Isle of Skye Meets its 'Virtual' Twin - World First as Scottish Island Teams up with Skylanders Swap Force
LONDON, October 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/
VisitScotland, the Highland Council and Activision Publishing Partner on the First Ever 'Virtual' Twinning of a Real World Destination with a Video Game World
VisitScotland, The Highland Council and Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (ATVI), today announced that the Isle of Skye in Scotland has 'virtually' twinned  with Skylands, the home of upcoming game, Skylanders SWAP Force. The stunning Scottish Highlands have been brought together with the virtual islands of Skylands, to celebrate the month of SWAPtober and the launch of Skylanders SWAP Force. The virtual twinning marks the first time a video game world has twinned with a real destination. Skylanders SWAP Force will be available at retail stores on 18 th October.
Located off the west coast of Scotland, the Isle of Skye boasts stunning mountain scenery, sea lochs and wildlife and attracts visitors from all over the world.
VisitScotland's Alan Mackenzie, who is based at VisitScotland's Information Centre in Portree, said: "The Isle of Skye is renowned for its stunning landscapes, which possess an almost ethereal quality, and its abundance of wildlife, making it the perfect place to virtually twin with Skylands, home to Skylanders SWAP Force. We're thrilled to be teaming up with the Skylanders TM franchise for this unique partnership, which will help raise the profile of this beautiful part of the world, encouraging families to enjoy a real-life adventure on the Isle of Skye - nowhere else on Earth comes close!"
1. No official deed of twinning has been signed by the Highland Council. As the Skylands are a magical land - it makes it difficult to get paperwork in the post
To commemorate the virtual twinning, Activision and VisitScotland brought the virtual world of Skylands to the stunning Scottish Highlands through:
- An inaugural visit to the Isle of Skye by Wash Buckler, one of the new Skylanders SWAP Force characters; Wash Buckler toured some of the island's most famous landmarks and visited the children at Portree Primary School.
- A SWAP takeover of the Isle of Skye website http://www.skye.co.uk, where Skylanders franchise fans worldwide can type SWAP on the homepage to watch the magic unfold.
The Skylanders franchise pioneered the genre of 'bringing toys to life' by combining physical figures with the virtual world of video games. Skylanders SWAP Force builds upon the success of the franchise with its signature gameplay and collectible toy experience, adding a dimension to the "toys to life" innovation. The game introduces an all-new play pattern - swapability - that lets gamers reconfigure 16 SWAP Force inter-action figures into more than 250 unique characters by swapping the top and bottom halves of the inter-action figures*.