Earlier today, Disney Interactive pulled back the curtains on what it has dubbed its most ambitious gaming initiative yet: Disney Infinity, an “interactive platform” in development for PCs and consoles.
Like Activision’s popular Skylanders franchise, Disney Infinity is a unique adventure game that interacts, via an included peripheral, with special Disney-themed figurines, which fans will be able to purchase separately once the title is released. Rather than transporting these characters into the same game world, however, Disney Infinity will feature a number of different “play sets”– dedicated campaigns based on the corresponding film– for players to explore depending on which figure they place on the peripheral. Three of these sets– Pirates of the Caribbean, Monsters University, and The Incredibles— will be available right at launch, while a number of different ones, including The Nightmare Before Christmas and Phineas and Ferb, have been hinted at by the development team (though it’s uncertain when these will be available to purchase).
What really sets Disney Infinity apart from Skylanders, however, is its dedicated Toy Box mode, a fully customizable world that’s almost akin to Minecraft in its scope and versatility. Unlike the regular play sets, the Toy Box is devoid of any specific film-related themes, so players can bring any of the characters they’ve unlocked into the world to play with. Toy Box also allows up to four people to gather together, whether locally or online, to customize its layout and properties.
Disney Infinity will be hitting all major platforms, including Wii, Wii U, and 3DS, this June. We’ll have a more detailed look at the game up in the coming days. In the meantime, you can view the full announcement trailer below.