Skylanders is an absurdly popular franchise for kids and Activision is not making a Skylanders console game in 2017. There will be a mobile title for the series though and season two of Netflix's Skylanders Academy, which might salvage those ruffled kid-feathers.
Yes, my godson is a bird who is very fond of Skylanders. I'm kind of not even kidding. My broader news point here is that Activision is basically taking the year off from Skylanders stuff, which is an interesting decision given that the property makes a decent amount of money. However the last Skylanders console title was Skylanders Imaginators which did not review very well. Game Informer gave the Imaginators a 7 and called it "somewhat uninspired… giving players creative control isn't enough of a spark to make this experience shine." IGN called it one of the weaker games in the series because of the "level design and plot, and … the aggressive microtransaction prompts."
With reception to Skylanders titles falling, perhaps taking a year off will allow the development team to come up with a new way to engage fans rather than just chucking a whole bunch of ideas at a wall and hoping some stick like they have recently.
You can check out our previous coverage of Skylanders games here.