In honor of E3, Disney Interactive Studios has released a brand new trailer which features actual gameplay taking place in both the Monsters, Inc. and Alice in Wonderland worlds, two of six that will be included at the initial launch with additional worlds available in the future via downloadable content on the Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox platforms.
The game trailer also shows off some of the potential co-op play in which players work both with each other and against each other to accomplish the various tasks.
In addition to the trailer, we also have several new screenshots that we’ve incorporated into a gallery below. We also have several new character profiles featuring costumes such as Mike Wazowki, Sulley, Celia, Randall and the Harryhausen’s sushi chef from Disney/Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.; Alice and the Mad Hatter from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland; The Lion King‘s Pumbaa; Lilo and Stitch‘s Stitch; and Nemo from Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo.
With more information promised for July 20, Disney Universe is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com with an anticipated release date of Halloween (October 31, 2011).
‘Disney Universe is a vast treasure chest of Disney properties with memorable characters, places and experiences that gamers, as well as Disney fans will enjoy,’ said Adam Sussman, senior vice president of publishing, Disney Interactive Media Group. ‘The fast-paced, frenetic gameplay combined with wacky humor and hilarious situations make Disney Universe the perfect game to play with family and friends.’
Disney is not being loose with many of the game’s details yet, but has added that the different worlds that players can explore are not only inspired by, but follow the actual storylines of the selected Disney and Disney/Pixar films. Players will select a character-based costume, with each costume offering a specific tool that changes and grows in power as players adventure through the game. Disney Universe offers frenetic gameplay, multiplayer with up to three friends and slapstick humor that will appeal to players of all ages.
Disney Interactive has also announced plans to offer downloadable content (DLC) post-launch for the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 gaming consoles in way of new character costumes and worlds. The game will also be available for the Wii platform and as downloadable content for the PC.
Disney has not announced an official release date as of yet, but Amazon.com is now listing the title with a release date of Halloween (October 31, 2011), a fitting date for a game whose primary talking point is wearing costumes.
Last week, we reported a brief appearance of a video game titled ‘Disney Universe’ that had made its way to Amazon.com but was removed shortly thereafter.
The game, with adaptations for the Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii, boasts the ability for gamers to team up to play more than 40 popular characters from the Disney arsenal.
Expected to be announced at or shortly prior to E3 next week, Disney Interactive Studios has released the following teaser for the game, which it now confirms to be released later this year. The teaser features little blue characters in CosPlay format, portraying a character from TRON: Legacy, Mike Wazowski from Disney/Pixar’s Monsters, Inc., Alice from Alice in Wonderland and Stitch from Lilo and Stitch along with the tagline: ‘Suit Up. Power Up. Team Up.’
According to the original description for the game, it will include six worlds inspired by Disney and Pixar films where ‘mischief, magic and mayhem reign’ and allow up to four players to either combine their efforts to defeat enemies and solve puzzles, or work against each other too.
The teaser also points to the game’s homepage which does exist but currently only has the teaser video.
UPDATE #1: The UK site for the game offers a different background in addition to the teaser but also points to additional clues/content to be revealed at future dates, beginning May 26.
Earlier today, Amazon.com began listing a title called ‘Disney Universe’ for the Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii platforms with a release date of May 26, 2011. Subsequently, that information has been removed from Amazon.com’s site (but not before the non-cached pages were picked up by Google).
Not only is it unlikely that a game won’t be announced less than 10 days before its release, but games are traditionally introduced on Tuesdays, which May 26, 2011 is not (nor is it in 2012). That detail is minor, however, as Amazon.com has been known for making mistakes in dating releases before.
According to the description, the game will feature ‘more than 40 classic and contemporary Disney characters including Alice, Mike [Wazowski?], TRON and Stitch’ and include six worlds inspired by Disney and Pixar films where ‘mischief, magic and mayhem reign.’
The game will also allow up to four players to either combine their efforts to defeat enemies and solve puzzles, or work against each other too.