Back in November, we reported on a rumor about Disney developing their own model of a toy/figurine-based game similar to Activision's hugely popular Skylanders and that it would be called Disney Infinity. It looks like the rumor was dead on, as the game was formally announced by Disney today, and it will indeed be called Disney Infinity.
The game is said to integrate collectible physical toys into a sandbox game that will include the best of Disney and Pixar franchises. As far as the Disney Infinity platform itself goes, there will be an initial line of 40 collectible interactive pieces that will expand players' experiences as well as allow a certain amount of customization. In addition, there will be 17 character figures that players can bring into the Toy Box mode.
There will also be an Infinity base of sorts that the figures and pieces will interface with. Disney Infinity power discs can also be placed on the Infinity base in order to power-up different characters with unique powers, gadgets, and so forth. Disney Interactive co-president John Pleasants described Disney Infinity as not a single game, but a platform that would grow over time.
Principal creative adviser of Disney Imagineering John Lasseter brought out that the Disney characters and figures have been reimagined for Disney Infinity with a stylized approach that brings a cohesive aesthetic to all of the different characters. You'll notice in the pictures that the characters are actually made to look like action figures in-game to a degree as well.
The game is being developed by Avalanche Software (not to be confused with Avalanche Studios, of Just Cause 2 fame), who developed the highly acclaimed Toy Story 3 video game adaptation a few years back. Not coincidentally, the whole Disney Infinity concept was actually birthed from the development of a proposed sequel to the Toy Story 3 game that would have focused more on Buzz Lightyear and Toy Box elements in general.
Disney Infinity is set for release in June on Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, WiiU, 3DS, PC and Mobile, and will debut with three playsets based on The Incredibles, Monsters University, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Be sure to take a look at the announcement trailer below.
Are you excited for Disney Infinity?