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.
Now with E3 just a couple of weeks away, etailers such as Amazon.com have begun listing the playset for pre-order. One gung ho retailer in particular, Entertainment Earth, even went as far as providing an image of the packaging for the playset which features the Tonto and Lone Ranger figures, along with the playset token, a variant on the skull and crossbones composed of a Texas Ranger badge, a pistol and a tomahawk.
The page has since been removed, but the images themselves were left in-tact (both the thumbnail and actual size). Additionally we were able to find the page in tact through the internet archive wayback machine. The product description reads as follows:
Disney Infinity The Lone Ranger Play Set Pack
- Expand on your Disney Infinity figure collection!
- Disney Infinity Play Set Pack for Disney’s The Lone Ranger.
- Comes with The Lone Ranger and Tonto video game mini-figures along with The Lone Ranger world!
Continue building and strongly expanding your arsenal of Disney Infinity characters! This Disney Infinity The Lone Ranger Play Set Pack lets you greatly expand your strength in the Disney Infinity video game. Featuring video game mini-figures of The Lone Ranger’s Tonto and The Lone Ranger along with The Lone Ranger world expansion ability, this Play Set Pack allows you to continue playing and experiencing the amazing world of Disney Infinity with Disney’s The Lone Ranger!
It should be noted that the anticipated September 2013 release date is the same date Entertainment Earth has posted for all ‘Disney Infinity’ products so we still anticipate The Lone Ranger playset’s release at launch. The prices are also higher than you can expect from other etailers. We asked Entertainment Earth about their prices and this was a response from a representative:
‘The pricing we have posted on our site is the pricing that has been recommended as the correct retail price for the item. Since Disney is the license holder, they can sell the item for a lower price than any other retail outlet. We do offer a Low Price Guarantee program, … you can forward that website URL to us and we will try to match it.’
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.
Disney also provided us with new screen shots and even some concept art which take a look at Disney Gulch, a new land that debuts in ‘Epic Mickey 2′ and is reminiscent of Frontierland. The concept art also demonstrate the wealth of Disney references that inhabit the game, such as Jiminy Cricket’s disturbing appearance at the Disney Gulch train station.
Disney Gulch concept art:
‘Disney Epic Mickey 2′ Screenshots (newest at beginning of gallery)
‘Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two’ is scheduled for release on Mickey’s birthday, November 18, 2012 and is currently available for pre-order for Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3. Windows and Mac platforms will also be available
What an unexpected surprise! And by unexpected, I mean completely expected! Okay, not really. Disney Interactive Studios today announced that Danville and several of its citizens are now available as a Downloadable Content (DLC) package for ‘Disney Universe’ on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live.
Players can now suit up as Phineas, Ferb, Candace, Agent P or Dr. Doofenshmirtz and explore Danville using all new gadgets such as the Chick-Inator which can turn players into chickens in order to access small spaces, while the Atomic Leaf Blow-Inator will allow them to blow away piles of leaves to reveal collectibles and more as they advance through the neighborhood avoiding traps and hazards. The level will culminate as players battle Dr. Doofenshmirtz in an epic showdown to bring down his blimp and save a trapped passenger.
Below is a gameplay video of the new ‘Phineas and Ferb’ DLC for ‘Disney Universe’ courtesy of Walt Disney Studios France (in which Ferb speaks French)
Below are our galleries of costumes and screenshots from ‘Disney Universe’ which now feature the ‘Phineas and Ferb’ downloadable content.
As previously announced, a Muppets DLC pack for ‘Disney Universe’ is expected to be released next month.
Disney Interactive Studios today announced that it has released a new downloadable content (DLC) pack for ‘Disney Universe’ featuring characters from the Walt Disney classic, The Jungle Book. Players on Microsoft Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 can now suit up with characters such as Mowgli, Shere Khan, King Louie, Bagheera and a baby elephant. Each costume is $.99 on PlayStation Network and 80 Microsoft points on MSN Live or the complete set is available for $2.99 and 240 Microsoft points on the respective console.
The Jungle Book joins previously released packs such as Nightmare Before Christmas and Disney Villains. In addition, a Muppets pack is expected to be released in March.
The new costumes as well as screenshots from the game featuring the costumes in use have been added to the beginning of our growing, extensive library below.
Those poor, unfortunate souls. That is how you describe anyone who doesn’t yet own their own copy of ‘Disney Universe‘ for the Microsoft Xbox 360 and/or Sony PlayStation 3.
Less than a month since its release, Disney Interactive Studios has released its first downloadable content (DLC) for the game: a villains pack featuring five costumes of some of Disney’s most beloved villains throughout the year. Now gamers can suit up as Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmations, Hades from Hercules, Ursula from The Little Mermaid, the Wicked Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and, the villains that all villains fear, Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty.
Available now on the Microsoft Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network, Disney has graciously provided us with new costume images as well as screenshots featuring their newest offerings, which have been added to our gallery of ‘Disney Universe’ costumes and screenshots below:
Today we get our sixth and final look at the lands to explore in Disney Interactive’s ‘Disney Universe’ before it hits shelves on October 25 (available for pre-order for Xbox, PS3, Wii and PC), just in time for Halloween. The world of Aladdin joins previously viewed worlds Monsters, Inc., Wall-E, Alice in Wonderland, The Lion King and Pirates of the Caribbean as the six worlds that will ship with the game, with more becoming available via Downloadable Content (DLC) for the Microsoft Xbox and PlayStation 3 editions.
The gameplay trailer released today shows us some action in Agrabah as well as some of the newly available costumes such as Aladdin, Jasmine and Jafar, with screenshots also previewing Abu.
Below are our our character and screenshot galleries for the game. Although we have not yet received the Aladdin costumes from Disney Interactive yet, we will add them as soon as they become available to us.
Lastly, courtesy of Walt Disney Studios France, we have these short teasers for ‘Disney Universe’ featuring the worlds and costumes of Pirates of the Caribbean, Aladdin and Wall-E.
In honor of International Talk Like A Pirates Day, we have a new video look at the ‘Pirates World’ portion of the upcoming Disney Interactive Studios title, ‘Disney Universe’ which will be available to own October 25 (and now available for pre-order from Amazon.com).
Although we had previously gotten a look at the Captain Jack Sparrow costume from the game’s box art, we also now get a look at the Angelica costume via the newly released screenshots from the playing level, with
hopefully more costumes to be released to us later today. We’ve now added costumes for Jack, Angelica, Mr. Gibbs, Blackbeard and Barbossa!
The Pirates of the Caribbean world joins The Lion King, Alice in Wonderland, WALL-E and Monsters, Inc. as one of six worlds that will come with the game initially, with more promised in the way of Downloadable Content on the PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox platforms in the future.
Included below is our character and screenshot galleries for the game which includes several new screen captures from the ‘Pirates World’ featuring Jack Sparrow and Angelica costumes. We expect to add more costumes inspired by the world of Pirates of the Caribbean later today to the costume gallery, so please check back later.
Disney Interactive Studios has released two new trailers today in support of its summer releases, ‘Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension’ and ‘Cars 2.’
Based on the Disney Channel Original Movie of the same title, the PlayStation®3 system and Wii system versions of ‘Phineas and Ferb’ will allow fans to play as up to 10 characters. Players will have the option to work together in two-player cooperative modes while navigating through an old time 1928-style cartoon world, a lawn gnome land and a gelatin world. In a mission to save the world, players will journey through 25 exciting levels while overcoming obstacles. They also can upgrade cool new gadgets including the Carbonator, which fires carbonated orange soda that can melt enemies and Ninja Gloves, which allows players to stick to walls. Along the way, fans will collect cool items and unlock additional playable characters, including a new OWCA special agent created specifically for the video game. The PlayStation® 3 system version will also be the first time a Phineas and Ferb video game features PlayStation®Move motion controller compatible gameplay.
In the DS version of ‘Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension,’ fans will play as Phineas, Ferb or Agent P. Players will jump, dodge, race and battle through five outrageous worlds featuring more than 30 levels. Players will work to earn gadget upgrades including a baseball launcher and Agent P’s favorite gadget – the grapple gun, while solving environmental puzzles in an effort to save Alternate Danville.
Disney Interactive has also announced that show creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff ‘Swampy’ Marsh will be at E3 on June 8 to meet with fans. Fans are encouraged to follow @DisneyE3 on Twitter.
‘Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension’ will be available to own for the Sony PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS on August 2 and is currently available for pre-order from Amazon.com.
Not to be outdone, another game trailer for ‘Cars 2′ titled ‘Elite Agents’ was released today. ‘Cars 2′ will be available to own on June 21 for all major gaming consoles and is currently available for pre-order from Amazon.com.
‘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.