Avalanche Software has had an interesting history. The once-Disney subsidiary burst onto the scene with the ambitious and critically-acclaimed Toy Story 3 video game, which was a great example of how a game based on a property could still be inventive and immensely entertaining. Avalanche followed up that effort up with the Cars 2 video game, another fun and solid effort that went beyond what we see from many property-based games. However, the company knew it had something special with the Toy Story game and expanded the game’s Toy Box mode into a popular game you may have heard of – Disney Infinity. Avalanche was recently shut down, so we did not expect today’s announcement that the developer is up and running again, and working on the next Pixar video game. [Read more…]
Disney Infinity has proven to be an incredibly successful gaming venture for Disney Interactive, as it has quickly become one of the biggest games in the industry. Last year, after much speculation about whether Disney Infinity would be a game-changer for the company, the game has been just that – millions of starter packs have been sold and individual figures that allow players to play as the characters in the game have also become collector’s items. Last week, Disney Interactive and Avalanche Software, the talented group behind the game’s development, returned to Hollywood to unveil Disney Infinity 2.0 – check out our full report, including our photos from the event after the break!
Disney Infinity has proven to be incredibly popular, with sets and figures often selling out at retailers. Recently, it was announced that the gaming platform had sold through over 1 million units, effectively branding the venture a great success for Disney Interactive and developer Avalanche Software. With the holidays rapidly approaching, and the hunt for gifts beginning, sales are just ramping up, especially as Disney has continued to pledge updates and new content. Each week, new Toy Boxes are uploaded for gamers to download (for free!) and explore, providing significantly more replay value than we have come to expect from games in this age. Today, several Toy Story-themed Toy Boxes have been unleashed, and you can take a look at them after the break!
Video games on home consoles are facing a serious threat from the increasing popularity of the mobile platform, which has the ability to easily deliver new content to millions of gamers for a lower price than the next generation platforms such as the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii are used to. Disney Interactive has decided to get a bit creative and shake up the traditional disc-only model by adding collectible figurines and power discs that enhance the onscreen play. I was invited to Hollywood yesterday to see the game, Disney Infinity, up-close – find all the details I uncovered on this ambitious new gaming initiative after the break!
The memorable worlds that have been dreamed up by Disney and Pixar number in the dozens. Films and shorts have the ability to transport audiences into escapist fantasy, upon which games can add another level of interaction. Last year’s Disney Universe console game was the first console game to bring together the worlds of the two well-known studios, also allowing gamers to wear costumes inspired by the characters. Disney Infinity, which is set to be formally be announced next month, is set to take it one step further by bringing the actual characters from Pixar and Disney together. Find more details about the game after the break!
A few weeks back, while I was on Pixar’s campus in Emeryville I had the chance to spend some quality time with “Cars 2: The Video Game.” During the Cars 2 press event at Toy Fair, I reported that the game was shaping up quite nicely. However, that was based solely on observations. Now that I have had actual hands-on time with the game, I can say with some more confidence that it looks like we are getting another great game from Avalanche Software. [Read more…]
As part of the Cars 2 media event in New York City yesterday, Disney Interactive Group unveiled a playable version of Cars 2: The Video Game. Due in June 2011, the game, which will be available on the XBox 360, PS3, Wii, Nintendo DS, and the PC and MAC, allows players to take control of the various characters in the Cars universe and undergo simulated missions. I had the pleasure of seeing the game in action, and I am pleased to report that it looks to be a fun experience.
The basic storyline is that the Cars characters join up with an agency named C.H.R.O.M.E. (Command Headquarters for Recon Operations & Motorized Espionage) and participate in missions that have been simulated, which opens up the game to many exciting new directions. This allows for the game to remain faithful to the story of the Cars films, which the developer (Avalanche Software) and Pixar seem intent to do. [Read more…]