Back in May Disney Interactive noted that it would be shutting down its toys-to-life series Disney Infinity. Now we have the details regarding how that will go down.
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Earlier this week, Disney cancelled its popular toys-to-life franchise Disney Infinity and announced that developer Avalanche Software would shut down.
The move was part of a general pull-out from producing its own games, Disney said. Infinity had seemed to be doing well, but the lack of content announced for this year made it somewhat less of a surprise.
But a new report published by Kotaku has detailed mismanagement behind the scenes of the game which caused the profitable project to be canned well before its time.
Disney Interactive will no longer self-publish console video games. That means it will cease development on Disney Infinity and shutter its developer Avalanche Software.
The company just made the announcement during its latest earnings report where it noted that it had a $147m charge due to "the discontinuation of our self-published console games business, principally Infinity."
Disney said it had "lower results" for Infinity than the company predicted. Disney's Consumer Products and Interactive Media devision revenue for the quarter decreased by two per cent to $1.2bn. Its operating income also decreased eight per cent to $357m.
Disney Infinity's Marvel-based sequel is coming next month on every console except for the Wii, which has since been left in the dust by its successor, the Wii U. As a result, Disney is letting players download the original Disney Infinity for free on the Wii U eShop, where its base and figurines are backwards compatible with the Wii game.
When Buzz Lightyear oft proclaimed "to Infinity and beyond!" we were never quite clear on what the "beyond" part was. Now it appears that it's the Marvel universe as Disney has officially unveiled its sequel to Disney Infinity with Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes.
As detailed by GameInformer, this next installment in the physical toy/video game crossover series will feature such beloved characters as the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man and villains like Loki and Modok.
The starter pack will include three playable characters: Iron Man, Thor and Black Widow, along with the Avengers-themed play set. An Asgard-based one was teased as well.
Disney Infinity 2.0 will arrive this August and include the series' first round of characters from the Marvel universe.
UPDATE 11.47pm: A Disney spokesperson has confirmed to Eurogamer that Disney Infinity and Fantasia: Music Evolved will remain unaffected by the company's recent restructuring. In fact, the point of today's decisions was to refocus the company's efforts on its key priorities, which includes Disney Infinity - something that comes as no surprise given its recent success.
Disney Infinity might have fallen flat but the potential was there - "only ever one great expansion away", we wrote in our review.
Disney shows off how to make its ambitious new title, Disney Infinity, look like Irrational Games' recently released sci-fi adventure BioShock Infinite.
In Disney Infinity's latest Toy Columbia trailer, the house of mouse merges BioShock Infinite's skylines with other Disney assets in the game's Toy Box mode. It even uses the tagline, "Explore a sprawling city in the sky with infinite possibilities."
This is all sorts of weird for a number of reasons. First and foremost, BioShock Infinite isn't a Disney property as it belongs to publisher 2K Games. While the trailer positions Toy Columbia as 2K licensing its property to Disney, Disney Interactive director of communications Brian Nelson clarified to Eurogamer that this is merely user-generated content using the game's own existing assets to mimic the popular first-person shooter.
Disney is in the business of selling magic. Everything it creates is a means to that end. It's certainly something that Disney Infinity is keen to push, opening as it does with a charming - if over-sugared - intro sequence that sees the player plucking a star from the sky and then guiding it through an unfolding world of Disney totems. Look, there's Rapunzel! Here's Wreck-It Ralph! And, of course, Mickey, here to ease you into Infinity's deep world of crossover branding with a little sparkle.
If that sounds rather cynical, it's because - underneath the fairy dust and soaring music - Infinity is a pretty cynical game, a corporate product that cherry-picks elements from the cream of current kid gaming, throws an ungodly amount of money at it and drenches the result in marketing synergy.
It's shameless, but it almost works. Like Activision's hugely successful Skylanders, Disney Infinity is a game where characters and features are unlocked by placing collectable toys on a portal device. The "starter pack" comes with the core game, three toys - Mr Incredible, Sulley and Jack Sparrow - and a three-in-one playset that sits on the portal alongside the toys.
A new trailer for Disney's monstrous undertaking, Disney Infinity, shows off its Toy Box mode wherein players can mix and match characters and assets from separate universes.
Much like LittleBigPlanet 2, players can create their own games with what appears to be an extraordinarily robust toolkit. Examples given show variations off football, pinball, racing and baseball.
Players will only start out with access to the Pirates of the Caribbean, Monsters, Inc., and The Incredibles universes along with their protagonists: Captain Jack Sparrow, Sulley, and Mr. Incredible. These come as actual Skylanders-esque figurines and players will need to purchase more of them to access further content.
Disney Infinity has been delayed to late August. It had been due out in June.
Catch a glimpse of Disney Infinity in passing and you'd probably conclude that it's a shameless rip-off of Skylanders. Investigate a little, however, and it all gets a touch stranger. In truth, it's probably safer to describe Disney Infinity as a shameless rip-off of Skylanders and LittleBigPlanet and Minecraft, and maybe some of the Lego games. It's a synthesis - or perhaps a mutant. It could be massive.
UPDATE 2: As spotted by Eurogamer reader castertroy, Toys R Us has a good deal on the Disney Infinity Starter Packs. There the price for all versions is £49.99 - £15 cheaper than at GAME.
Disney Interactive has announced Disney Infinity, an "interactive gaming platform" consisting of several multiplatform games that will coalesce into one big game, sort of.