Disney Interactive Studios may be planning a sequel to the hit title Disney Infinity which could feature a Marvel Superhero and Star Wars characters. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, “new versions” of Infinity are currently in development by Avalanche Software and are likely to feature characters from both franchises.
Elsewhere, Disney has posted a job listing for a Games Tester at Avalanche Software, which could give weight to a possible sequel. The job listing also requires the individual to be familiar with current gaming platforms - Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Wii U.
While no official confirmation has been revealed by Disney Interactive, the leaks of a sequel come just as the corporation is due to post their quarterly financial results and will lay off several hundred people, according to various reports.
Disney Interactive today launched the company’s largest and most ambitious gaming initiative to date, Disney Infinity for the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation 3 system, Wii U system, Wii system and Nintendo 3DS hand-held system. The starter pack features the game software, the Infinity Base, three character figures and Play Sets inspired by the worlds of The Incredibles, Monsters University and Pirates of the Caribbean, one Power Disc pack, a trading card with a web code and countless hours of creative play in the groundbreaking Toy Box mode.
“Disney Infinity allows players the creative freedom to bring to life original adventures that are only limited by their own imaginations. We are excited to see how our Guests will combine Disney and Pixar characters to create all new stories that they can share with friends and family across gaming systems.”
- John Pleasants, co-president, Disney Interactive.
In a way that only Disney can, each Disney Infinity character figure will come to life and play together in a virtual “Toy Box,” where they can build and customize their own unique virtual worlds using their favorite characters, vehicles, settings and more. The game also includes story-driven experiences, called “Play Sets,” which allow players to solve challenging puzzles, battle enemies and explore iconic locations from famous Disney properties.
Disney Infinity is available now on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Unique play experiences are available for Wii and 3DS systems, and on mobile devices. The Disney Infinity starter pack carries a suggested retail price of $74.99 and all versions are rated “E10+” by the ESRB. The Lone Ranger and Cars Play Sets are available separately for a suggested retail price of $34.99.
Disney Interactive Studios has delayed the release of Disney Infinity, which was previously scheduled to release in June, by two months. The upcoming action-adventure game features numerous characters from multiple Disney films, including The Incredibles, Pirates of the Caribbean, Monsters, Inc., Wreck-It Ralph and Cars. When it arrives in the summer, on August 18th, Disney Infinity will launch on Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows.
Disney has announced that the fourth playset coming to its Disney Infinity franchise is based upon the Disney Pixar hit, Cars. Disney has confirmed that Lightning McQueen, Mater, Holley Shiftwell and Francesco Bernoulli are all going to feature in the set. If you purchase the Cars playset then you will gain access to Radiator Springs, where you’ll be able to race, perform tricks in a stunt park, and customise the town. You will also be able to add the Cars set to your existing Toy Box. Disney Infinity is coming to all platforms on June 18th.
Avalanche Studios chief creative officer John Blackburn has told online gaming publication Destructiod that the Nintendo 3DS version of Disney Infinity will be a very different experience compared to its console counterparts. Blackburn cites hardware limitations for this, but he promises a handheld game littered with a variety of interesting mini games.
“The 3DS is a very different experience. They memory can’t handle all that stuff, so technologically we couldn’t do the same thing there. It’s more of a game you expect on a 3DS: You build teams with characters and they each have a mini-game that comes along with them. You can go and build out the different play fields that you’ll go through with your team, so there is a strategy component when you play with someone else. The mobile versions are actually more attuned to touch controls. We aren’t ready to share that yet, but it will be tied to the economy and the experience with all the characters you have. We’ll leave that it at that.”
American video game and entertainment retailer GameStop has apparently stopped taking pre-orders for upcoming Wii games. The reason for this is because GameStop supposedly wants to have more virtual space available for Wii U pre-orders. The Wii is over six years old, and Nintendo confirmed that it’s no longer developing new Wii titles. However, there are publishers that are still bringing games to the aging platform, including Xseed with the localization of Pandora’s Tower for North America and Disney Interactive Studios with Disney Infinity, both of which will be released this year.
Update: Pandora’s Tower Now Available For Pre-Order From Amazon And GameStop
Activision’s vice president of consumer marketing, John Coyne, welcomed Disney Infinity to the market and made it clear that his company is the leader of the ‘toys to life’ category, via an issued statement to GameSpot. In under two years, the two games in the Skylanders franchise, which were published by Activision, have generated over $500 million in U.S. sales. Disney Infinity, set for release in June, will integrate collectible physical toys from Disney and Pixar worlds.
“We are thrilled by the incredible success that the Skylanders franchise has had in such a short period of time. We are also flattered that one of the leading family entertainment companies is joining our ‘toys to life’ category.”
“We continue to focus on delivering innovative and immersive entertainment experiences to kids around the world and are pouring more creativity into our games. As a result, we are well positioned to continue leading the category.”
-Activision vice president of consumer marketing John Coyne
Some of Disney’s most iconic characters, including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy, are absent from the Disney Infinity reveal trailer; however, Mickey and the gang may, one day, be playable in the upcoming sandbox video game. Also, because The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment and Lucasfilm, characters from The Avengers and Star Wars may be featured in Disney Infinity. Disney Infinity will launch in June for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
Disney Interactive have finally unveiled Disney Infinity which is due for release this summer. The game is best described as Skylanders meets LittleBigPlanet combined with Minecraft and is in development by Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity will integrate collectible physical toys into a sandbox game that can include the best of Disney and Pixar titles. The game is due for release sometime in June for all platforms.
Disney Infinity, which is best described as Disney’s take on Skylanders, will be unveiled by the company during a press event in Hollywood featuring the chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. Disney Infinity sounds like a rather ambitious project for the company which sees Disney and Pixar collectible toys with embedded NFC/RFID chips interact with console games. We will certainly hear more about the game come January 15th.