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No New Toys To Be Released For Nintendo’s “StarLink: Battle for Atlas”

“Starlink: Battle for Atlas: was a very ambitious project for Nintendo and their Switch console. They took the success of the Amiibo line, and tried to expand it into something more toy-like for kids to play with, while also combining it with video games. It was a very cool concept, similar to Tomy’s LightSeekers. Ultimately, both failed to deliver, and any hopes for more toys for “Starlink” have crash-landed.

Ubisoft released a post on their official website, announcing that more toys would not be on the way for this game. However, in-game content would continue and grow, you just won’t have anything physical to play with.

Here is the full note from the Dev team:

Thank you so much for the warm response to the new Starlink content announced during the February Nintendo Direct.

With the announcement of new content arriving this April, we felt that it is important to provide an update on the topic of physical toys. Starlink: Battle for Atlas has been a passion project for us from the start, and we are incredibly proud of the modular Starship technology we have developed, and how well players have responded to it.

Despite the immense and continuous support from our players, the sales for Starlink: Battle for Atlas fell below expectations. Consequently, we recently made the decision to not release any additional physical toys for the Spring update and in the future.

As part of our effort to do right by our passionate and dedicated community we are currently hard at work on our biggest update to the game so far and are pleased to tell all of you that there will be new digital ships, pilots and weapons to collect.

Additionally, there will be a ton of free content to expand your games such as additional missions, challenges and new activities to engage in throughout Atlas, including content that was inspired by community suggestions, such as Outlaw Racing.

We’re very grateful for the support we have received from players around the world and can’t wait for everyone to get their hands on our next big update launching this April.

We’ll see you in the stars,

Starlink Development Team

The toys for “Starlink” interacted with the game by plugging them into the controller, and was a very cool idea that just never caught on with gamers. Sad to see something this interesting fade away, but perhaps another company in the future can figure out what went wrong and try it again – this time doing it in a more sustainable way.

The only upside for this is if you wanted to try the game but didn’t want to spend the money investing in it, much like Skylanders, the prices for the toys will likely start dropping soon, making it much easier to start playing.

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New York Toy Fair 2013: Activision unveils new “Skylanders: Swap Force” figures

Activision was at NY Toy Fair 2013 with their hottest property, “Skylanders”, a video game and action figure combo that has netted them absurd amounts of money!

Coming out this year, Skylanders is launching their “Swap Force”, which let you take apart the figures to mix and match them, and also gives them new and distinct moves and abilities that are unique to each swap. This includes 16 New Swap Force Skylanders (bottom half chooses how you move, top how you attack) and 16 New Core Skylanders, as well as another 16 re-releases of older Skylander characters in new poses. There will also be eight New Lightcore Skylanders along with eight new Swap Force areas. Additionally, there will be a new portal this year, which will be mandatory to play the game (but I do not believe you need to purchase a new one to play the game, it’s just a new model).

Check out the video below to see more about them:

The Skylanders booth itself was quite amazing, with a huge castle for meetings, a pirate ship by the gaming area, and life-sized versions of some of the Skylander characters debuting at the event.

One complaint about the Skylanders booth – When I arrived, I was greeted by someone, but unfortunately the game had crashed and required a restart. At that point, I was basically abandoned and ignored, and had to sneak over to someone else playing the game with an employee. I was unable to hear much, so I had to look things up online afterwards. When I went to get more info from the front desk people, I was shooed away, and when I asked about samples, I was answered without an answer, and told to just “go on their website” to contact them. I was then given a card with no email address and nothing else useful on it to contact anyone.

Upon doing that research, I discovered that Activision was, in fact, giving out samples – a blue metallic “Chop Chop” exclusive only to Toy Fair. I do not fault the people doing the demoes since they did a fine job, but I am very unhappy with my treatment from the higher-up’s that ran the booth who I felt ignored me, and ultimately, I have proof that they did. Ultimately, this is about as much press as I want to give them right now since they snubbed me for no legit reason, so maybe in the future this will be remedied and we can give some more attention to them.

Check out the gallery below for more photos of the new Skylanders, as well as their epic booth!

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