Disney has unveiled plans for a Skylanders-style game featuring characters from its biggest movies.
In a similar way to Skylanders – which has been a big seller in supermarkets – players can interact with the upcoming game, called Disney Infinity, by placing physical models of characters and other items on an ‘Infinity Base’ connected to a gaming console or device.
The title, which will launch this summer on consoles and later in the year on mobile and internet devices, would offer a range of 40 collectible items and 17 figures from some of the biggest Disney and Pixar titles.
“Disney Infinity introduces a new way to interact with the best of Disney on one game platform,” said John Pleasants, co-president of Disney Interactive.
Disney Infinity will include traditional story-driven gameplay involving puzzle-solving, battling enemies and exploring locations from well-known Disney properties, which would allow players to collect characters, vehicles, and gadgets from each world. These ‘Toy Box’ items can then be used by players to create their own virtual world that can be shared with friends on and off line.
“Disney Infinity combines prominent Disney and Pixar characters and scenarios in a way that mimics how kids play in real life,” said John Blackburn, vice president and general manager of Avalanche Software, which has been developing the game with Disney Interactive.
The popularity of Activision’s Skylanders, which launched in October 2011 and was expanded last year with Skylanders Giants, has prompted many supermarkets to create fixtures dedicated to the game.