is the gimmick? I refuse to believe the new gimmick would be sheep.
- And finally, I don’t see a portal or a toy being used. So you are telling me they are going to phase out the toys and portal all together? So not likely.
If this game ever sees the light of day I think it will be released as a mini game, a spin-off title (not Skylanders 5), or be released much like Battle Grounds or Cloud Patrol as a mobile app where the toy can be linked, but are not necessary to play the game Skylanders can be purchased through the game app.
Either way I’m excited to see new ideas are being explored with the Skylanders franchise. I think spin-off games could be a fresh breathe of life for the series. Could you imagine Skylanders fighter games, racing games like Mario Kart, Party games like Mario Party, man the list can go on. Whatever Actvision, VV, and TFB have up their sleeve we know it is going to be amazing and I can’t wait to see if this idea makes the cut and flourishes into another epic chapter in Skylanders history. Special thanks to everyone that shared images or posted about this topic on DarkSpyro. Until next time I’ll catch you all on the SKYSIDE!