Ever wonder, “What if there was a Disney game that plays out just like Skylanders?” Well, after weeks of rumors, Disney officially declares just that: introducing Disney Infinity for all major platforms (XBOX 360, PS3, Wii U, Wii, 3DS, PC, and iOS/Android).
The main highlight of Skylanders was the ability to collect and use toys from the real world, and then utilize then in the virtual game world, so, with Disney’s catalog of hundreds of characters across all of their franchises, there’s almost an endless amount of possible characters to use in the game. Of course, only a little over 30 characters will be released for Disney Infinity, with more inevitably being released after the game launches.
So, just as Skylanders had a port for their figures, Disney has a much slimmer port (dubbed The Infinity Base USB peripheral), and once you place your figures on this portal, you’ll have instant access to those characters.
You’ll also have access to physical disks to equip to your real-life figures, giving them special abilities or items. This allows you to mix different abilities between characters, as some may have unique abilities accessible only through the disk attachment, and you’ll be able to equip two disks to any figure at any time.
The game is being developed by Avalanche Software, who has taken the game to feature pretty much the same modes that you would find in Toy Story 3: The Video Game. Disney Infinity has both a campaign mode as well as a Toy Box mode where you’ll be able to both create and share custom games with no Play Set (the figures). Also, each Starter Pack features 3 different characters from 3 different franchises: Monster University, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Incredibles. Each character can be used cross-platform, so whatever you accomplish and achieve in one version can be transferred to another console’s version via the character.
Two player split-screen and four-player online play will be integrated with the game, as Avalanche Software is aiming to make this multiplayer-focused, as well as addressing issues that players have often complained about with the Skylanders series. No details have been released in terms of release date and pricing.