‘Disney Infinity’ revealed, June 2013 release

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Disney’s latest gaming project, Disney Infinity, has been rumored to exist for some time now, and today the world received official confirmation of the game’s existence at a Los Angeles press conference.

Disney Infinity, billed as a platform for the entire virtual Disney universe, is a creative, sandbox-like project built off of Toy Story 3′s “Toy Box mode.” In Infinity, players will be able to play as Disney character’s in their native worlds, and will be able to create worlds of their own using themes and elements from the Disney canon.

“There are no rules,” states the video (below), referring to the game’s expansive experience.

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Along with the reveal, Disney announced three play sets already in development for Infinity‘s June release: Pirates of the Caribbean, Monsters Inc. and The Incredibles, all of which will be included in the game’s Starter Pack. The video also shows characters and set pieces from Toy Story.

Each of the Infinity play sets will include a story mode, which will remain true to each series’ characters and plots, as well as elements for Toy Box mode–the more creative side of the game. In Toy Box mode, players will be able to combine characters and components from different Disney properties, creating a unique melting-pot experience. With Toy Box mode, the sky really does seem to be the limit. It’s been reported that user-created worlds will be able to host complex contraptions, race tracks, battlegrounds and more. As stated in today’s press release, players will have the chance to share their creations online, though it’s not yet clear how that will be handled.

Developed by Avalanche Software–the company behind previous Disney games Toy Story 3 and Cars 2Infinity works a bit like Activision’s Skylanders. Along with the game, players can purchase a pack of toys that, when scanned into the game’s “portal,” unlock different characters and elements. These can be paired with “power discs” as well, which will bring in even more virtual features.

The press release lays out each of the project’s aspects as follows:

  • Disney Infinity Interactive Pieces – Initially a line of 40 collectible interactive pieces will be introduced that allow players to expand and customize their play experiences.
  • Disney Infinity Interactive Character Figures – Seventeen character figures will allow players to experience a variety of their favorite characters in true to property experiences and in “Toy Box” mode.
  • Disney Infinity Base – When figures are placed on the Infinity base, they unlock the world and play experiences ofDisney Infinity.
  • Disney Infinity Power Discs – Interactive discs can be placed on the Infinity base to power up characters and “Toy Box” with unique powers, customizations and gadgets.

Disney has also released the initial pricing information for these elements:

  • Starter Pack:         $74.99
  • Play Set Pack:         $34.99
  • Disney Infinity Figure:    $12.99
  • Figure 3-Pack:         $29.99
  • Power Disc Pack:     $4.99

According to the logos at the end of the reveal trailer, Disney Infinity will be available on Xbox 360, PS3, WiiU and Nintendo3Ds. There has been no word yet about potential iOS or Android versions, as had been previously rumored.

To hear what Disney has to say about all this, and to view some sweet concept images and screenshots, check out today’s press release.

Being undeniably bad at video games has never stopped Sam from loving them, and now he's covering the gaming industry daily. When he's not writing about (or playing) video games, Sam can usually be found watching past-their-prime TV shows on Netflix or reading whatever finds its way onto his Kindle. Twitter: @scnolan13 PSN/Steam: rotcerid