Skylanders: Swap Force interview

2013-11-21 16:38
Guha Bala, President of Vicarious Visions, the studio behind Skylanders: Swap Force.

Guha Bala, President of Vicarious Visions, the studio behind Skylanders: Swap Force.

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Cape Town - News24 had the opportunity to catch up with Guha Bala, the President at Vicarious Visions (the studio behind Skylanders: Swap Force) recently, and asked him a couple of questions about the new rendition of Skylanders that is available on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.

The major selling point of Skylanders: Swap Force, is that you have the ability to interchange your Skylanders. Each of the new Skylanders can detach at the hip and be placed on another Skylander to give it new abilities.

So, the first question on my mind, are all the older Skylander figures compatible with the new game? Have they been updated in any way graphically or gameplay wise to keep them relevant in the new game, or will it be all about the new Skylanders?

With Skylanders: Swap Force, we have digitally remastered all of the previous Skylanders toys.  So a player's entire collection will come to life in the new game, better looking than ever before, and with new capabilities.

We have 16 new Swap Force Skylanders, enabling players to create over 250 new Skylander combinations.  We have 16 all new core Skylanders, 8 Lightcore, and 16 returning fan favourites.


We don't have plans to offer the swapping capabilities for non-SWAP Force characters, since the capability involves a completely custom design for the character to allow a unique movement type, and that each Swap combination should look great and feel heroic.

Build quality as well as detail level is very important to us.  That's why we went with the magnetic connection, to minimise wear points and to offer a strong satisfying click with the SWAP Force characters.

Two SWAP Force Skylanders, Blast Zone and Wash Buckler, and a returning fan favourite, Ninja Stealth Elf, come with the game.

The game can be thoroughly enjoyed and completed with just these three.


We have packed in a ton of content in the game.  We often see children playing the game for the whole year, because the experiences changes based on the Skylander the child plays with.

With SWAP Force Skylanders, with every new one the child adds to his/her collection, the number of combinations increases by the power of two. As they save for new Skylanders, they can start playing with that new one wherever they are in the story. 

The new consoles, PS4 and Xbox One will both feature advanced graphics features and native 1080p resolution.  For the first time, Skylanders SWAP Force really feels like the child is playing with his/her favourite Blu Ray movie.

Outside of the stunning visuals, we also support Vita Remote Play on PS4. With their PS Vita, players can play away from their TVs and consoles.  With both, we support social sharing of game clips with friends.

To find out more about Skylanders: Swap Force, visit their website here.

* Keep an eye out on News24, as we will be doing a review of Skylanders: Swap Force.

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