Let me start by saying this is the hardest article I've ever had to write for Skylanders Character List.
SCL and the community around it has been a big part of my life for the past 4 years and a big change could be coming sooner than anticipated.
Please keep in mind that at this time there is no official word or hard evidence that proves any decisions have been made. This should still be considered a rumor for the time being.
Now before we go too much further, I'm sure there are a lot of you who are wondering what I'm talking about, why people are worried, and why there is any sort of controversy at all.
I highly recommend that you take a few minutes to watch the following video.
The Video in Question
If you've watched this video, you may have a lot of doubts, questions, and/or fears. I completely understand this and I can assure you you're not alone.
From the beginning I figured that Skylanders wouldn't last forever, but if this is the end, it's sooner than I would have guessed.
My Thoughts on Some Questions You Might Have
Is This Official?
This should definitely just be considered a rumor for the time being.
However, it is a bit disconcerting that this video has been out for a week and Activision has not said anything to dispute it.
Is Skylanders Done?
Like I said before, this should just be considered a rumor. We don't have any official information at this time.
If you want to be pessimistic (or possibly just pragmatic) you could take a closer look at the past year and notice things like:
- Sales continue to decline
- Power A did not create any Skylanders accessories this year
- Prima did not create a strategy guide this year
- Skylander Battlecast flopped
You could potentially use any or all of these items in an argument that the end of Skylanders was on its way.
When Will We Know More?
I highly doubt that we will get any official word from Activision for the remainder of 2016.
Aside from launch week, this run up to Christmas tends to be their biggest sales period. Announcing that the franchise is dead now would definitely have a negative impact on those sales.
So I definitely wouldn't expect to hear anything until 2017, potentially nothing until their next quarterly financial report in February.
Will We Get the Rest of Skylanders Imaginators?
This all hinges on what decisions have actually been made.
IF we got bad information and nothing has been cancelled, then yes we will see the rest of Skylanders Imaginators.
IF Skylanders 2017 has been cancelled, they may still decide to finish releasing the rest of the Skylanders Imaginators figures before calling it quits.
IF Skylanders 2017 and the franchise as a whole is being cancelled, there is a good chance that we may not see everything released. At this point there is a good chance that not everything has been produced yet. So if they halt production now we may only see what has been produced so far.
There are just too many variables in the equation right now. We don't know what's going to happen just yet.
Will There Be More Skylanders?
Right now the rumor is that Skylanders 2017 game has been cancelled.
This says nothing about the Skylanders franchise as a whole.
They could decide to cancel 2017, but try it again in 2018. (Unlikely in my opinion, but possible.)
What About Skylanders Academy?
Just because they cancel the game it doesn't mean that they have to cancel the TV show as well.
In fact, Eric Rogers, (the writer, producer, show runner) seems positively optimistic about the future of the show.
In a recent interview he talks about the production of Season 2 and even dreams he has for Season 3.
What Does This Mean?
Right now it means nothing. We have nothing official.
We just got a new Wave of Skylanders released this week. Enjoy it.
My Final Thoughts
Sales of Skylanders have been in decline ever since SWAP Force nearly three years ago. From what I've observed, the series took a huge hit during Skylanders SuperChargers last year.
Skylanders Imaginators is an amazing game and overall I think it is the best Skylanders game they have ever put out.
I know that SuperChargers was the straw that broke the camel's back for a lot of fans. It's an absolute shame that Imaginators came afterwards. It feels wrong that the series would end after releasing the best game in the series.
There are a lot of things you could fault Activision with over the years such as:
- Poor/Lack of communication
- Apathy towards fans
- Not releasing all products in all regions
But I think you (anyone who's taken the time to read this far into the article) would have to admit that Activision and the Skylanders franchise as a whole has given you some amount of joy over the past six years. Even with the “bad” games, I had a good time.
I personally do not want to see Skylanders come to an end for multiple reasons, but if it does I can certainly see how it got to this point and why (from a business standpoint) they would choose to end it now.
So while I don't know if what we've heard is the truth, complete and utter nonsense, or somewhere in between, I will continue to do what I've always done. I will bring you the news as soon as there is something to report on.
Until that time I hope you will continue to enjoy the marvelous game that Activision and Toys For Bob have given us this year.