"'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 integrates collectible character figures that come to life in the game. These figures provide experiences that are true to these characters and stories, as well as the opportunity to bring characters from various Disney and Pixar films to play together in a virtual "Toy Box." This all-new game universe will launch in June across all consoles and will have a phased roll out across mobile and online devices throughout 2013.
I actually think this looks awesome, but I'm not sure about the art style. I know they're all toys, but some of the characters seem to have survived the 'angularization' of their characters better than others. Sully looks kind of odd. Why not make him fuzzy?
The Incredibles' representation has me very interested, but I'm not quite sold on the gameplay or the core "buy toys to play game" concept. Isn't that essentially like DLC, albeit with some physical value?
From what I've read, it sounds like the main game will be made up of the various Disney worlds, which you can only use the characters from that world (i.e., Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean level). There's also the toy box mode, which is kind of like Minecraft or something, where you can build all kinds of stuff and use any of the characters you have unlocked, which sounds more like a virtual playground. So it's a bit of both, I guess.
It's too bad they had to involve collectible figures. The game's concept is pretty nifty to me, although it looks a little rough around the edges.
The absolute key to the Skylanders success so far is that the figures are so great. High quality, durable (I mean, for plastic toys - they don't shatter if you drop them, your 5-year-old can play with them reasonably and they won't break instantly), and just plain cool looking to kids (and a lot of us adults). The fact that the toys are something kids would play with anyway (my son cerainly does, when we tell him to turn off the Wii) and/or geeks would collect anyway, makes the fact that you're buying additional product to unlock content that's already on the disc seem like much less of a ripoff.
So, I'd say the Disney game will rise or fall on the same basis: Are the toys cool?
This is going to be a very, very dangerous game for me. I've managed to stay away from Skylanders, but I don't think that will hold here. I love Disney, especially The Incredibles. I see many plastic toys in my future.