Back in 2010, Avalanche Software put out an unexpected hit with Toy Story 3: The Video Game, an anomaly among the usual heap of rushed movie tie-in games. The game’s unique Toy Box mode, which incorporated Toy Story characters into an open-world sandbox, proved a success among critics and players alike. Expanding on this idea, the studio is now developing a similar game featuring a slew of Disney and Pixar characters called Disney Infinity.
Though not set to be formally announced until January 15 at El Capitan Theatre, Polygon recently received an inside scoop about the game, set to launch on all major platforms including iOS and Android. According to their sources, players will assume the roles of characters from major Disney and Pixar franchises, including Toy Story, Cars, The Incredibles, and Wreck-it Ralph, and explore a variety of open-world environments. The game will include standard modes like capture the flag and an Angry Birds-esque castle-destroying game, but players will be encouraged to come up with their own objectives.
It’s also been rumored that, in the vein of Activision’s wildly successful Skylanders franchise, content may be able to be unlocked in-game by purchasing real-life figurines and scanning them through a NFC device. This would certainly make sense given the profitability of Skylanders, but Polygon found no evidence of the concept in the material they received.
Keep in mind that none of this has been made official, but the developers at Avalanche have a brilliant idea on their hands if these concepts are present in the final product. Check back for the official announcement on January 15, which will be presented by John Lasseter and Disney Interactive’s John Pleasants.
Would you be interested in a game like Disney Infinity?