Disney Interactive today announced Disney Infinity, a new platform for creating stories and experiences starring characters from Disney and Pixar. In development at Avalanche Software, it is Disney Interactive’s “most ambitious gaming initiative ever.”
Much like Activision’s Skylanders, Disney Infinity integrates 17 collectible character figures that allow players to “experience a variety of their favorite characters in true to property experiences,” and over 40 collectible interactive pieces that “allow players to expand and customize their play experiences.” These characters and pieces are placed on the Disney Infinity “Base,” which unlocks them in the game world. “Power Discs” can also be placed on the Base to strengthen characters with “unique powers, customizations, and gadgets.”
The game is set in a virtual “Toy Box.” Each story-driven experience is called a “Play Set,” and sees players solve puzzles, battle enemies, and explore iconic locations from famous Disney properties, while at the same time collecting characters, vehicles, and gadgets from each world to bring back to your Toy Box. From the Toy Box, players can build and customize their own virtual worlds using their favorite Disney characters, vehicles, settings, and accessories, and can then share their creations with friends online and offline.
“Disney Infinity introduces a new way to interact with the best of Disney on one game platform, both now and in the future,” said John Pleasants, co-president, Disney Interactive. “With this innovative approach to gaming, Disney Infinity will bring to life new characters, stories and environments from The Walt Disney Company over time in a way that will delight fans and gamers alike.”
Disney Infinity is due for “consoles” in June, and will have a phased roll out across mobile and online devices throughout 2013.
Watch the debut trailer below. View the first screenshots at the gallery.