Just ahead of E3, we have received confirmation of something we have been reporting for quite some time: a previously as-of-yet unannounced playset for ‘Disney Infinity,’ The Lone Ranger. Although we have been talking about the playset since before the original announcement, we last visited the possibility back in March, when the launch had been delayed until August. While most outlets focused on that its launch no longer coincided with the theatrical release of Monsters University, we also pointed out that it now releases after the theatrical debut of The Lone Ranger, which will now mean Disney Infinity will be relying on the success of the film rather than being a marketing tool for it.
While we expect to see and hear a lot more as E3 rolls around next month, Amazon.com and other etailers have begun listing some of the accessories by PDP that will be available for Disney Infinity at launch on August 18, 2013.
The big ticket item appears to be the Disney Infinity Play Zone (seen here), which according to etailers will be able to store up to 17 character figures and 3 playset tokens along with 20 power discs and the Disney Infinity base and software disc. Amazon is also listing a Disney Infinity Play ‘N Store which is currently lacking a product image, but it appears to be a more convenient form of the Play Zone, allowing easy storage to play conversion, featuring stackable capability for multiple Play ‘N Stores and the ability to easily slide in the Disney Infinity base for game play.
Disney has announced ‘Story,’ an Apple iPhone/iPad application that can automatically group your personal photos and videos and combine them into a narrative to tell a story.
According to the app’s mission statement (via its description on its official Facebook page), ‘Disney has been telling the stories that you love for generations. Now, we can help you tell yours.’
The app description continues to outline what it does and how it goes about doing so. Using date and GPS data associated with photos and videos stored on the smart phone, Story automatically groups them together in a ready-to-share package, which can then be shared via social media outlets such as Facebook and email, on the official Story.us website, or even embedded on personal blogs.
The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) and Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced a new multi-year exclusive licensing agreement to develop and publish globally new games based on Star Wars characters and storylines.
Under the agreement, EA will develop and publish new Star Wars titles for a core gaming audience, spanning all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres, while Disney will retain certain rights to develop new titles within the mobile, social, tablet and online game categories.
Majesco Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: COOL), an innovative provider of games for the mass market along with Disney Interactive, announced today that ‘Phineas and Ferb: Quest for Cool Stuff‘ is expected to launch this August. Based on the top-rated Emmy Award-winning hit series, ‘Phineas and Ferb: Quest for Cool Stuff’ will release on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Wii U video game system, Wii™, Nintendo DS™ and Nintendo 3DS™ from Nintendo. The title is now available for pre-order from Amazon.com with a release date of August 13, 2013.
According to Polygon, the new version has new hand-drawn sprites, and features Disney’s voice talent, remastered versions of the original’s 8-bit music. New elements include a tutorial, Scrooge’s Money Bin and a museum.
It will be available this summer for Wii U and PlayStation Network for $15 and Xbox Live Arcade for 1200 points.
A trailer announcing the game has also been released.
With the August 18, 2013 release date for Disney Infinity looming, retailers are beginning to step up their offers to entice consumers to choose them as the shop of choice when it comes to the starter pack, expansion packs, additional figures and accessories from PDP to show off and tote collections.
Tied for the leaders in the fairly tight race currently appears to be Amazon.com and GameStop.com who are bundling the starter sets with a figure of choice plus a blind pack of Disney Infinity power discs at the retail list of $74.95. For details and options, visit Amazon.com or GameStop.com.
Earlier this evening, the New York Times broke the news that Disney Infinity will no longer be released in June as previously announced, but has been pushed back to August 18 domestically, with a European release a couple of days later.
The move, according to the article, was one based on market and positioning, suggesting retailers were receptive to the product and offering valuable shelf space for it but wanted it closer to the holiday season.
While the article gives the impression that Disney Interactive feels the move will be better overall for its bottom line (at least come 2014), it also introduces some doubts as well.
Title: Toy Story: Smash It! (link)
Publisher: Walt Disney
Released: February 27, 2013
Platforms: Apple iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad), Android Soon
Pros: Familiar intellectual property, addictive play, well executed spin on popular mobile game franchise
Cons: Restart button isn’t immediate
Review: Toy Story: Smash It!, a new title from Disney Mobile and Disney Mobile Studio Prague, is a physics oriented game that’s sure to make any player anything but angry.