According to press content:
Action Figures with Brains
Skylanders are special physical action figures that come to life in-game. Just take a Skylander, place it on the included Portal of Power, which is synched to your game console and a representation of your chosen Skylander will come to life in the video game and do your bidding. There are over 30 Skylanders in total – each with unique abilities and powers (three are included in your starter pack). Skylander action figures remember their in-game experiences and upgrades as they explore the mysterious world of Skylands, battle menacing creatures and collect treasures. Conveniently, it doesn’t matter what gaming system your friends have at their house, the Skylanders work on and across all major video game systems. That means that you can take your Skylanders over to your friend’s house, drop them on their Portal of Power and your Skylanders will come to life in the game.
I’m not as concerned about specific technologies (Bluetooth, RFID, NFC), that would be another question.
What I am asking is about data storage. Do each of the figurines have data storage? I don’t see any other way to meet the goals that the press releases state. I guess they could use a unique identifier, and store data on the server?
So here’s a specific question (with probably unnecessary detail)
Alice has Skylanders on the PS3. Bob has Skylanders on the Wii. Both of them buy Drobot. Alice levels hers up to level 7, and Bob levels his up to level 9. If bob, then takes his Drobot over to Alice’s house. Will Bob be playing with his level 9 Drobot, or will it think it’s Alice’s level 7 Drobot?
The press release implies that it will by Bob’s level 9 Drobot, but I’m a little skeptical.
So I see 4 options:
- Stored on figurine (Skeptical)
- Stored on console (easy, but doesn’t meet press release)
- Stored on servers (easy, but requires Internet connectivity)
- Something else
The data is stored in the figurine itself. While you play on the PC/Console versions, the data is updated continuously (that’s why the figure must stay on the portal while in play), and the Skylanders keep their level when transferred between portals. The only exception is when playing on the 3DS version, where the data is stored in game and only transferred when the Skylander is transferred again into the game.
Also, the Skylanders top out at level 10.