Toys-to-life as a concept infiltrated the games industry toward the end of the last console generation. Production of the plastic figurines has significantly slowed down since then, with a few heavy-hitters-such as Disney Infinity and Lego Dimensions-discontinuing production altogether. Ubisoft’s open-world game, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, is following suit, as the developers have announced that the game won’t get any more toys.
In an update posted to the official Starlink website, the Starlink development team confirmed that physical toys will not continue to roll out. «Despite the immense and continuous support from our players, the sales for Starlink: Battle for Atlas fell below expectations. Consequently, we recently made the decision to not release any additional physical toys for the Spring update and in the future.»
While the news is saddening for fans, the Starlink team isn’t done with with the game altogether, as it’s preparing to release the «biggest update to the game so far.»
«Starlink: Battle for Atlas has been a passion project for us from the start, and we are incredibly proud of the modular Starship technology we have developed, and how well players have responded to it,» it said.
The update the team is referring to was announced during Nintendo’s February Direct. Along with Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Super Mario Maker 2, and Tetris 99 reveals, the rest of the Star Fox team-Falco Lombardi, Peppy Hare, and Slippy Toad-will join Fox McCloud in a new series of missions in Starlink on Switch. Each pilot comes with their own special abilities and skill trees and can be used to play any mission available in the game. In addition to the inclusion of the Star Fox team, Starlink will receive more content in this forthcoming update, such as Starship Races, Factions Missions, and more. The update is planned for this April, but no specific release date has been given.
In our Starlink review, we called it «an interesting and enjoyable open-world game,» but lamented that «if you’re interested in the physical models, you’ll have to spend more to get the same experience as the digital version.»
Starlink: Battle for Atlas is available now for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.