Rumors have been circulating for months surrounding a revolutionary announcement from Disney’s video game subsidiary. Last December, Polygon provided an extensive early look at Disney Infinity, set to bring together multiple Disney and Pixar franchises in a creative sandbox-style game. Finally, Disney has provided the first official details on this ambitious multi-franchise, multi-platform game!
Turns out the early reports were accurate; Disney Infinity, developed by Avalanche Studios, is a multiplayer "toybox" game coming to Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii U, Wii, 3DS, and mobile platforms. Disney has taken inspiration from the Skylanders franchise by using a USB "Infinity Base" to scan real-life figurines into the game world. The trailer below should help make things clearer:
Along with character figurines, Disney will also sell game worlds in the form of "playsets." By far the most fascinating element of Infinity, though, is the Toybox mode. Taking pages from Minecraft and LittleBigPlanet, the game features a robust level editor that even includes some programming features, allowing players to create new game modes. Much like LBP, levels and modes can even be shared online and downloaded by others.
Provided that Avalanche Studios can make good on these exciting promises (and I have faith that they will), Disney Infinity could be a much-needed hit for Disney Interactive. We won’t have to wait long to find out, either; Infinity hits shelves this June, alongside a first batch of over 30 character figures sold separately.
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