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Skylanders Swap Force Dark Edition, Special Edition Revealed

Scott Krager's Avatar Posted by Executive Producer, Skylanders

In the beginning there was magic…

There’s this magical moment when a Skylanders fan puts a toy on the Portal of Power and watches the character burst to life in the game. In fact, that’s our official term for this experience – Magic Moment. It was coined shortly after the start of development on the first Skylanders game back in late 2008. As the team watched the first group of kid playtesters experience a physical toy come to life in a videogame – bringing together two things they love most – it was pure magic for them and us. Since then, the term has been a fundamental part of the Skylanders lexicon.

And the magic continues…

Cut to five years later as we’re literally in the final throes of finishing the third game in the series – Skylanders Swap Force – and we’re still amazed by just how magical Skylanders is to millions of kids around the world. To keep the experience magical and adventurous… fun and humorous… epic and engaging… we’re always looking for ways to be fresh and innovative. This year with Swap Force, we’re introducing all sorts of new features – with the biggest being Dynamic Swapability. Kudos to our marketing team for a cool name that nicely captures the fun of swapping the top and bottom halves of our 16 Swap Force characters. The number of combinations is huge, allowing for some really creative and varied custom Skylanders.

Other big features include 16 new core Skylanders, a new supercharged graphics engine that brings Skylands to life in high definition glory, and an all-new adventure with new story, locations, combat, mini-games, puzzles, platforming, and other gameplay experiencs. And jump. Yes, I said jump!

“But Mr. Skylanders Executive Producer Guy, I’m already aware of these amazingly awesome features. What can you tell me that I haven’t heard?”

Well, I’m glad you asked, random virtual person. We’re doing something very cool that plays into one of my favorite things about Skylanders – alternate characters.

Join the Dark Side…

The heart and soul of Skylanders is its characters. Plain and simple. And the beauty of a collectible toy line is that it allows for different versions of characters. Skylanders fans are more than familiar with Granite Crusher, Jade Flashwing, Punch Pop Fizz, and my personal favorite, Scarlet Ninjini. I’m happy to say that we’ll be releasing a whole new set of alternate characters. And one of my favorites is the Dark series, which features a select group of characters in their Dark form.

Because Skylands is a real place (say it with me – it’s real), the origin of the Dark Skylanders is already pretty well known. But for those of you unfamiliar with this legendary tale, here is their story…

While on a special mission, a team of Skylanders discovered a secret lair where Kaos was experimenting with a new discovery – Petrified Darkness – which he initially intended to use to stage a coup against Skylands. In their fight to stop Kaos, the lair exploded, releasing a cloud of pure Darkness. The Skylanders knew they couldn’t let it escape, so they absorbed this energy, transforming them into dark versions of themselves. Fortunately, Spyro learned to tame that darkness within him long ago. So with his help, these Skylanders now have also learned to control it – combining its power with their own to fight Kaos and the forces of evil.

Pretty epic, eh?

“Truly epic, but we’ve already seen Dark Spyro. How is this new?”

Once again, thank you for your question, random virtual person. Yes, we have seen Dark Spyro before. But have you seen the Skylanders Swap Force Dark Edition? That’s right. Not only will there be new Dark characters, but we’re going to release a cool special edition starter pack with five – FIVE! – characters. Included will be Dark Washbuckler, Dark Blast Zone, Dark Slobber Tooth, Dark Spyro, and Dark Stealth Elf. Also in the pack will be a huge collection poster featuring every Skylander from all three games.

Skylanders Swap Force Dark Edition

“Sounds awesome, but is a special edition really needed?”

In all honesty, it comes down to choice. Some people may not care or even avoid it like the plague. But that’s totally fine. Our fan base is so huge and diverse, our philosophy is to each their own. It’s what drives how we think, design, and develop Skylanders games. It’s also why we offer as much choice as possible – especially with characters. As a kid who bought every version of Han Solo figure, I love having the opportunity to buy a special edition. And based on what I’ve seen since the release of Spyro’s Adventure and Giants, many Skylanders fans will, too – because there’s pure and simple fun in building a collection of awesome toys, especially ones you can bring to life in a videogame.

Add Your Own

remanutd5 said:

August 12th, 9:06 am

Oh my, this game on psvita would be pretty epic!!!!

akisuo said:

August 12th, 9:16 am

Like remanutd5 said…a Vita version would be sick. =) Any possible chances?

residentface said:

August 12th, 9:20 am

I would love vita version.

Xcaligamer1 said:

August 12th, 9:21 am

is skylanders the reason sony couldnt get activision to let them use spyro in ps all stars?

hoofrog said:

August 12th, 9:23 am

So are the Dark Edition and the Collector’s Edition separate or is the Dark Edition considered the Collector’s Edition?

KitahSan said:

August 12th, 9:34 am

Will thispack be avaliablefor the PS4? I already have PS3 ordered, so hoping PS4 will be the version for this.

US_ARMY said:

August 12th, 9:41 am

Price? Where can I get it or pre-order it? missing some important info here….

ChaseHammerJ said:

August 12th, 9:42 am

Price?

Also just my opinion but I dont see the point of releasing the same characters over and over expecting people to buy them. My wife and I spent so much money buying all the characters from the first game then with Giants we only got the new ones. I know they have new powers but still no thanks. Going to probably do the same with this game as well.

ChaseHammerJ said:

August 12th, 9:46 am

Just found this, its $99.99

Gamestop website on the front page.

Renan_Acid said:

August 12th, 9:54 am

Oh no, not Skylanders again… This series ruined Spyro forever. >_< Activision is like the real world version of Moneybags, there's no publisher more greedy than them.

Renan_Acid said:

August 12th, 9:54 am

*greedier

Ryumoau said:

August 12th, 10:01 am

meh…Disney Infinity has my attention now. If only for the chance that they may add Marvel if it sales well.

hoofrog said:

August 12th, 10:05 am

I wish I could try Infinity without spending the $75. I don’t like that the characters in Infinity do not evolve like Skylanders. They are static. At least with Skylanders I get to customize my character somewhat based on trees I choose and challenges I complete.

smoothboarder540 said:

August 12th, 10:24 am

Maybe I would consider buying this if Activision didn’t prove over and over that money is the only factor in the decisions they make. Give me Spyro and Crash on Vita and maybe I’d consider this game.

NauseousPenguin said:

August 12th, 10:51 am

I think Activision should do what Ubisoft did with Rayman and the Rabids and split Spyro and Skylanders into separate franchises. Continuing like this would only cause the Spyro IP to dissolve and disappear into the sea of other so-called “equal” characters.

Teflon02 said:

August 12th, 10:56 am

as long as I can play my psone crash and spyro’s on my vita, I’d care alil, til then nope

ArchAngelMai said:

August 12th, 11:19 am

How does it differ from Giant’s? Does it still look terrible I.e. like a terrible ps2 port that is blurry? That was my major beef with the games. Its like they’re made for a lesser system then upscaled for the better systems. Games aren’t terrible, but they look horrible. Are you planning to continue the regular Spyro games at all?

NickBuckeye said:

August 12th, 12:57 pm

$100 seems like a lot, but stupidly it’s a GameStop exclusive. Retailer exclusives = huge BS.

Astroking112 said:

August 12th, 1:59 pm

Huh? I’m confused. I could’ve sworn that I read Spyro in that article, but I haven’t seen him for almost a decade, now.

And I stopped caring about Skylanders shortly after the announcement of Swap Force, when I realized it was just going to be a void for as long as people threw money into it. If anything, I’ll get Disney Infinity, where I can build my own stuff instead of playing through a campaign once a year for $100+ by the end of it.

ElektroDragon said:

August 12th, 2:41 pm

I’ve been a big fan of the first two Skylanders, but this Swap Force thing is unappealing! I just don’t see the appeal in ripping apart collectible figurines to swap their parts with others. Its silly and makes it way too much like a toy for my liking. I have ALL the original Skylanders, and all the new ones introduced with Giants, but I will be skipping this. I’ve also run out of room. :-P

alexman0724 said:

August 12th, 4:28 pm

OH YES. this has been ordered. i got half way through this- went to gameStop- came home and read the rest. but yes, as well as many of you: a ps Vita version would be great- nintendo’s got 3ds!!! why cant we have ps Vita?!

StormTimber said:

August 12th, 5:50 pm

that voice… it’s ZIM!

TANZEB123 said:

August 12th, 6:16 pm

You guys are in the point were everyone knows who spyro is. The liitle ones know him, so does the old fans. Now its your chance to actually make a classic spyro game. I’m pretty sure you can do try.

Elvick_ said:

August 12th, 9:38 pm

If it were on PS Vita, I would consider it. Guess I will see who caves first, Activison or Disney.

Welmosca said:

August 13th, 12:16 pm

I remember the 1st of this game before launch…….activision kept on milking and probably will never stop now.

JonMcBon said:

August 22nd, 8:39 pm

I’m excited for this game. What are the chances of the Dark Edition coming for Playstation 4? That would be awesome.

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