Who would win in a race between Dash from The Incredibles and Cars' Lightning McQueen? Who is stronger, Mr. Incredible or Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc.? Disney Interactive gives you the chance to find out as they've announced Disney INFINITY, a new game that allows you to take control of Disney characters old and new and explore open worlds from Disney and Pixar classics. Using actual character figures of Disney's popular line-up, players can combine the many worlds of Disney across all major consoles, mobile devices and online. Think Activision's Skylanders, only with the vast history of Disney characters and properties.
Every INFINITY starter pack will come with an INFINITY Base, three INFINITY character figures, a landmark piece and a power coin. The base can be attached to most major gaming systems, and when the figures are placed upon it they unlock worlds and games. You can adventure through the Play Sets that enact the characters' journeys, with a different game for each world - for instance, a superhero battle to save the world for The Incredibles, an adventure on the high seas in the Pirates of the Caribbean, or pranks at Monsters University.
John Blackburn of Avalanche Software, Disney’s partner in creating Disney INFINITY, revealed that the idea came from their work on the "Toy Box" mode on the Toy Story 3 video game. Disney INFINITY also allows gamers to play in "Toy Box mode," which opens up unlimited possibilities to create original games, combine characters from different worlds, and simply explore.
After this morning's introduction by co-president of Disney Interactive John Pleasants, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios CEO John Lasseter admitted to the crowd that he is not a fan of mash-ups. "Mr. Incredible does not live in the same world as Sully and Mike. I'm sorry but it just doesn't happen," Lasseter said. "So we started talking about it and (the team at Avalanche Software) said BUT... if you were playing with the TOYS from the movie and it's just like Andy in Andy's room with his toy box playing with a bunch of toys from all different things and they come together and he plays with them all in a very creative way. Now that's something cool."
Lasseter went on to explain that INFINITY will allow players to "become a little kid again" and just simply "play." There will be story modes but the goal is to basically just pull toys from a toy box and play creatively.
Disney INFINITY will initially introduce a line of 40 collectible interactive figures - characters, Play Set pieces and power discs - that allow players to expand and customize their play experiences. Over time, Disney INFINITY will release additional characters and "Play Sets" and this platform will constantly evolve.
And from what was shown on the big screen at the El Capitan, it appears as though we'll get to apply that creative playtime with characters from Monsters Inc., Pirates of the Caribbean and The Incredibles as well as Toy Story, Cars, Wreck-It Ralph, TRON, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Phineas and Ferb for starters. Visuals shown also included various Disney Parks castles and Epcot's Spaceship Earth from Walt Disney World's EPCOT.
There will be two play modes to INFINITY as well. In each "Play Set," characters from that franchise and world solely exist in that story. The Incredibles will use there powers against Syndrome, etc. No crossovers here! In "Toy Box" mode, players can create their own stories and customize their adventures combining characters, environments, gadgets, vehicles and more in a vast open world environment. That's where Jack Sparrow and Jack Skellington might go on an adventure together.
Players can even create their own games within the game by building pieces of the world and then upload and share their creations in a Disney online community. Sounds ambitious, but if it can deliver a Skylanders-esque experience within the richness of Disney's characters, that's a huge win.
Disney INFINITY will be available in June on Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Wii-U, PC and online, as well as on smart devices including tablets and mobile phones. The starter pack will retail for $74.99, Play Set pack $34.99, Infinity figures $12.99, Figure 3-Packs $29.99, and Power Disc packs will be $4.99. So start saving!