Activision Posts Slow Skylanders and Guitar Hero Sales In 2015

Activision’s annual financials were slightly up year-over-year, with lower sales of Skylanders Superchargers and Guitar Hero Live as a blight in the fourth quarter. The game publisher said that lower sales of these “casual titles” were a result of increased competition in the toys to life marketplace for the former, and the drift to mobile platforms for the latter.

Activision tells its shareholders that it expects lower 2016 sales not only for Skylanders, but for Call of Duty as well. Guitar Hero Live is being positioned as a “platform” for content delivery, and so the company said there will be no additional Guitar Hero titles this console generation.

Outside of these titles, Activision’s 2015 revenue sat at $4.6 billion over 2014’s $4.4, operating income was up at $1.3 billion from $1.1, and their net income was jumped from $385 million to $392 million.

Skylanders Superchargers and Guitar Hero Live were among the few major third party titles released on Wii U last year, with this edition of Skylanders enticing Nintendo players with special Bowser and Donkey Kong amiibo figures exclusive to Nintendo platform versions.

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