When the news officially hit this afternoon that Disney Interactive and Avalanche Software would be entering the cross-platform realm currently dominated by SKYLANDERS with the launch of Disney INFINITY this summer, I jumped on that trailer immediately. My first reaction? This multi-platform adventure looks FANTASTIC. My second reaction? Buying all the physical figures to intermix with the digital world looks EXPENSIVE.
With an expansive experience that blends characters from The Walt Disney Company and Pixar Animation, the looming question of the day has been “will characters from the Disney-owned worlds of MARVEL, STAR WARS, and THE MUPPETS appear?” While MARVEL and STAR WARS are said to have been “discussed,” the first indication that THE MUPPETS will appear is hidden in plain sight. Behold this screenshot from the trailer, in which Captain Jack Sparrow can be seen standing atop the famous “Electric Mayhem” Bus (sidebar: the bus is also now a part of Hot Wheels’ Retro Entertainment Series of diecast vehicles).
More Details on Disney INFINITY:
In a way that only Disney can, Disney Infinity integrates collectible character figures that come to life in the game. These figures provide experiences that are true to these characters and stories, as well as the opportunity to bring characters from various Disney and Pixar films to play together in a virtual “Toy Box.” This all-new game universe will launch in June across all consoles and will have a phased roll out across mobile and online devices throughout 2013.
Throughout each story-driven experience, called a “Play Set,” players will solve challenging puzzles, battle enemies and explore iconic locations from famous Disney properties, while collecting unique characters, vehicles, and gadgets from each world and saving them to a virtual “Toy Box.” Players can access their “Toy Box” and build and customize their own unique virtual world using their favorite characters, vehicles, settings and accessories. Disney Infinity allows players the opportunity to share these unique creations in the “Toy Box” mode with friends both online and off.
The Disney Infinity Platform includes:
· Disney Infinity Interactive Pieces – Initially a line of 40 collectible interactive pieces will be introduced that allow players to expand and customize their play experiences.
· Disney Infinity Interactive Character Figures – Seventeen character figures will allow players to experience a variety of their favorite characters in true to property experiences and in “Toy Box” mode.
· Disney Infinity Base – When figures are placed on the Infinity base, they unlock the world and play experiences of Disney Infinity.
· Disney Infinity Power Discs – Interactive discs can be placed on the Infinity base to power up characters and “Toy Box” with unique powers, customizations and gadgets.
Check out some screens from Disney INFINITY below…
MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Play Set
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN Play Set
THE INCREDIBLES Play Set
The Toy Box
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