Skylanders on mobile isn’t news. There have been dedicated Skylanders mobile titles in the past, as well as full-fledged versions of the console games you could play on tablets, with the latter generally more rewarding than the former.
What the industry hasn’t seen much of is an established mobile developer and publisher getting to do something different with the Skylanders IP, but that’s not going to be the case for too much longer. Com2us announced this week that it signed a deal to develop a “turn-based mobile RPG” based on the Skylanders brand and published by Activision. The as yet untitled title is targeting a release in late 2017.
“There are many mobile game companies, but very few have found success globally,” Josh Taub, senior vice president of Skylanders Product Management, Activision Publishing, said in a press release. “We are excited to be working with Com2us, as they have proven expertise in game development and live services for the global market.”
To paraphrase G.I. Joe, knowing the genre is half the battle. Skylanders already does action-RPG quite nicely in the core series, so a turn-based RPG could be a fun addition to the overall brand. We”ll keep our Skylander-sensing feelers up for more info as it comes to light.