Disney Goes to Infinity… and Beyond?

The Walt Disney Company has always had a rather strong presence in the video game industry.  From Mickey’s Mousecapade, to Kingdom Hearts, to Epic Mickey.  But now, they’ve unveiled a project that might dwarf everything that came before it.  Read on for the details.

Earlier today, Disney Interactive announced Disney Infinity.  And no, Halo fans, it’s not a theme park based on the UNSC Infinity from Halo 4.  I know, I was disappointed too.  But it’s still pretty cool, so keep reading.  Much like Activision’s Skylanders, Disney Infinity will involve not just a game, but also collectible figurines and a pad which will import the figurines into the game world.  Each Disney brand, from Toy Story to Pirates of the Caribbean, will have their own “play sets,” in which players import their figures and play through exploration, combat, and puzzle solving segments.  

Along the way, players will gather unlockable items, and place them into their “toy box,” which is where the fun really starts.  Once an item is in your toy box, it can be traded with friends, and used to create your own unique gaming experiences.  In the footage Disney provided, elements from Pirates, The Incredibles, and Monsters Inc. are shown.  So eventually, perhaps, you and a friend could create a level where… oh, I don’t know… Sully and Elastigirl team up to save the inhabitants of Neverland from Davy Jones.  Or something like that.  You get the idea.  Disney World + Skylanders + Little Big Planet is what I’m trying to say, I guess.  But enough of my feeble attempts to describe it.  Check out the trailer.

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Initially, Disney plans to have 17 figurines available, with an additional 40 interactive pieces for players to create their custom games. The game, at least according to the press release, will be available on all gaming platforms, including consoles, PC, handhelds, phones, and other mobile devices.  And while no release date was given beyond “summer,” the official site has a countdown clock that, at least according to my shaky math, runs out on June 2nd.  We’ll keep an eye out for updates, and pass them on to you.  In the meantime, let’s all imagine building a level in which Lighting McQueen brutally and repeatedly runs over Jar Jar Binks.

About the Author: (@Joe_of_the_Dead) Lead Editor, Writer

Joe was born in a time of war. A console war. Two electronic titans were locked in a heated battle for the living rooms of America. Which titans, you ask? Well, the Fairchild Channel F and the Atari 2600 of course. You see, Joe is old. So many of his favorite games tend to be on the older side as well. But that hasn’t stopped him from developing unhealthy obsessions with such modern franchises as Halo and Mass Effect. Just don’t tell him how long it’s been since the original Metroid was released. His aging heart can’t take the shock.

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