Reporting on Jay Rasulo’s appearance during a conference last week, Business Insider has speculated on a statement Disney’s CFO made regarding the future of gaming. According to the report, Rasulo has promised two ‘game-changing’ titles in the upcoming [fiscal] year, the first being ‘Epic Mickey 2,’ due out on November 18 and the second as-of-yet-unannounced title to debut at some point in 2013.
Cycling through a list of upcoming films and deeming none of them game-changing, the article jumps to the (hopeful) conclusion that the upcoming title is ‘Kingdom Hearts 1.5,’ a recently announced title known to be exclusive only to Japan. This speculation has spread like wildfire, being reported on several gaming news sites.
We however think differently. We actually are aware of several projects at Disney Interactive in the works that have not been announced. The more likely to be the project that Rasulo was hinting at is a title called ‘Disney Infinity,’ formerly known internally as ‘the sandbox.’ Pictured here is actual artwork for the game’s logo taken from a not-well-known but publicly-accessible website.
Although we actually don’t have much information on Disney Infinity, what we do know from our sources is that it indeed could be referred to as a game-changer. One source compared it to ‘Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventures’ in which players would interface with the game via Disney character ‘toys’ using RFID.
Another project, which we have discussed in the past a bit, is called Disney Imagination Online which we are told is definitely a social game, likely to be in development by Playdom, in which players can create and share their own ‘Magic Kingdoms.’
However only time will tell.