July 24, 2014

‘Disney Infinity 2.0′ Poised To Be Bigger And Better

Disney Infinity MS - Characters (Live)

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!

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New ‘Toy Story’ Themed Toy Boxes Hit Disney Infinity

Disney Infinity Toy Box - The Big Room

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!

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Watch: ‘What Is Disney Infinity?’ Episode 2 Breaks Down Starter Pack Characters

Disney Infinity

Disney Infinity is an upcoming gaming platform that will combine the characters from various Disney and Pixar properties for the first time. Aside from the opportunity to make these distinct characters interact, the platform will also be a venue for entire games starring these characters in their own worlds – Sulley will be able to go around the campus of Monsters University scaring fellow students, while Mr. Incredible can save the citizens of Metroville from harm. Disney Interactive has released Episode 2 of its video series taking a look at the game. Get a better understanding of the game’s starter pack after the break!

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Watch: ‘What Is Disney Infinity?’ Episode 1 Provides An Overview Of The Play Sets

Disney Infinity

Disney Infinity differs from the traditional video game in several arenas, but hardware is where the big difference lies. Physical figurines interact with the software to bring characters to life in the game and power discs are utilized as well to enable power-ups and unlock items, backgrounds, vehicles, and more. Disney Interactive is smartly launching a video series on YouTube that explains the intricacies of the game. Watch Episode 1 after the break!

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Disney Infinity ‘Cars’ Playset Unveiled With New Trailer and 30+ Images

Disney Infinity - Lightning & Holley Figurines

Disney Infinity is an ambitious new gaming platform that will allow gamers to venture into the world of select Disney/Pixar properties, such as Monsters University, The Incredibles and Pirates of the Caribbean. Additionally, the Toy Box mode within the game lets the various characters interact with one another, potentially making this the largest Disney crossover ever. While the the three aforementioned properties will be included in the Starter Pack, there will be three more playsets that can be purchased at launch. This morning, Disney Interactive has officially unveiled the Cars playset. Get a closer look with a new trailer and more than 30 images after the break!

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Ambitious ‘Disney Infinity’ Game Unveiled

Disney Infinity

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!

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‘Disney Infinity’ To Be First Game To Include Both Disney And Pixar Characters

Disney Infinity

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!

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Exclusive: A Chat With The ‘Brave’ Video Game Producer

Brave Video Game Next Gen - 3

Previously categorized as cheap attempts to make money, games based on properties have come a long way over the past decade. Pixar realized the importance of the art and began working closer than ever with the teams developing video games based on its films. The Toy Story 3 and Cars 2 games are recent success stories for Disney Interactive and Pixar, smartly developed to be accessible and fun for everyone, without alienating gamers looking for more of a challenge. Recently, I had the chance to ask Brave video game producer, Glendon Dphrepaulezz, a few questions about Pixar’s involvement, the gameplay, and more. Read our exclusive interview with him after the jump! [Read more...]

First Eyes-On Cars 2: The Video Game

Cars 2 The Video Game

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...]