It was only a matter of time until somebody else saw how much paper Activision‘s insanely successful Skylanders IP was making.
And so here we are, with Disney hoping to carve themselves a piece of that very lucrative pie with their own cross-medium, parental financial guilt-trip, titled Disney Infinity.
We’ve got more, including an announcement trailer, after the break.
Taking cues from its obvious inspiration, Disney Infinite will leverage real-life plastic characters from a number of Disney franchises and stick them in a game which is a riff of the Toy Box mode from the Toy Story 3 licensed videogame.
This thing could take off pretty nicely too, as Disney will be keen to utilise their extensive and wholly recognisable IP in the product – something that will drive the kids (and by proxy their parents) to the brink of total insanity.
To this end, Disney Infinity will debut with some twenty characters liberally cribbed from The Incredibles, Pirates of the Caribbean and Monsters Inc franchises.
The initial starter pack comes with the most recognisable of characters from these franchises too; boasting the likes of Sulley from Monsters University, Mr. Incredible from The Incredibles and Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Carribean. Each franchise also brings with it its own world, known as a Playset, that can be explored within the game and may also be combined with other Playsets from other franchises to create some unique settings.
Furthermore, the Playset Reader, which is the tool used for scanning the toys into the game can also be used to scan ‘Power Discs’, physical items bought separately like the toys themselves but which can unlock additional items and customisation options.
Good lord; won’t someone think of the poor parents!
Take a peek at the announcement trailer below:
Disney Infinity is due to release on Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in June this year.