Ahead of its release later this summer and on the occasion of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) taking over the Los Angeles Convention Center this week, Disney Interactive has unveiled a new trailer for its Skylanders-esque Disney Infinity.
Like Activision’s successful Skylanders series, Disney Infinity comes with real-life toys that a player can see ‘transported’ into the game through a special base connected to his or her console. Each character has its own Play Set, a gaming world based on the film they originated from.
But it’s the Disney Infinity Toy Box mode that really makes things interesting. Here, users can create new worlds and game modes to play and share with others. These creations span all genres of gameplay, as well as characters and storylines from both Disney and Pixar’s back catalogues.
The newly released E3 trailer for the game shows how creative Toy Box mode can get and, to highlight the wacky combinations made possible by the game, executive producer John Vignocchi rolled up to the Disney Infinity booth at E3 in Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage fitted with monster truck wheels.
As you may have already guessed, Disney Infinity is so-called because the possibilities of gameplay are endless, thanks to the creative Toy Box mode. What also seems to be infinite is Disney’s potential to continue earning money from this concept, as each new film from Disney or Pixar will generate new characters, new Play Sets and new sales.
The Disney Infinity starter pack (available for pre-order, with prices starting at €69.99) comes with the game disc, base and three figures: Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, Mr Incredible from The Incredibles, and the younger version of hairy blue beastie Sulley from the forthcoming Monsters University.
Additional figures will be sold separately (in individual packs at about €14.99 or multi-packs from €39.99), and this selection already includes Tonto and the Lone Ranger from the upcoming live-action film The Lone Ranger.
Each figure comes with a Play Set based on their films and starter pack owners will also get unique codes to unlock online content, plus their first Power Disc.
Power Discs contain new textures, weapons and vehicles that can be added to the Toy Box and will be sold separately in lucky dip two-packs where users won’t know what they’ve got until they open them up. This will foster a culture of trading discs among friends – yet another way to keep the young ‘uns interested.
Players can also unlock content for the Toy Box by exploring the worlds of the Play Sets.
Disney Infinity will launch on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U and PC on 18 August.