There have been many questions in recent months about the future of the Skylanders franchise.
Today in the Activision Blizzard Fourth Quarter (2016) Results Conference Call we learn a little bit more.
Once again they addressed the success of Skylanders Academy.
Season 1 was “well received”. Season 2 will be launching later this year. Netflix has already order Season 3.
The biggest question this year was will there be a new Skylanders game?
Well, I can confirm that there will NOT be a new Skylanders console game in 2017, but that does not mean that it is the end of the Skylanders console games.
“In 2017, rather than releasing a new console title, we will be supporting the award-winning Skylanders Imaginators with multiple Adventure Packs, new characters, and new in-game content.” ~ Thomas Tippl, Activision Blizzard COO
“In addition, as Thomas mentioned, the Skylanders franchise will not have a full game console release this year, but we will continue to engage the community and drive player investment through new toys and digital content.” ~ Dennis Durkin, Activision Blizzard CFO
As you can see from the quotes above, we will not be getting a full new game. However, it sounds like we will be getting more figures, levels, and other digital content. (This is most likely in addition to Waves 4 & 5 that we already know about.)
I interpret this as more Adventure Packs, perhaps a few more Single Packs, and more (digital) parts for your Imaginators. I think it's safe to say that the Ro-Bow Adventure Pack listing is an actual product.
In the short term this definitely seems like a good plan. It will be interesting to see where they decide to go with the franchise in 2018 and beyond.
They announced that a new mobile game is in development, but no details of this project were given.