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.
For the figures themselves — and hopefully an indication that we may see variants and/or exclusives on the Disney Infinity figures — PDP will offer a 3-pack of Disney Infinity Figure Display Cases which are also stackable. The cases also include clips for web codes.
Power discs, of which we expect multiple waves of twenty discs each, have their own storage options courtesy of PDP. The Disney Infinity Power Disc Capsule features a slide-out tray that provides easy access to your favorite power discs and even comes complete with a set of dual power disc bands (one round, one hexagon) that allows you to keep your favorite combination of power discs at the ready for gameplay. To aid you in collecting the complete set of power discs, a special wave one edition of the Disney Infinity Power Disc Album will house all 20 (though Amazon currently incorrectly lists it at 30) of the first wave, each disc in their own specially marked slot.
Also listed is a 6-Feet Extension Cable which will presumably allow the Disney Infinity base to be used further away from the console if needed.
Walmart also lists a Disney Infinity Base Protector which encases the Disney Infinity base in clear plastic which still allows play-through as well as the ability to insert art cards, offering an element of customization. The manufacturer is not listed for this item.
The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) and Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced a new multi-year exclusive licensing agreement to develop and publish globally new games based on Star Wars characters and storylines.
Under the agreement, EA will develop and publish new Star Wars titles for a core gaming audience, spanning all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres, while Disney will retain certain rights to develop new titles within the mobile, social, tablet and online game categories.
“This agreement demonstrates our commitment to creating quality game experiences that drive the popularity of the Star Wars franchise for years to come,” said John Pleasants, Co-President of Disney Interactive. “Collaborating with one of the world’s premier game developers will allow us to bring an amazing portfolio of new Star Wars titles to our fans around the world.”
“Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe,” said EA Labels President Frank Gibeau. “Three of our top studios will fulfill that dream, crafting epic adventures for Star Wars fans. DICE and Visceral will produce new games, joining the BioWare team which continues to develop for the Star Wars franchise. The new experiences we create may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories and gameplay.”
Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Majesco Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: COOL), an innovative provider of games for the mass market along with Disney Interactive, announced today that ‘Phineas and Ferb: Quest for Cool Stuff‘ is expected to launch this August. Based on the top-rated Emmy Award-winning hit series, ‘Phineas and Ferb: Quest for Cool Stuff’ will release on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Wii U video game system, Wii™, Nintendo DS™ and Nintendo 3DS™ from Nintendo. The title is now available for pre-order from Amazon.com with a release date of August 13, 2013.
Join Phineas and Ferb as they travel to out-of-this-world places in their newest invention, the A.T.T. (All-Terrain Transformatron). This upgradeable, customizable, ultra-cool amphibious ride helps the boys hunt for lost loot to display in their backyard Museum of Cool. Phineas and Ferb: Quest for Cool Stuff features many of the fan-favorite characters from the hit show, including Perry the Platypus — aka secret Agent P, Candace, Isabella, Buford, Baljeet, and the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz, who is determined to unleash his latest creation, the ‘get-rid-of-cool-stuff-inator’ on the Tri-State Area.
‘Phineas and Ferb: Quest for Cool Stuff’ features include:
- Multiple Gameplay Modes
- Exploration Mode: Switch on-the-fly between ambitious innovator Phineas and silent, but stoic ‘Man of Action’ Ferb as they explore an ancient lost temple, underwater caverns and more in search of treasure!
- Build, upgrade and customize the A.T.T. (All-Terrain Transformatron vehicle), then take it on treasure-seeking adventures around the world.
- Action Mode: Transform Perry from subdued pet to super Agent P and battle the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz.
- Original Storyline: Experience four intertwining episodes filled with witty humor and outlandish adventures.
- Museum of Cool: Display the loot collected inside including the lost Atlantis hieroglyph, caveman’s first stone wheel, floating baby head, and much more.
Screenshots from the Xbox 360 edition have been provided to us below:
Majesco also plans to release a unique Phineas and Ferb smartphone and tablet game in August, which will feature Agent P and the rest of the O.W.C.A. (Organization Without a Cool Acronym).
According to Polygon, the new version has new hand-drawn sprites, and features Disney’s voice talent, remastered versions of the original’s 8-bit music. New elements include a tutorial, Scrooge’s Money Bin and a museum.
It will be available this summer for Wii U and PlayStation Network for $15 and Xbox Live Arcade for 1200 points.
A trailer announcing the game has also been released.
With the August 18, 2013 release date for Disney Infinity looming, retailers are beginning to step up their offers to entice consumers to choose them as the shop of choice when it comes to the starter pack, expansion packs, additional figures and accessories from PDP to show off and tote collections.
Tied for the leaders in the fairly tight race currently appears to be Amazon.com and GameStop.com who are bundling the starter sets with a figure of choice plus a blind pack of Disney Infinity power discs at the retail list of $74.95. For details and options, visit Amazon.com or GameStop.com.
In second position is DisneyStore.com which is offering a $15 store credit, technically more than the price of a Disney Infinity figure, along with free shipping. The only downside is that the credit must be redeemed by September 2, 2013. For more details, visit DisneyStore.com.
Right behind them is Best Buy who at this time is offering just an additional figure (no Power Disc pack).
Walmart is offering $4.99 in VUDU credit for customers who purchase the starter pack from them. They are also offering 10 free movies for those who sign up for the service for a limited time.
No known offers exist for Toys R Us, Target and other major retailers who are currently taking pre-orders for Disney Infinity, but it’s important to note that retailers are adjusting these offers all the time to stay competitive, so they should be checked on periodically to ensure you’re getting the best deal. Also more figures are expected to be revealed as we build up to the game’s final release so unless you’re planning to collect them all, that’s something else to watch out for.
As a reminder, you will need a starter pack for each platform/console you wish to play the game for software reasons — figures themselves are platform independent and store individual memory on the figures themselves.
Earlier this evening, the New York Times broke the news that Disney Infinity will no longer be released in June as previously announced, but has been pushed back to August 18 domestically, with a European release a couple of days later.
The move, according to the article, was one based on market and positioning, suggesting retailers were receptive to the product and offering valuable shelf space for it but wanted it closer to the holiday season.
While the article gives the impression that Disney Interactive feels the move will be better overall for its bottom line (at least come 2014), it also introduces some doubts as well.
For starters, the article focuses on how far Disney Infinity will trail Pixar’s Monsters University, which it was originally going to be released with in tandem. However, there is another title Disney Infinity was set to promote at launch, that being Jerry Bruckheimer’s The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. Although not yet officially announced by Disney Interactive, the Lone Ranger is believed to be the promised mysterious second playset available at launch. An image of the first wave of the Disney Infinity power disc package supports that theory, with images of Tonto and the Lone Ranger prominently featured along with the (mostly) known remaining figures at launch.
In short, whereas players would have been introduced to the world of The Lone Ranger a few weeks prior to its theatrical release date of July 3, now Disney Interactive will have to hope that the movie is entertaining enough to its audience that they’ll want to purchase the play set at an additional cost several weeks later.
The shelf date also brings Disney Infinity closer to the launch date of PlayStation 4, which is not known to support the Disney Infinity platform as of yet (more surprise announcements, anyone?) as Sony has already acknowledged that the PS4 won’t be backwards compatible with PS3 titles.
If in fact the push is at the behest of retailers, one thing is clear: Disney is ready to play ball. Although it’s not a traditional outlet for video games for obvious reasons, we are told Disney Store will be carrying Disney Infinity both online and in-store and Disney clearly could’ve easily had the upper hand in the retail battle by simply making it a Disney Store exclusive until the big boys decide to jump in.
Title: Toy Story: Smash It! (link)
Publisher: Walt Disney
Released: February 27, 2013
Platforms: Apple iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad), Android Soon
Pros: Familiar intellectual property, addictive play, well executed spin on popular mobile game franchise
Cons: Restart button isn’t immediate
Review: Toy Story: Smash It!, a new title from Disney Mobile and Disney Mobile Studio Prague, is a physics oriented game that’s sure to make any player anything but angry.
Square Enix and Disney Interactive today announced that ‘Kingdom Hearts 1.5 ReMIX,’ previously believed to be a Japan exclusive, will be released in North America in fall of 2013 for the PlayStation 3 console.
This 1.5 ReMIX collection con tains the classic original game redone in HD along with the immediate continuation of ‘Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories’ and HD-enhanced cutscenes from ‘Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days’ in addition to the enhanced, original ‘Kingdom Hearts’ title. The new edition comes complete with additional weapons, enemies, skills, scenes and more!
In ‘Kingdom Hearts,’ Sora wields the magical keyblade in search of his lost friends, making new ones with Disney’s Goofy and Donald along the way. The story continues through classic Disney stories like Aladdin, Hercules, Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio, and The Nightmare Before Christmas! Utilizing RPG mechanics and gaining new exploratory powers throughout his adventure, Sora solidified himself as a starry-eyed hero that bridged Disney classics with a unique overarching story of friendship and courage. ‘Final Fantasy’ fans can expect appearances by famous characters such as Cloud, Selphie, Aeris, and Cid, or even the infamous fan favorite Sephiroth.
It’s a great time to get started on the series if you’re a newcomer now that this edition is being made exclusively available to PlayStation 3 with full trophy support. But long-time fans will likewise be thrilled to replay the original and see their favorite moments relived in crisp HD colors and graphics.
Although it had already been announced (and confirmed our initial reports), Disney Interactive today noted that at launch, ‘Disney Infinity’ will have a Cars play set available to purchase. This makes Cars the fourth officially announced play set (along with Monsters University, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Incredibles) and the first add-on pack.
As we reported (and confirmed) yesterday, the Cars play set allows gamers to take on the role of Lightning McQueen, Mater, Holley Shiftwell and Francesco Bernoulli and enter the virtual world of Radiator Springs, where they will prepare the town for a big international racing event.
Key highlights of the play set add-on include:
- Racing and Customization: players will be able to race through town on full sized tracks and pull off amazing, gravity defying feats in a no-holds-barred stunt park. Additionally, players can customize the town, exploring the outskirts of the city and towing all types of vehicles to make way for tourists.
- Play Set: The Cars play set adds driving/racing play mechanics and track pieces to the Toy Box allowing players to create all-new racing challenges, build and customize tracks and much more.
- Toy Box mode: Lightning, Mater, Holley and Francesco are able to interact with all of the previously revealed characters from The Incredibles, Monsters University and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Courtesy of Disney Interactive, we have added the new assets for ‘Disney Infinity’ Cars including character art, figures and screenshots to our galleries below (we will begin backfilling the galleries shortly).
With just a few months to go until ‘Disney Infinity’ hits the shelves, etailers around the world have begun listing the game and its various components and accessories, offering us a glimpse of what we can expect on its launch date in June.
Amazon.com as well as several others have already begun listing the starter pack for consoles which includes Nintendo Wii and Wii U, Microsoft Xbox 360 and the Sony PlayStation 3. Curiously enough, they (and several other etailers) also list the same starter pack for the same price for the Nintendo 3DS. This is somewhat telling since the 3DS version is expected to be essentially a completely scaled down experience due to hardware constraints, so selling an entire starter pack for it at full retail seems a bit ambitious to say the least. Just to expand on that, we have been told by Disney Interactive that there will not be any software-only version of the product, so if you wish to play it on both your Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii (or any other console), you will be required to purchase the full starter pack for each, despite the fact that the hardware is fairly independent of the software.
Also listed for pre-order are some of the 17 or so additional figures that will be available at launch including Mike Wazowski, Davy Jones, Syndrome, Violet, Captain Barbossa, Dash and Mrs. Incredible.
Our report that a Cars play set would be available at launch was also confirmed, but it appears the only etailer currently listing it that we could find is Entertainment Earth (we presume the price is incorrectly posted and have notified them as such). Their description goes on to confirm our original reports that the play set will include Lightning McQueen and Holly Shiftwell while Tow Mater and Franceso Bernoulli figures will be available separately. Interestingly enough, Entertainment Earth’s description also confirms our report of The Lone Ranger being supported in the future.
Lastly, while we anticipate more characters being announced for launch as well as a full line of accessories for display and power disc keeping, one other item of note we found was a book titled Disney Infinity: Infinite Possibilities. According to the description, this 80-page companion book to the highly anticipated Disney Infinity video game will introduce players to the beloved Disney and Pixar characters and worlds featured in the game. Players will learn all about their favorite characters, including Captain Jack Sparrow, Sulley, Lightning McQueen and The Incredibles. In addition, this first companion book will explore all six initial Play Sets, such as the worlds of Monsters University, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Cars as well as provide tips on building entire worlds in the Toy Box mode straight from the game’s creators.
The book is the only item we found domestically with a specific release date of June 18, which coincidentally when we have been reporting ‘Disney Infinity’ to be released. In the UK, June 28 is being listed as the release date for ‘Disney Infinity’ while in France, it appears to be July 15.