If that headline is giving you Skylanders flashbacks, that’s by design. Disney’s latest game project, Disney Infinity, combines toys and video games in a way that is very reminiscent of Activision’s cash cow.
Announced today at a press conference in Los Angeles, Disney Infinity will bring Disney’s massive stable of characters together in a way that you normally wouldn’t see outside of Disney World.
In development for the 3DS, PS3, Wii, Wii U, and Xbox 360, every copy of Disney Infinity will include three figures: Captain Jack Sparrow, Sulley, and Mr. Incredible. The three characters will be able to experience their own separate adventures within Disney Infinity, but the real draw of the game is Toy Box Mode.
In Toy Box Mode, the three figures (along with additional figures, which are available to buy separately) can be mixed together in a game of your own creation:
[C]reate your own world! Unlock virtual toys, characters, buildings, weapons, gadgets and more — and bring them into the Disney Infinity ‘Toy Box’ where you can mix them all up to create your own game. In the Disney Infinity Toy Box, there are no rules and you can create any adventure you want. Share your creations with your friends with up to 4-player co-op play.
Disney Infinity will be available this Summer, but a countdown clock on the game’s official site expires on June 1. So I’m thinking “early Summer” instead of “late Summer.”