RUMOR: Skylanders Series’ Future Lies In Jeopardy

The Skylanders franchise may be facing imminent cancellation in the coming year. According to video game researcher Liam Robertson and reported by several sources, the 2017 entry for the Skylanders series has been cancelled. Low sales for this year’s Skylanders: Imaginators and lower-than-expected ratings for the Netflix series Skylanders Academy are to blame.

NPD for October 2016 cited Skylanders: Imaginators as only selling 66,000 units, a huge step down from previous installments.

The Skylanders franchise has topped $3 billion in total lifetime revenue, but in a financial report earlier this year, Activision cited that its “casual gaming” focus, i.e. Skylanders, posted lower-than-expected sales in 2015, and warned of even lower sales for 2016. If this report is true, this wouldn’t be the first time an Activision franchise was put into retirement. The company has previously axed the Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero franchises, also on the back of declining sales.

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