Quote: Andrew Carl
My name is Andrew Carl and I am a game designer at VV. I just got the green light from Activision and VV to stream myself playing Superchargers and the Wumpa Islands Adventure Pack while doing some developer commentary for Extra Life, a charity event where gamers stream themselves playing games for 24 hours. The show will start tomorrow (11/5/2016) at 2 PM on my Twitch channel. I'll run through some parts of the games and discuss my work on them.
All donations of at least $25 will receive a Skylanders Superchargers toy OR an exclusive artbook (created by Vicarious Visions showcasing all of our art for Superchargers). Donations of at least $50 will receive a SIGNED toy or art book by our game developers. $100+ donations will receive lots of toys and a signed artbook. Your donation is tax-deductible and ALL PROCEEDS go to help kids at our local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. The art books are the same artbooks the development team received as a gift after the game was shipped and contains a bunch of incredible art from our concept artists along with quotes and tidbits about the development of the game from various members of the team.
Here is a link to the VV team's Extra Life page so you can donate to myself or other members: http://www.extra-life.org/inde...am&teamID=31536
And here is a link to my Twitch stream. I will be streaming myself playing a variety of games starting tomorrow morning at 9 AM EST, but the developer commentary will begin at 2:00 PM.
Reports have already been coming in of people finding them in the wild. Don't forget that these figures and vehicles will only work on the Wii U, Wii, and the 3DS.
For those of you who skipped the Dark Editions you may be interested to hear that GameStop is going to be the exclusive home to a single pack of the Kaos Trophy which they're selling for $7.99. The Kaos Trophy simply allows you to race as Kaos during Sky races, it does not unlock any other extra content.
And finally, other reports are coming in for findings (or soon to be releases) of a whole host of new Alter Egos including Legendary Bone Bash Roller Brawl, Nitro Soda Skimmer, and Birthday Bash Big Bubble Pop Fizz.
Quote: Nintendo World Report - 9
Skylanders: SuperChargers is just bursting with content, and fortunately, all of it is great fun. If you’re invested in the series, SuperChargers is on par, if not better, than the best the series has offered in the past.
Quote: High-Def Digest - 4.5/5
Getting into a vehicle and changing the gameplay up, say mid-level or for a boss fight, is vastly more engaging than the typical elemental change. But it's really just the beginning.
Quote: Polygon - 8.5
The levels play with gravity, with humor, with painterly backdrops and size. There are even clever tweaks at some of gaming's tropes. Just when you think you've seen it all, you find yourself sitting back down to do something new and spectacular.
Quote: Financial Post - 8.5
And all of these activities benefit from the sort of sheen we’d expect of an entry in a yearly franchise that has been polishing its formula for half a decade. The controls are tight, the visual presentation is terrific.
Quote: Kotauku - Yes
Upgradeable and customizable, the vehicles in Superchargers are much more than gimmicks. They are characters in their own right, only much more important—the entire level structure of the game has been transformed to accommodate these wicked rides.
Quote: Gaming Age - A-
Being someone that has played the games, but not to completion in the past, I found myself more immersed in the world this time around and I think the variety is the reason.
Quote: GameSpot - 8
While the vehicles adds the most visible "new" element to Skylanders, there's plenty more here that expand upon the series' traditional action adventure (with a little puzzle solving) formula. Nearly every level and area you'll explore in Skylanders comes with a unique gameplay twist.
Quote: Hardcore Gamer - 4/5
Activision and Vicarious Visions have seemingly done the impossible by keeping Skylanders fresh for its fifth outing. SuperChargers is jam-packed with enough content to fill at least two separate games and it’s all quality stuff.
Quote: Game Informer - 6.5
By the third level, I would grimace whenever I saw an icon telling me I needed to place a car on the Portal of Power for a vehicle sequence. The cars are the weakest part of the campaign, and most are tied to the critical path.
I'll be updating this news post with more reviews as they appear. For other territories the game launches in just a few days on the 23rd for Australia and the 25th for Europe.
|Legendary Astroblast||Legendary Sun Runner|
|Legendary Bone Bash Roller Brawl||Nitro Soda Skimmer|
|Easter Thrillipede||Gold Rusher|
Astroblast and Sun Runner's Legendary status confirms that there will be a Legendary version of the Sky Racing Action Pack, the regular version of which is scheduled for launch in Wave 3.
This weekend also saw a playable demo of the 3DS version of the game at PAX Prime giving us our first proper look at how it plays. Still no sign of the Wii or iOS versions.
|Spotted by forum member sprocketrocket this Frightful Fiesta is exclusive to GameStop/EBGames||Found by forum member ZapNorris the Steel Plated Smash Hit is a Best Buy exclusive|
|Legendary Hurricane Jet-Vac, exclusive to Toys R Us naturally||MySkylanders.de has discovered a Nitro Stealth Stinger with Target exclusive markings|
There have also been mentions of a few other variants but no images have been found for them just yet.
In other news, the complete Achievement list for the game has been revealed by XboxAchievements, obviously if you wish to avoid spoilers for the story then it's probably not all that wise to read them. In what is a quite sensible move, despite the existence of the recently shown off online mode none of the achievements appear to be related of it (although you can perhaps earn the single co-op achievement using the brand new online co-op mode).
Combining a few European retailer listings I have managed to put together what looks to be the lineup of toys for the first few SuperChargers waves (aside from any retailer exclusive alt decos).
|Spitfire||Turbo Charge Donkey Kong||Hammer Slam Bowser||Super Shot Stealth Elf|
|Dark Spitfire||Dark Turbo Charge Donkey Kong||Dark Hammer Slam Bowser||Dark Super Shot Stealth Elf|
|Hot Streak||Barrel Blaster||Clown Cruiser||Dark Sea Shadow|
|Dark Hot Streak||Dark Barrel Blaster||Dark Clown Cruiser||Kaos Trophy|
Single Pack SuperChargers
|Dive-Clops||Fiesta||Stormblade||Shark Shooter Terrafin|
Single Pack Vehicles
|Dive Bomber||Crypt Crusher||Sky Slicer||Sea Shadow|
Racing Action Packs
|Sea Racing Action Pack|
|Deep Dive Gill Grunt + Reef Ripper + Sea Trophy|
|Shark Shooter Terrafin + Shark Tank||Hurricane Jet-Vac + Jet-Stream|
Single Pack SuperChargers
|Smash Hit||Nightfall||High Volt|
Single Pack Vehicles
|Burn-Cycle||Shark Tank||Jet-Stream||Stealth Stinger|
|Shark Shooter Terrafin + Shark Tank + Jet Stream|
Single Pack SuperChargers
|Splat||Big Bubble Pop Fizz||Hurricane Jet-Vac||Lava Lance Eruptor|
Single Pack Vehicles
|Splatter Splasher||Shield Striker||Thump Truck|
Racing Action Packs
|Sky Racing Action Pack|
|Astroblast + Sun Runner + Sky Trophy|
|Pop Fizz||Roller Brawl|
|Big Bubble Pop Fizz + Soda Skimmer||Bone Bash Roller Brawl + Tomb Buggy|
|Bone Bash Roller Brawl + Tomb Buggy + Splatter Splasher|
But what are these Triple Packs for? Can they save you money? Well... yes, it seems that they can do that (obviously only if you were planning on getting all of the included toys already). At the prices they were listed at you could buy the triple Terrafin+Shark Tank+Jet-Stream and a single Jet-Vac for less than if you bought them in the two Combo Packs (€30+€13 vs. €25+€25).
Dates attached to the listings imply that Waves 1 and 2 will be released at launch with Wave 3 following approximately two months later. As with the prices these are dates for the European markets so the situation may be slightly different in the US.
And if you don't already then make sure to check out the awesome mini KABOOM! Skycast, a dedicated weekly Skylanders podcast which is this week celebrating its 25th episode and announcing the winner of their E3 Hot Streak giveaway.
So we now know of the new Life SuperCharger "Thrillipede", the returning Magic SuperCharger "Big Bubble Pop Fizz", and the new Light SuperCharger "Astroblast".
There are some new vehicles with Pop Fizz's vehicle "Soda Skimmer", Thrillipede's vehicle "Buzz Wing", and Astroblast's vehicle "Sun Runner". And we have names for Splat's vehicle "Splatter Splasher", Lava Lance Eruptor's vehicle "Burn-Cycle", and Stealth Elf's vehicle "Stealth Stinger".
On the side of the box there is also confirmation of "Racing Action Packs", the example of which contains Deep Dive Gill Grunt, Reef Ripper, and a Sea Trophy shaped like Golden Queen's head. It is likely of a similar function to the Kaos Trophy that comes with the Dark Edition Starter Pack, but we still don't really know what that does yet either. The top corner of the pack does however mention "New Race Tracks" and "Race As Villains" so make of that what you will.
Also worth noting is that in a list of features the box mentions "NEW Online Multiplayer Race & Coop Modes".
In a separate event a product listing on a French retailer's website has outed a possible partial line-up for Wave 1 of SuperChargers along with a potential name of a SuperCharger "Smash It" (by the process of elimination that's either the Earth SuperCharger or the beginning of Roller Brawl's name). If the listings are accurate then (other than the Starter Packs) Wave 1 will be the following:
- High Volt
- "Smash It"
- Shark Shooter Terrafin
- Dive Bomber
- Crypt Crusher
- Sky Slicer
- Shark Tank
- Stealth Stinger
- Jet Stream
- Sea Shadow
I am sure it's not out of the realms of possibility that there will also be a Racing Action Pack and Combo Packs available at launch in September.
The Wii U edition will have Dark Spitfire, Dark Hot Streak, Dark Turbo Charge Donkey Kong, Dark Barrel Blaster and the Kaos Trophy.
The Wii edition will have Dark Spitfire, Dark Hot Streak, Dark Hammer Slam Bowser, Dark Clown Cruiser and the Kaos Trophy.
Also revealed are several new entries to the Eon's Elite line of figures. The first wave of them will be available exclusively at Toys R Us in November and is made up of Slam Bam, Zook and Voodood.
A second wave with Ghost Roaster, Boomer and Dino-Rang will be released in December.
Check out a load of screenshots and artwork in the SuperChargers Gallery.
|Hammer Slam Bowser||Turbo Charge Donkey Kong|
Donkey Kong will be packaged in the Wii U Starter Pack, replacing Spitfire and his vehicle, and Bowser will be in the Wii and 3DS Starter Packs (also replacing Spitfire). The Wii and 3DS Starter Packs actually carry the title Skylanders: SuperChargers Racing, a different experience was mentioned previously but this is the first we've seen of it.
|Clown Cruiser||Barrel Blaster|
What is quite nifty is that the figures have a dual purpose, if you rotate the base they can also be used as amiibos.
These characters and vehicles will only work on Nintendo platforms, you will not be able to play as Bowser on the PS4 or anything like that.
Check out a load of screenshots and artwork of the characters in the SuperChargers Gallery.
A few other characters have also been revealed, Kotaku have an article showing off Undead SuperCharger Fiesta with his vehicle Crypt Crusher, and the Skylander Boy and Girl have a video unveiling the Dark SuperCharger Nightfall and her vehicle Sea Shadow. And if you look closely at the boxart for the Wii and 3DS versions you can see SuperCharged versions of Eruptor and Rollerbrawl driving vehicles.
|Super Shot Stealth Elf|
There will be 10 brand new SuperCharger characters and 10 reimagined SuperChargers based on existing characters, such as Stealth Elf, Trigger Happy and Terrafin. They each have a matching vehicle which, when used together, they SuperCharge but any Skylander can use any vehicle. The SuperChargers will cost $12.99.
|Hot Streak||Sky Slicer|
The vehicles will be split into three groups, Land, Sea, and Sky, each being used for a different section of gameplay. Each vehicle can be customised in-game with modifications and weapons but only SuperChargers will be able to utilise this customisation feature. The vehicles will cost $14.99.
In Skylanders SuperChargers, Kaos' quest to rule over Skylands reveals his most sinister weapon ever - a massive "Doomstation of Ultimate Doomstruction" capable of eating the sky itself. Fortunately, Master Eon had seen the warning signs and assembled a special team of Skylanders to pilot an unstoppable fleet of vehicles with the power to destroy the reign of destruction! With Skylands facing its greatest threat, the Skylanders must pilot their supercharged vehicles over land, under sea, and through the sky to stop Kaos!
While there is a new Portal of Power included in the Starter Pack you will be able to purchase and download a digital Portal Owners Pack and use your existing Portals to play the game.
It will again be on all platforms, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, Wii, and 3DS. The Wii and 3DS versions will have a different experience to the other versions.
The game is set for release on the 20th of September in North America, the 24th of September in Australia, and the 25th of September in Europe.
Check out our Gallery for a few more Skylanders SuperChargers images.
There are loads of previews up around the web on sites such as Polygon, Forbes, Kotaku, GameSpot, TheHDRoom, and Game Informer and plenty of videos on Youtube channels like FamilyGamer TV, TheSkylanderBoy AndGirl, VideoGamerTV, Coin-op TV and many more.
Backing up the recent Amazon listings there is a reposed version of Stealth Elf along with reposes for Trigger Happy and Terrafin, bringing them each up to Series 4. If the Amazon information is indeed correct then the middle of the three new Skylanders is called Spitfire, no names are known for the other two just yet.
The official embargo is anticipated to be lifted sometime tomorrow so expect more details on Skylanders: SuperChargers very soon!
The listings mention the contents of the Starter Pack as being 2 Skylanders SuperChargers figures - a new Skylander named Spitfire and a reposed Super Shot Stealth Elf, and one Skylanders Vehicle called
A brief plot summary is detailed:
Skylands is in peril! Kaos has unleashed his most evil weapon yet - the Doomstation of Ultimate Doomstruction. With all of Skylands on the verge of collapse, a special team called the SuperChargers has been assembled to pilot an unstoppable fleet of incredible vehicles. Now you and the SuperChargers must embark on epic adventures over land, under sea, and through the sky to stop Kaos and save Skylands!
There are listings for PS3, PS4, Wii U, 3DS, and even a version for the Wii (albeit with a note saying that the "gameplay content, features, and functionality will differ") but no potential release date is given.
It shouldn't be too much longer before we find out whether this is accurate and we get our first proper look at the game, rumours place an official reveal happening on Wednesday, the 3rd of June.