Disney Infinity will use plastic, real-life characters from Disney franchises to power a game based on Toy Story 3: The Video Game's Toy Box mode. Think Skylanders with Disney characters, all thrown into a sandbox game. Disney Infinity is set to launch in June.
Disney Infinity will launch with 20 characters, initially based on Monsters University, The Incredibles and Pirates of the Caribbean. The starter pack comes with three characters: Sulley from Monsters University, Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates and Mr. Incredible from The Incredibles. Each franchise is its own world, called a Play Set, that can be combined with the Play Sets of other characters' franchises.
Disney Infinity will also use "Power Discs," physical items that players use with the Play Set base to unlock items and customization. There are two types of Power Discs: One is a circular coin stacked under the character to add buffs, and the other is hexagonal and provides items. One Power Disc, for example, unlocks an in-game rideable Dumbo. The Play Set base can fit two characters and one Power Disc.
The game supports up to four players online or two in split-screen. Avalanche Software is developing Disney Infinity for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, PC and mobile. The above reveal trailer offers the first glimpse of Disney's new game, including cameos from Cars and Toy Story characters and The Nightmare Before Christmas' Jack Skellington.
Check out our photos straight from the Disney Infinity announcement below, complete with Power Discs from Brave, Tangled, Peter Pan, Dumbo, Frankenweenie, Bolt and one showing Kermit the Frog on a red bus.
For the First Time, Disney and Pixar Animation Studios' Most Popular Characters Come Together in a Magical Storytelling Experience
BURBANK, Calif. – (JANUARY 15, 2013) – Disney Interactive today unveiled its most ambitious gaming initiative ever, Disney Infinity. This all new game platform unlocks the freedom to create stories and play experiences starring beloved characters from The Walt Disney Company and Pixar Animation Studios. Disney Infinity allows players to both experience original adventures in some of their favourite Disney and Pixar worlds and to build their own worlds using the power of their imagination.
"Disney Infinity introduces a new way to interact with the best of Disney on one game platform, both now and in the future," said John Pleasants, co-president, Disney Interactive. "With this innovative approach to gaming, Disney Infinity will bring to life new characters, stories and environments from The Walt Disney Company over time in a way that will delight fans and gamers alike."
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 this summer 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 favourite 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 favourite 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.
"Disney Infinity combines prominent Disney and Pixar characters and scenarios in a way that mimics how kids play in real life," said John Blackburn, vice president and general manager, Avalanche Software. "With our platform's unique gameplay mechanics and innovative approach to user generated content within the "Toy Box" mode, Disney Infinity will spark imaginations and provide endless hours of fun and creativity."
Development for Disney Infinity is being led by Disney Interactive and Avalanche Software. For additional information, please visit www.disney.com/Infinity and www.youtube.com/disneyinfinity or join the Disney Infinity Facebook Community (Facebook.com/disneyinfinity).