From what I've gathered, there are no elemental gates. The Superchargers can modify vehicles, while older figures must stick with the base model. That's my biggest sticking point with the franchise - weaken and make irrelevant the older figures.
Swap Force atleast kept corelanders and Giants relevent
Then Trap Team made everything BUT Trap Masters irrelevent.
Supposedly there are no elemental gates.. so everyone is on the same playing field. The difference (From the back of the box) is if you have the correct Driver/Vehicle pair.. the vehicle transformers into an epic version... called "Supercharged" this version is faster and more powerful.
Also all the vehicles act as different racers in the online racing mode.
This video shows the base vehicle supercharged at the end https://www.skylande...ters/hot-streak
I don't mind this approach... but it would be nice if they threw a call back to the older chars.. like a spot not required for any achieve.. but where an old swap char or trap char can enter.
I DID mind how Trap Team made it so unless you had all the Trap Master elements.. you were screwed.. which made buying anything else worthless.
Yeah, Skylanders basically is dead now due to Infinity and Amiibos. Nah, not really, but I think the hype behind them just died and the competition with the other two is just the final nail in the coffin. Infinity around here doesn't seem to be doing any better as its shelves are just as packed as the Skylanders ones are. Amiibos are low but that's just Nintendo being their typical cheapass selves underproducing because they are terrified they will end up with too much product (in their defense though they don't have nearly as much money to throw around compared to the other two). At this point I'm willing to bet this 'bring your figure to life' video game thing will definitely end up being a phase in the gaming industry like the musical game series (RB/GH though they are attempting a comeback) was as all of these companies are just flooding the market with them now and that's just over saturation which leads to sales plummeting.
I predict all of these franchises (Skylanders, Amiibos and Disney Infinity) will eventually end and Nintendo will take what they learned from this Amiibo crisis and will one day utilize their most bankable franchise (Pokemon) into a new Pokemon game where they can further exploit gamers and collectors with a similar concept.
I just got back from Gamestop and they shined a new perspective which made me think they truly are right.
Trap Team floundered due to the fact they created fake shortages like Nintendo's Amiibos. The workers pointed out that they've not had a Trap Team shipment in months, so what's on the shelf have been there since the beginning of the summer. Add to that, there were many characters on an extremely limited run, such as Gear Shift, KnightLight, Knightmare, and the Kaos Trap. The later only being released in tiny shipments.
This made me think back.
During Swap Force, they staggered the release so that you could NOT 100% the game in a single night.. you had to wait till Nov/December before all the element and ability combinations were released.
During Trap Team, they went one worse. Not only did they stagger the release.. they released two new elements. The elements weren't even in game at release just "You seem to have found an unknown element.. it wasn't till March that these elements were released and you could officially 100% the game.
Then there is the rare Kaos trap, which unless your lucky or bought the Dark Version.. you may never find. Which sucks since it was one of the major selling points to capture Kaos.
It seems people are finally just tired of the crap Activision is doing with the game.. while Superchargers is a big step forward.. Trap Team hurt them, along wiht competition.
Lego Dimensions is coming out soon too, which hampered my interest in Skylanders. That, and the water level I played in Superchargers was a turn off.
Also, Skylanders should have made old versions and new versions the same, instead of having like 10 gill grunts, 10 stealth elves, 10 pop fizzes, etc. Would have kept more people interested.
I'm tempted to dump all my Skylanders and amiibos now too.
They did that to keep the characters relevent and to get people to rebuy them. Each revision had a new ability and all the old abilities mixed in.. though I feel the "Eon's Elite" is a BS cash grab.