Toys ‘R’ Us stores nationwide and Toysrus.com will become the ultimate retail destinations for consumers eager to explore the new, magical worlds of Disney Infinity when it officially launches this Sunday, August 18. Disney Interactive’s new video game platform, which will be available on the Xbox 360 game and entertainment system, the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii U and iPad, integrates collectible figures featuring beloved characters from The Walt Disney Company and Pixar Animation Studios with an immersive video game experience that allows the characters to come to life and interact together – for the first time ever. In the U.S., Toys ‘R’ Us also will be the only place where fans can find figures from the Infinite Crystal Series, an assortment of exclusive, collectible figures that have enhanced in-game abilities, as well as exclusive Power Discs that unlock special in-game powers, gadgets, vehicles and more.
Disney Interactive is bringing together an exciting lineup of musicians to the ‘Disney Infinity’ in-game soundtrack including, Daft Punk, Danny Elfman, Michael Giacchino and more. Each of these songs, initially from Disney & Pixar movies, will be featured in the Toy Box mode – where players can build and customize their own unique virtual world using their favorite character, vehicles, settings and accessories from the Disney & Pixar family.
Capcom has provided us with newly released screens, character art and gameplay trailers from the ‘African Mines’ section of its upcoming release, ‘DuckTales: Remastered,’ available August 13, 2013 as a digital download on Sony PlayStation’s PSN, Nintendo’s eShop for Wii U and for PC; the Microsoft Xbox 360 XBLA edition will be available for download on September 11.
As per a thread located on DisneyInfinityFans.com, a French etailer had temporarily listed several ‘Disney Infinity’ items that had long been suspected, but had not been formally announced.
Among the items listed were toys (figures) featuring the likenesses of Elsa and Anna of Disney’s Frozen, Mickey Mouse (which we believe will be a Sorcerer’s Apprentice inspired item) and Jack Skellington. Also identified are toy packs branded for Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph (both consisting of perhaps just two characters based on the pricing). Oddly enough, a separate toy listing for Woody existed, casting doubts on the figures expected to be included in the Toy Story Space play set. An oddly named ‘girls’ pack of figures was also listed.
Via its official Tumblr site, Disney Interactive today announced it will be kicking off a national tour commemorating the release of ‘Disney Infinity.’
The tour will kick off this Sunday, July 7, 2013 at the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort from 4 pm to 9 pm PT and will then make its way across the country, ending up at New York City’s Times Square (home to both Toys ‘R’ Us and Disney Store flagship stores) on release day, August 18. Each stop along the way promises game demos, surprise guests, photo opportunities, giveaways, contests, entertainment provided by Radio Disney and more.
Whether it was intentional or not, the release of a new ‘Disney Infinity’ featurette titled ‘Creating Disney Infinity: Play Sets’ has officially confirmed our previous reports that ‘Toy Story Space’ does in fact appear to be an upcoming playset for the ‘Disney Infinity’ gaming platform.
The video also features minor clips from ‘Phineas and Ferb’ which we also believed to be an upcoming playset but are unclear if it had ever officially been announced as such (characters such as Phineas and Agent P have often been touted as playable characters in previous promotional videos).
While we have previously shared some news about the peripherals, most of which are currently available for pre-order, but have now provided with additional information on other items, including the themed controller for Microsoft’s Xbox 360, as seen here. Themed controllers will be available for both Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii and Wii U and will be available for this holiday season.
Just ahead of E3, Capcom has provided us with newly released screens, character art and gameplay trailers from its upcoming release, ‘DuckTales: Remastered,’ available this summer 2013 on Xbox 360 (XBLA), PlayStation 3 (PSN), Wii U (Nintendo eShop) and PC. Go back to one of the golden ages of gaming with a reimagining of one of the most iconic 8-bit titles, refined with a level of detail that will please the most hardened Disney or retro Capcom fan. Featuring hand-drawn animated sprites, original Disney character voices talent and richly painted level backgrounds from the classic cartoon TV series, Scrooge McDuck and family come to life like never before. The gameplay retains the authenticity of its 8-bitpredecessor, simple and fun, with slight modifications to improve gameplay flow and design. Embark on an authentic DuckTales adventure, as Scrooge McDuck and his three nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie travel to exotic locations throughout the world in their quest to retrieve the five Legendary Treasures.
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 Interactive has released a new featurette for its upcoming ‘Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two,’ titled ‘The Power of Character.’ In the video, the creative team at Junction Point talk about the importance of choosing elements and the attributes of the characters that appear within the game. In addition to talking about Mickey and Oswald’s special abilities, Warren Spector discusses the influence that Oswald’s galpal, Ortensia, will yield in the game (including some great looks of her in action — no samples of her speaking yet, unfortunately) and the internal struggles of the Mad Doctor who marks his return in the game’s sequel.