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Disney's answer to Skylanders is Disney Infinity
Disney's answer to  Skylanders  is  Disney Infinity
January 15, 2013 | By Kris Graft




Activision's figurine-based video game franchise Skylanders has proven to be a massive hit, generating $500 million across two game releases and toy sales in the U.S. alone.

This success hasn't gone unnoticed by Disney, which needs a hit for its money-losing interactive division. The company held an event today to announce Disney Infinity, a game that will also implement physical toys that work in tandem with hardware and software to bring those toys to life, in game.

The business model, as Skylanders has proven, is potentially a lucrative one. Customers buy the game, which comes with physical toys, and essentially to do more with the game, you buy the toys separately.

The pricing is as follows: Starter pack - $75; Play set pack - $35; Disney Infinity figure - $12.99; Figure 3-pack - $30; Power Disc pack - $5.

Disney Infinity, developed by Avalanche Software, is a logical step for Disney Interactive, which has access to some of the most popular kid-friendly entertainment franchises in existence. The game will include characters from both Disney and Pixar franchises, including Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, Mr. Incredible from The Incredibles and Sully from Monsters Inc.

Similar to Skylanders, Disney Infinity will implement a physical "Infinity Base" on which players will place toys such as 17 different figurines, and various collectible pieces that can customize play experiences or give players power ups. Disney touted how players can get creative with the open world adventure game.

The game is slated to release in June for Nintendo Wii and Wii U, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, plus an "accompanying mobile experience."

More information is available at www.disney.com/Infinity.


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Brian Pace
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On every platform but the vita, how nice. Just like skylanders.

James Yee
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ARGH! I totally see WHY they did this but my poor pocketbook! I just bought Toy Story 3 (the previous game that featured the toy box) and my Daughter and I are playing the heck out of it. If they make Infinity just as good (with toys even!) then I foresee buying a lot of Disney gear this Holiday... :|

Daniel Erickson
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Lots of room for expansion here. Anyone think of other major IPs Disney has picked up in the last few years that would be great additions?

Soeren Lund
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Star Wars?

Doug Poston
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... and Marvel.

Mark Morrison
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@Jeferson - Wreck It Ralph lead movie characters are all licensed to Disney from other (mostly competitive) video game companies such as Sega, Atari, Midway, etc.

Doug Poston
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I believe all the main characters (Ralph, Felix, Vanellope, Calhoun, etc.) are Disney characters.


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