The main focus of this instalment is "swapability", as the new range of 16 toys will feature interchangeable top and bottom halves, allowing you to create your own characters in more than 250 different combinations. To use the new toys, players will need to buy an upgraded portal, but all figures currently owned will still be compatible.
To clarify how the new system will work, we were given the following example. Two of the 16 new Swap Force Skylanders are Washbuckler and Magnacharge. Combining the top half of the former with the bottom half of the latter will create Washcharge; a unit with the attack abilities of the cutlass-wielding octopus and the movement abilities of the magnet-focused roller.
Alongside all the new Swap Force characters, there'll also be 32 core Skylanders characters released, 16 of which will be new while the rest will be new versions of older characters. 8 new light core characters will also be available and characters will also have the ability to jump for the first time in the series.
Skylanders Swap Force is currently planned for release on Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, Wii and 3DS, though just when remains a mystery.