Characters from "Monsters University" in the video game "Disney Infinity." (Walt Disney Company)Link
The "Toy Box" feature in the video game "Disney Infinity" allows characters from different Disney movies to interact. (Walt Disney Company)Link
Characters from "Pirates of the Caribbean" in the video game "Disney Infinity." (Walt Disney Company)Link
Capt. Jack Sparrow just booked a return voyage to the multiplex – a fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie is set for release in 2015. He’s also about to journey back into the world of video games as part of “Disney Infinity,” an ambitious project launching in June for Nintendo Wii, Wii U, 3DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC and mobile.
The “Disney Infinity” announcement trailer (watch it below) was released Tuesday, giving fans a first glimpse at the highly anticipated title from developer Avalanche Software.
The upcoming release features Disney character figurines that can be “transported” into the game. If the concept sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the same model as “Skylanders,” the video game franchise featuring figurines of giants, monsters, robots and more, which are plugged into a “portal” that transports the characters into the game.
The toys themselves store the player’s game progress and settings.
The toys-as-characters concept proved massively successful for the “Skylanders” franchise, which has raked in more than $500 million in the U.S. alone, according to Activision.
“Disney Infinity,” however, aims to make use of its cast of already-familiar characters.
The game will ship with playsets from “Monsters University,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “The Incredibles,” with each figurine containing its own complete story.
Additionally, players can take characters to a “Toy Box” mode — a sandbox in which gamers can build their own worlds and share them with others, much like the games in Sony’s “LittleBigPlanet” franchise.
Check out the trailer and the game images in the gallery above, and let us know what you think in the comments.
[For the record, Jan. 18, 2012: A previous version of this post incorrectly named Avalanche Studios as the developer of "Disney Infinity." Avalanche Software developed the game.]
– Noelene Clark
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