This time around with ‘Disney Infinity 2.0,’ I have been blessed with the opportunity to preview the game several times over the past couple of months and this past week at San Diego Comic-Con I had the additional pleasure of checking it out every day of the con that the pop-up shop was open, including the special Disney D23 event with Alex Hirsch of ‘Gravity Falls.’ I also had the larger pleasure of talking with a few of the folks on the development team and gained additional insight into the game.
At San Diego Comic-Con, Disney Interactive today announced the next chapter in its upcoming ‘Disney Infinity Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition)’ — the Guardians of the Galaxy play set, inspired by the Marvel film of the same name, in theaters on August 1, 2014.
The Guardians of the Galaxy play set follows Star-Lord and his fellow Guardians as they arrive at Knowhere, having just stolen a powerful cosmic object from the villainous Ronan the Accuser. Players will guide the team as they race to protect Knowhere from Ronan and his attacking Sakaaran fleet while keeping their newly liberated item safe from the villain’s evil grasp.
Just ahead of San Diego Comic-Con, Sony and Disney Interactive have revealed the first look and additional details for their exclusive ‘Disney Infinity 2.0’ Collector’s Edition for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 as well as a PlayStation 3 bundle.
As part of the third annual ‘Sweet Suite’ event held last night in New York City, I once again had the distinct pleasure to meet with ‘Disney Infinity’ executive producer John Vignocchi as I got a second recent look at the upcoming ‘Disney Infinity 2.0 Edition’ title on the PS4 on an even newer build than the one I saw last month. Unfortunately I didn’t get any actual hands-on with the game this time around as the build is so recent, it contained items not yet officially announced so there’s nothing I can share in terms of that other than to prepare you to hold on to your seats firmly, especially as San Diego Comic-Con hits us next week.
Disney Interactive today announced that Stitch and Tinker Bell will join Merida and Maleficent as new Disney themed playable characters in the ‘Disney Infinity 2.0 Edition’ Toy Box to be released later this year. To celebrate the occasion, Disney Interactive has supplied us with high res images of the new figures as well as Toy Box screen shots featuring them at play.
The official character descriptions are as follows:
Stitch: The lovable ‘experiment 626’ from the popular Lilo & Stitch films comes to the ‘Disney Infinity’ Toy Box 2.0 along with his trusty cosmic blaster and the ability to super jump to galactic new heights.
At the Disney Consumer Products holiday preview event recently held in New York City, I was able to get some limited play time in on the ‘Disney Infinity 2.0’ Marvel Super Heroes edition ‘Spider-Man’ play set and toy box.
Overall the game play seems to be on par with — if not better than — the first generation. One particularly cool upgrade, however, is a ‘compass’ or ‘radar’ on the heads-up display which should be familiar to any casual gamer, which points out points of interest as well additional quest locations. Additionally, due to the size of the play set area, on-screen indicators pop up to indicate the distance to points of interest as you travel towards them.
Best Buy has put up its pre-orders for ‘Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Super Heroes‘ with a release date of September 19, 2014. As part of the pre-order offer, Best Buy is offering a free additional figure with purchase. However, among the figures to choose from are a single power disc blind pack and the ‘Spider-Man’ play set which itself retails for $34.99.
True to Best Buy’s word, if you select one of the starter packs (console-specific) and then choose the ‘Spider-Man’ play set as your freebie, it does zero out the price in the shopping cart.
Earlier today at E3 in Los Angeles, Nintendo unveiled an upcoming slate of titles for its various consoles. In addition to ‘Disney Infinity 2.0’ which will be available for the Wii U, the following Disney titles have also been announced (all of which are for the 3DS):
- ‘Big Hero 6’ (October 28, 2014), developed by Gamemill
- ‘Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue’ (November 4, 2014), developed by Little Orbit
- ‘Disney Violetta: Rhythm & Music’ (September 19, 2014), developed by Little Orbit
In addition, Bandai-Namco will be releasing , ‘Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2,’ for both the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS in support of its Disney XD animated program in October.
The Spider-Man Play Set will feature a storyline which follows the Green Goblin as he tries to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D. once and for all. After capturing Venom to extract and clone symbiotes from him, he hires Mysterio to be his second in command and wreak havoc on the Marvel universe. Players will fight the spreading symbiotes and face Mysterio and Green Goblin in in the sewers, labs and skies above Manhattan.
Key highlights for the Spider-Man Play Set include:
Although announcements have yet to come out directly out of the Disney Interactive camp, several news items regarding ‘Disney Infinity 2.0 Edition’ have come forward at the E3 Expo event in Los Angeles.
Sony announced that it will exclusively offer the Hulk playable figure ahead of its general release with the collector’s edition of ‘Disney Infinity 2.0’ for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles. The collector’s edition will also include a display base for the figures. Additionally, the game will be available on both PSTV and PlayStation Vita as well as part of a special PlayStation 3 bundle.