By now you’ve possibly heard the news that we’ve brokered a deal with video game giant, Activision in regards to their new Toy Line/Video Game product: Skylanders: Spiro’s Adventure!
We’re very excited about this. The concept is simple and genius – Spiro, the famous Playstation dragon, has discovered a magical country with many strange and wondrous creatures, and much adventuring and brawling can be expected. Where this product really excels is in the design department, specifically the way the game handles stating, world expansion, and collectibles. See, all those cute and memorable citizens of the Skylands are also collectible toys with embedded RF chips, and they remember their stats, grow more powerful with each battle, and when you place the toy on the game-controller pedestal, the character renders in the video game world perfectly.
Activision has partnered with Toys R Us to manufacture these little gold nuggets. Kids love toys. Kids love video games. Kids love capturing endangered animals and making them battle each other. Where can it go wrong?
With this line, the world of collectible toys and video games are merging, but it’s not the first time we’ve seen this. From Heroclix combining our love of superheroes, toys, superhero-toys, and war gaming – to D&D questionable full-step move to the miniature gaming market.
With so many gaming companies moving to the “virtual monthly subscription” model for digital content gaming, this is a very deliberate counter-move that promises to be hugely successful. At least, that’s what we at Particularly Evil are hoping.
What are your thoughts?