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M3: My Morning Musings - Skylanders SWAP Force, Sly is Back, TERA is F2P, & More!

As we speculated last night, Activision has revealed the next Skylanders game at the New York Toy Fair. Skylanders: SWAP Force is the new title that will introduce a new type of Skylander character that you can mix and match parts to create your own unique style of play.

The new SWAP Force Skylanders will come in 16 different characters that have detachable lower and upper bodies, held together by magnets. Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg says that this will bring the Skylanders franchise to a whole other layer of originality and novelty. Also, though he didn't mention it, it should also continue the cash cow for another year. Skylanders has surpassed 500 million in revenue faster than any other toy property!

No word on if the Giants will work in the new SWAP force game but there will be non-swap characters coming in the third installment of Skylanders. Pricing has not been revealed for any of the 3rd Season figures. Skylanders: SWAP Force will be coming to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U, and 3DS this fall and will come with two SWAP characters to get your kids addicted. No word on if it will also be on the new consoles from Sony and Microsoft.

Fans of that sly fox rejoice! Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is now available at retail for both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita platforms. The PS3 version will retail for $39.99 and come with a digital Vita copy while the Vita only version will retail for $29.99.

 

Hopefully this is a trend we can expect from Sony in the future to help boost sales of the Vita platform.

Alien Breed is a fast-paced survival horror game that has been completely re-imagined, in HD, for the PS3 and Vita platforms. Debuting next week on PSN, complete with a 20% discount for PlayStation Plus members. This is the 22nd anniversary of the franchise and should prove for some fun with cloud saves to continue your game on either Vita or PS3. Gamers can play co-op multiplayer locally as well.

Here is a peak at the game:

In the first step at bringing the fun part of PlayStation Home on the Vita, Sony is releasing the PlayStation Home Arcade App today. The app is free and give players the ability to play a some free retro games.

The initial release of the app will include: Icebreaker, WipeOut 2D, Scribble Shooter, Frogger, Time Pilot, Asteroids, Centipede, Astrosmash Gen2, Shark! Shark! Gen2 and Mad Blocker. Sadly, only Icebreaker and Wipeout 2D will be free and currently only Scribble Shooter will have a free demo. The rest of the titles will be available for $1.49 each and once purchased will be unlocked in both the Vita Home Arcade App and in the PS3 PlayStation Home. Europeans looking for some retro fun will have to wait until later in the year.

Today is the long-awaited day that En Masse Entertainment re-launches TERA into TERA: Rising with new content and makes it Free to Play complete with more servers. CEO of En Masse Entertainment, Chris Lee, has this to say:

“TERA: Rising ushers in a new era in Action MMO gaming where players can dive into a deep MMO with the best action combat in the genre without having to pay a dime. The feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive and our community is eager to greet a new wave of gamers checking out TERA for the first time. The brand new content is going to be engaging for both the new and existing players alike – creating a fun and dynamic environment we haven’t seen before in TERA.”
 
TERA is a lot of fun and we can't wait to journey back into the world. To start playing for free, create an account and download the client here.

By Kaleb Rutherford - 02/05/13

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