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So, as most of you have probably heard by now, Disney Infinity is being discontinued as Disney shutters its publishing arm (it'll still license its properties to other publishers though) and Avalanche, the developers, close their doors. It's pretty sad news all in all, and a bit surprising considering Disney had the likes of Marvel and Star Wars to get people interested in the games. Knowing that something with that kind of power behind it could fail, do you think this could be the beginning of the end for the toys-to-life genre? Could Lego Dimensions, Skylanders, and, dare I say it, amiibo be next? To be honest, I'm surprised Infinity was the one that went down first. Of all of them, Skylanders would have been my guess as the first to fall simply due to the fact that it's the only one without recognizable branding behind it (unless you count Spyro as a recognizable brand, but they basically distanced themselves from that after the first one anyway) and there was already a precedent with Activision and plastic peripherals after Guitar Hero. I haven't paid attention to reviews or sales numbers or anything relating to these types of games, but I'm still pretty sure that other publishers are going to see what happened and start to consider whether it's worth carrying on with any plans they might have had for the genre. Nintendo might be able to keep amiibo profitable a while longer as long as they stick to the most popular series and spread the releases out a bit, but I'm expecting Lego Dimensions and Skylanders to follow suit any day now. How do you all feel about it? Worried? Happy that the obvious cash grab of selling toys that work with games might be ending? Don't care either way? Sound off with your thoughts!
Jason Clement posted a article in Industry NewsFirst there was Skylanders. Then came Disney Infinity. And now, gamers are in the midst of Amiibo madness. But you'll soon be able to welcome another series to the genre: LEGO Dimensions. The idea behind this particular game has many different LEGO properties combining into one, such as The LEGO Movie, The Lord of the Rings, DC Comics, The Wizard of Oz, Back to the Future, and the LEGO Ninjago line. And like Skylanders and Disney Infinity before it, players will use a special platform peripheral to bring interactive LEGO minifigs to life on-screen. LEGO Dimensions will roll out with a starter pack costing $99.99 and which includes the game, the LEGO Toy Pad (which brings characters to life), and three minifigs (Gandalf, Batman, and Wyldstyle from the LEGO Movie). There will also be Level Packs costing $29.99, Team Packs costing $24.99, and $14.99 Fun Packs that contain a variety of interactive characters, vehicles, and gadgets. Interestingly enough, the Starter Pack will continue to work with future expansion packs, negating any need for compatibility charts, according to Warner Bros.; something that will no doubt be a huge plus for many people. Compared to Skylanders and Disney Infinity, LEGO Dimensions is definitely sitting at a premium price point, but no doubt Warner Bros. Interactive is looking to capitalize on LEGO's huge franchise appeal to draw people in despite the extra $20 people will be paying for the starter set. You can expect to see the game hit stores this Fall on September 27 on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and 4, and Wii U. Source: WIRED Are you interested in or excited for LEGO Dimensions?