Disney Infinity producer downplays Skylanders similarities

Executive producer John Vignocchi says franchises are similar in that they have physical figures, but sameness stops there.

Disney Interative executive producer John Vignocchi has spoken out to downplay the similarities between Disney Infinity and Activision's Skylanders series. Speaking with Polygon, Vignocchi admitted some similarities do exist, but claimed that overall, Infinity is a unique game.

"There are similarities, in that we have figures, but the similarities stop there," Vignocchi said. "Infinity is intended to be a platform for all things Disney. The playsets inside of Infinity are new and original stories. They are open-world games."

Another significant differentiating factor, according to Vignocchi, is Disney Infinity's Toy Box mode, which allows gamers to make whatever they want.

"And then of course the Toy Box mode is more Minecraft-meets-LittleBigPlanet," he said. "It's something totally different where we allow kids to use their imagination and take our brands to build whatever they want."

When Disney Infinity launches in August, it will have much work to do to catch up with Activision's Skylanders series, which has minted more than $1 billion worldwide to date from the sale of over 100 million toys.

Activision is not worried about Disney's arrival in the toys-to-life market. The Call of Duty company said in January that it is unfazed by Disney's move and is well positioned to continue to be the genre market leader.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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38 comments
Apastron
Apastron

Disney Infinity producer downplays Skylanders similarities, points out that Minecraft and LittleBigPlanet also copied

stan_boyd
stan_boyd

Everyone claiming of this being a skylanders clone needs to look closer, yes they both have toys, but the games themselves are different. It like comparing CoD to Bioshock because they both have guns, or Zelda to Darksouls because they both have swords, or Mario Kart to Gran Turismo cause they both have cars. 

00LiteYear
00LiteYear

How can a game about creativity only have three playable characters?

I'll stick to LBP2 and probably buy the Incredibles and Pirates pack while I'm at it.

Daian
Daian

I'd complain about it being a ripoff but anything that takes money away from Kraptivison and its dark lord Kotick is ok in my book

thundercave01
thundercave01

''but sameness stops there''    sure........

svaubel
svaubel

"Not a clone"

Umm yeah right. You just want a piece of the game + toy merchandise pie Disney.

bijwmoc
bijwmoc

"It's not a rip off because it has our characters in it."

ILDC
ILDC

It was strange seeing Skylanders advertised on Disney Channel.

Aletunda
Aletunda

I haven't played skylander or intend to go out and spend money on the toys, but playing as all my favourite disney characters from growing up sounds like a lot of fun, we'll see how expensive these get and then I'll decide

TrueGB
TrueGB

"Oh, yeah! We ripped it off. Totally! No question about it. We're sheeping that sh*t."

Well, no, he'd never say anything like that.

tim1935
tim1935

I hope this is not the future of gaming...

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

I call Bravo Sierra on this.

I don't know how long Disney Infinity has been in the works, but you can't tell me that they didn't see how much money Skylanders was making and started salivating. 

What's funny is that Skylanders is probably the most obvious example of disc-locked content that has ever been seen in a game. All the characters are available on the disc, and we pay a premium of $10 to 'unlock' them. I guess the only reason people don't make a stink is because that 'unlock' comes in the form of a physical toy. It's actually pretty brilliant from a business standpoint.

Sorciere_basic
Sorciere_basic

Disney is going to do the same thing with Marvel and Lucasarts characters. Let the toy+game milking begin.

wexorian
wexorian

Poor lucasarts ...........

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

In other news, BP downplays Exxon and Shell motor fuel's similarities.

Even though they are nearly exactly the same and meant to sell mostly petrolium based products (gasoline, plastic action figures... it's all big oil, baby!)

woodyfr
woodyfr

Come on, we all know that Di$ney doesn't care about players but only about money. That's why they close every studio who can't make easy money, that's why they bought Marvel and Lucasfilm. When they saw how much Activision earned with Skylanders :

http://i.imgur.com/UBMsciF.jpg

kpolicoff
kpolicoff

Is it messed up that I wish I had kids just so I had a better reason to buy this when it comes out?

fyrflash1969
fyrflash1969

@stan_boyd Your argument is horrible.  Both games have cartoon graphics, both are 3rd person games with platforming, both are targeted at the same audience..  People are not comparing them just because they have toys.. my tomb raider came with a toy..  If you dont believe this this is a cash in attempt by Disney on Skylanders, you are in denial.  If this was a toy portal activated RPG running a dungeons and dragons game, it would be uber cool and your argument would be valid, but its not.

Triplevengeance
Triplevengeance

@00LiteYear You do realize, if you had any sense at all, that there will be a whole lot more than just 3 playable characters right?

stan_boyd
stan_boyd

@fyrflash1969 @stan_boyd Oh I did not realize skylanders was a creation game where you create your own worlds and games. Oh wait its not so therefore this is more that just a ripoff of skylanders. Yes it uses the same toy idea as skylanders and yes its a cash grab, but the game itself is entirely different. 

00LiteYear
00LiteYear

@Triplevengeance You do realize that, besides the three playable characters, the rest will be DLC, right? Get your facts together.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

@unreal_master @kpolicoff Right? I bought Skylanders for myself, and had a blast playing with my older sister. It brought back memories of those classic games where you play with animal characters (Sonic, Spyro, Crash, etc.). 

00LiteYear
00LiteYear

@Triplevengeance I don't know what games you've played, but clearly if you buy a fighting game with 40 characters and are told you must purchase half of them because they are locked, does that still make 40 playable characters? It makes 20 playable characters and 20 extras in case the player is bored.

Triplevengeance
Triplevengeance

@00LiteYear @Triplevengeance I don't mean to 'disrespect' your opinion of the game, I'm just pointing out something you said in your post, "only have three playable characters." I was only telling you there will not be 'only three' playable characters. Sure you can buy all the other ones, does that not make them 'playable' in you book?

Hurvl
Hurvl

@FAIL_TR0LL Perhaps because it got warm in your bed (you know - summer is coming! ) and you took them off without remembering it afterwards. It depends on how easy your pants slide down. 

On topic, the two games are in the same genre, using the same gimmick with plastic toys, but I got to praise Disney for implementing kind-of-mod-tools with the Toy Box mode. Mods/customization rule.