At a launch event held earlier today at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, Disney Interactive Co-President John Pleasants was joined by John Lasseter to announce ‘Disney Infinity,’ a multi-platform experience which will certainly prove to be one of the most ambitious projects to date in the world of video games.
The announcement confirms everything we have reported previously. Using a combination of plastic figures, a ‘Disney Infinity’ reader and more, players will have the ability to allow Pixar and Disney characters to interact with each other directly in a video game, as demonstrated by the screen shot to the left which features Captain Jack Sparrow of Pirates of the Caribbean 5 alongside Bullseye, Mr. Incredible, Mike Wazowski and Sulley.
In addition to the toy box mode, an additional plastic trophy will open up a Play Set mode in which players are free to explore individual worlds from the Disney and Pixar universes such as Monsters University campus, Radiator Springs, Phineas and Ferb, The Lone Ranger and Toy Story Space.
In addition, specialized token/coins (available in blind packs) will allow the gamer to add multiple attributes to their player as well as add additional features to the play sets, as desired.
With the product, gamers receive figures for Sulley, Captain Jack Sparrow, Mr. Incredible), a landmark token (Monsters University ) and an enhancement token/coin. Going further, expansion packs will become available with the additional play sets, figures and multiple waves of the ability coins.
Below are a couple of screen shots from the game, photos of some of the tokens and concept art of many of them. Additional characters include Mike Wazowski, Randall, Hector Barbossa, Davy Jones, Mrs. Incredible, Syndrome, Dash, Violet, Woody, Jack Skellington, Agent P, Rapunzel, Anna (Frozen), Ice Queen (Frozen), Sorcerer Mickey, Tow Mater and Francesco Bernoulli.
At launch for ‘Disney Infinity,’ a Radiator Springs playset from Disney/Pixar’s Cars will be available complete with Lightning McQueen and Holly Shiftwell. Future expansion packs will include: The Lone Ranger with the Lone Ranger and Tonto; ‘Toy Story in Space’ with Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; and ‘Phineas and Ferb’ with Phineas and Ferb.
Below is a gallery of screenshots and artwork/images for ‘Disney Infinity.’
Additional photos and videos from today’s event will be posted here as they become available.
In a recent New York Times article on Disney Interactive, Robert Iger teased an upcoming ‘ambitious’ project known internally as ‘Toy Box,’ but our readers probably know it better by its commercial title, Disney Infinity. Although we’ve known about Disney Infinity for quite some time, there really hasn’t been much information available for us to share, so we could only do as much as to mention it briefly last month when responding to rumors about ‘Kingdom Hearts 1.5.’ (Note that in our article, we incorrectly identified the project name as sandbox when it should read ‘Toy Box’).
Although we already knew ‘Disney Infinity’ was a large, ambitious project which we believe to use NFC/RFID collectible physical items that will interact with the console apps, Iger explains it is much larger than that. According execs at Disney Interactive, Disney Infinity will be a console game (as we already shared) that will feature Disney/Pixar and classic Disney characters to interact in environments which extend to several mobile and online applications, probably lending the ‘infinite possibilities’ to the game’s title.
As a sidebar, we have seen a dramatic increase in incoming searches from Disney employees looking for any information online regarding Disney Infinity since the New York Times article, which does not yet mention the project by its proper name.