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'Disney Infinity' announced: 'Skylanders' meets 'LittleBigPlanet'

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Disney Infinity has been announced

Similar to Skylanders, the "new gaming initiative" from Disney Interactive will offer physical figures from different Disney and Pixar franchises that can then interact with one another in the game.


Disney Infinity offers two contrasting modes. One is Playsets, which are essentially self-contained and story-driven worlds for each respective Disney universe, each featuring their own combat systems, toys and gameplay styles.

The starter pack will include figures and Playsets for Mr. Incredible from The Incredibles, Sulley from Monsters Inc and Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean.

The Incredibles playset is action-oriented, pitting the superhero family against Syndrome's monsters in a city, where each family member has different abilities such as strength and speed in battle.

Monsters University, meanwhile, is based more on stealth and scaring around a campus setting as Mike and Sully compete with a rival school.

Finally, Pirates of the Caribbean's combat is focused on sword-fighting, and over half of the game will be based around a customisable ship that is used to explore new islands.


Playing through each Playset will unlock toys and gadgets that can be used in the sandbox Toy Box mode, which is an expansion on the ideas previously seen in developer Avalanche Software's own acclaimed Toy Story 3 game.

Toy Box allows players to freely mix and match franchises and gadgets. For example, Woody from Toy Story and Mr. Incredible can both make use of Buzz Lightyear's jetpack.

The Toy Box features a deep editing system to create full scale custom worlds made from elements of different Disney games, and similar to LittleBigPlanet, offers camera editing so players can create side-scrolling platformers and top-down racers.

The Toy Box also offers mission-like Adventures to help teach the basics of editing and sandbox play, and also supports online functionality to share and download worlds created by other players.

Disney Infinity

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Similar to Skylanders, a dedicated mat will allow players to import their characters through additional figurines and use them on a friend's game. It also supports small, physical discs to add additional toys, themes and gadgets at any time.

Over 20 figurines will be available on day one. While most of these will be revealed leading up to launch, trailers and gameplay videos suggest that characters from Cars, Wreck-It Ralph, Toy Story and Nightmare Before Christmas will make an appearance.

"Disney Infinity combines prominent Disney and Pixar characters and scenarios in a way that mimics how kids play in real life," said Avalanche Software's vice president and general manager John Blackburn.

"With our platform's unique gameplay mechanics and innovative approach to user generated content within the 'Toy Box' mode, Disney Infinity will spark imaginations and provide endless hours of fun and creativity."

Disney Infinity will be available on Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii and Wii U this summer, and on mobile and online platforms later in the year.

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