At a big press event today, Disney announced what everyone had expected: their Disney: Infinity project is basically Skylanders with every Disney and Pixar property you can shake a
dollar stick at. It will be a massive series of interconnected games on every platform (including mobile) that use mini-figures of iconic Disney and Pixar characters.
The launch trailer shows figures of Jack Sparrow and Sully from Monsters Inc. being transported into a world where The Incredibles, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Nightmare Before Christmas all play alongside and with each other. Other Disney characters run, race or zoom by as they explore the different worlds, fight enemies and interact with each other.
What’s that? You say you’ve already played Kingdom Hearts? Well, imagine being able to build an entirely customized world for your favorite (i.e., the ones you’ve purchased) characters to inhabit. That’s Infinity‘s “Toybox” mode, where all the Disney cross-pollination will take place. There will be games specific to each Disney “world” included in Infinity, starting out with The Incredibles, Monsters Universe and Pirates of the Caribbean, but it appears you’ll only be able to play with that world’s characters in their specific game. You can also unlock content in those games which are then added to the Toybox for your own use.
Avalanche Software is the developer behind Infinity, and showed some of the customization tools you’ll have in the Toybox. Players will be able to create their own rudimentary games which they can share with friends, a la Little Big Planet, which sounds really interesting and a way for Disney to push this new gaming subset forward.
While Skylanders won over a lot of people through novelty and innovation, Disney is hoping brand recognition and additions like the Toybox will help them catch up to the competition. It certainly looks like they’re off to a promising start so far.
Disney: Infinity was teased with a June 2013 launch window.