Skylanders Battlegrounds brings the Portal of Power to iOS devices
Activision announced last month that it was going to expand the Skylanders series' presence on iOS devices through the release of two new games. The first of these, Skylanders: Lost Islands, was released earlier this month. The second, Skylanders Battlegrounds, will be released tomorrow, November 21.
Described as "an entirely new Action RPG experience designed from the ground up for mobile devices", Battlegrounds is notable for bringing the console games' unique blend of physical toys and virtual play to mobile devices for the first time. The game uses a new Bluetooth-powered Portal of Power peripheral that will allow players to bring their Skylanders figures to virtual life on their devices.
As for the game itself, Activision said Battlegrounds will feature "innovative team-up gameplay" which has players controlling two Skylanders simultaneously. Content, the publisher added, will come about in an episodic fashion, starting with twenty levels and two "mega bosses". Additional content will be released via free app updates.
While the game can be purchased by itself (for $6.99), those who want to go the extra mile can do so with the Skylanders Battlegrounds Starter Pack. Along with a download code for the game, the pack includes three figures (Jet Vac, Series 2 Cynder, and Double Trouble), the Bluetooth Portal of Power, and a Platinum Treasure Chest filled with all sorts of in-game goodies.
The Starter Pack will cost $49.99. That price may startle some, considering the fact that it's a mobile title, but considering all the goodies that come with it, it's not that bad a deal.
Also, it's worth noting that while Battlegrounds may be the first game to come with the Bluetooth Portal, the peripheral will also be compatible with Skylanders: Lost Island and Skylanders: Cloud Patrol (via an update).
Source: Activision press release
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