John Vignocchi, vice president of production for Disney Infinity, has revealed that Disney’s Toy to Life series has a fifty percent female player base. Vignocchi says that is one of the reasons why they have highlighted new female Jedi, Ahsoka. Clearly this is good news for the franchise which see’s Disney Infinity 3.0 released this week to good reviews.
Vignocchi said the decision to highlight Ahsoka, a female Jedi apprentice to Anakin, tied into surprising demographic data about Infinity’s players, adding that they expected a split of 70% male and 30% female. “With Disney’s IP treasure chest of powerful and strong female characters, we actually are seeing a split with Infinity that’s more 50% boys and 50% girls,” he said.
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Today, Ubisoft, in collaboration with Disney Interactive, announced the development of Just Dance: Disney Party 2, the second Disney title from Just Dance, the best-selling music video game franchise of all time. This news comes just days after Disney fans got a sneak peek of the game at the D23 EXPO 2015. The game will feature tracks from the hottest Disney Channel shows and movies, including “Evil Like Me” and “Rotten to the Core” from the hit Disney Channel Original Movie, “Descendants.”Just Dance: Disney Party 2 will hit store shelves this Holiday 2015 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo’s Wii and Wii U systems.
“The first Just Dance Disney game was a beloved hit among our fans,” said Geoffroy Sardin, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, Ubisoft EMEA. “When it came to working with Disney again on Just Dance: Disney Party 2, there was no question we wanted to give families another way to experience their favourite songs through dance.”
Just Dance: Disney Party 2 features a variety of hit songs, with more than 20 tracks from fan-favourite television shows and movies from Disney Channel, which is the #1 cable TV network on a Total Day basis in Total Viewers and the #1 TV network for kids and tweens. Just in time for the holidays, every Disney Channel fan and their family can get up and moving to tracks from movies such as “Descendants,” “Teen Beach Movie” and “Teen Beach 2,” as well as Disney Channel shows like “Girl Meets World,” “K.C. Undercover” and “Liv and Maddie.”
The Just Dance development team worked closely with Disney Interactive and Disney Channel to incorporate character looks into the game, letting fans enjoy gameplay that is true to the most popular shows and films. With the karaoke feature on Xbox One, players can also sing along while they dance to their favourite tunes! Check out a selection of tracks announced for the game so far:
- “Austin & Ally” (“Chasin’ the Beat of My Heart”)
- “Descendants” (“Did I Mention”)
- “Descendants” (“Rotten to the Core”)
- “Descendants” (“Evil Like Me”)
- “Descendants” (“Set It Off”)
- “Girl Meets World” (“Take on the World”)
- “K.C. Undercover” (“Keep It Undercover”)
- “Teen Beach Movie” (“Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’”)
- “Teen Beach Movie” (“Falling for Ya / Surf’s Up”)
- “Teen Beach 2” (“That’s How We Do”)
- “Teen Beach 2” (“Gotta Be Me”)
- “Teen Beach 2” (Twist Your Frown”)
- “Violetta” (“En Mi Mundo”)
At the Disney D23 Expo today both Square Enix and Disney announced that Sora from Kingdom Hearts Keyblade will would be the ultimate unlock for Disney Infinity 3.0. The addition of the Keyblade along with the announcements of the Star Wars: Episode VII play set and new figures based on The Good Dinosaur, Zootopia, and Peter Pan, were all part of the extravagant Disney event. Basically, if you collect all the Disney Infinity figures and then unlock them in the Hall of Heroes you will gain access to Sora’s Keyblade. Attendees at the event were lucky enough to receive a special power disc that unlocks Mickey Mouse’s Kingdom Hearts costume. This exclusive item will not be sold at retail.
Disney Infinity figures aren’t doing so well these days as Disney’s latest earning report shows that sales are decreasing. Disney wouldn’t really say why it thought that sales were on the decline, but it probably has something to do with amiibo and Skylanders, as both are selling extremely well in the Toys to Life category.
The poor results were attributed “primarily” to weak Disney Infinity and catalog sales. Disney did not provide any hard sales numbers, only saying that “the decrease from Disney Infinity was due to decreased unit sales and lower average net effective pricing.”
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There is a brand new character coming to Disney Infinity 3.0 and fans are busy speculating who it could be. Most people’s bets are on Ant-Man who is currently receiving plenty of media attention with the new film, which is currently airing at cinemas throughout the United States. As you can see from the image embedded in the tweet, Hulk is holding something tiny in his hands which is presumably Ant-Man. Guess we will get an official announcement fairly soon.
Disney Infinity 3.0 — in other words, the Star Wars Edition — will be heading to Wii U in late August. People living in Europe will get the game slightly earlier (August 28) than in North America (August 30th). The starter pack comes with a Star Wars Twilight of the Republic play set, a copy of the game, an NFC reading base, a web key for some mobile content, and Anakin Skywalker and Ahsokao Tano figures.
If you are the type to pre-order games, putting down money (on either the starter pack or standalone game) will land you a new toy box game piece at certain retailers. If you are specifically looking for the Boba Fett figure as well as the Rise Against the Empire play set will have to wait until the Sony exclusivity deal passes. Owners who already have the base from previous games have the option of grabbing the game on its own, or a bundle featuring the software and the Twilight of the Republic play set. Along with Wii U, the game is set to release on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
You may have missed it but Disney announced that the follow-up to Disney Magical World on the Nintendo 3DS is coming and it’s aptly titled, Disney Magical World 2. Fans of Frozen have a reason to be excited as the stars of the movie will make a more than welcome appearance in the game, which is sure to be a big hit for Disney. If the game is something you’re interested in then be sure to check out the video above. To dampen your enthusiasm we have yet to hear whether it will get a western release, however the previous game was released here in the west and proved to be popular, so it is likely to come over at some point.