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Skylanders Battlecast brings the popular franchise to a new collectible card game

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Skylanders is getting a card game for mobile devices next year.

Skylanders Battlecast has players create a team of their favorite Skylanders heroes from physical card packs or digital packs purchased in game, and battle them online against friends or in the game's single-player campaign.

The physical cards are scanned into the game with a mobile device. Players can also scan two character cards to create animated duels with the augmented reality characters.

It's unclear how play in the game will work, whether it is based on the common traits of titles like Hearthstone and Magic the Gathering, but more details are promised in the coming months.

The free-to-play title will be available on the App Store, Google Play and Amazon's Appstore.

It's not surprising to see Activision Blizzard invest in more card games. Just last week, analyst firm Superdata  released a report saying that Blizzard's wildly popular card game Hearthstone was pulling in an estimated $20 million a month between the PC and mobile versions of the game.

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