Let's keep this short and simple. Skylanders Trap Team is the next Skylanders game from Toys for Bob, who made both Skylanders Spyro's Adventure and Skylanders Giants. While Vicarious Visions took over for Skylanders Swap Force, Toys for Bob is back for Trap Team and they've brought a new idea with them. Trap Team won't feature any Giants or Swappable figures, according to what we've heard so far, but it will feature the Trap Masters as well as their villain traps.
Trap Masters are going to be this year's special edition figurines. They come equipped with special "Traptanium" weapons, shields or other arms. In-game they'll also be stronger than normal Skylanders, though of course all other Skylanders figurines will work like they always do. They'll be very cool looking, as expected, especially if folk are playing Skylanders Trap Team on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. That's where these games really shine.
Let's not joke around though. Skylanders is an action/platformer designed for kids. It's not going to rival any of Activision's other huge titles like Destiny or Call of Duty in visuals. It's just a fun style with decent graphics and a lot of fun animations and voice work. Not to mention the character design. Skylanders would be nothing without its great character designs.
Which is why this next big features is just such a great idea. In addition to the Trap Team, they'll also be bringing their traps with them. Players will be able to take these traps and capture in-game villains in them -- there are over 40 villains planned already! That means that while there aren't specific figurines for each of these villains, fans can still play as them so long as they've captured them in a trap crystal figurine associated with their elemental type (these small, translucent toys). The just place them in the new trap slot on the portal that comes with Trap Team and boom.
If they're all set up, players can briefly swap away from their Skylander and play as their trapped villain for a certain time period. A bar at the bottom of the screen will slowly progress downwards, at which time the villain will expire and require an amount of time out of play. It's a fun change of pace compared to the bigger, larger Skylanders of Giants and Swap Force.
What's really so brilliant about this Trap Team idea, however, is that it allows the developers to focus on what they do best -- making new Skylanders. Sure, they're villains and not Skylanders heroes, and sure they don't have full figures of their own, but there are still over 40 of them in-game. That's a ton of awesome characters that we'd otherwise have never seen. That means everyone can find a favorite and lock them into a trap crystal forever.
As for the game itself, well, it's another Skylanders game. There are no big pure gameplay feature changes being added. It's just the Trap Team figures, the villains, and an all new campaign against that freakin' jerk Kaos. Isn't he dead yet? Just check out all these new characters and tell me Skylanders Trap Team isn't awesome.
Skylanders Trap Team is planned for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo 3DS on October 5 in North America. Did I mention the trapped villains will talk through their crystals when they're plugged into the portal? It's amazing.