Disney Infinity executive producer John Vignocchi has explained to Videogamer that some future Disney Infinity content will be on disc from the get-go. He also confirmed that Disney Infinity will see a yearly release with new entries including the following 12 months' worth of content. This means some of this sensitive data could be exposed by hackers.
"That's something that we've made the film-makers aware of," Vignocchi said. "There's absolute potential that people are going to see characters prior to their PR campaigns kicking off if someone does that, but we're hoping that isn't something that is widespread reported because then people are going to start looking for it, and it's going to ruin the magic for the consumer."
This may sound like a serious risk for Disney, but according to Vignocchi, the limiting nature of current-generation consoles has forced it to become reality.
"In the future, as we move on to new versions of consoles we're going to be able to digitally deliver that content, and the figurines themselves will simply be dongles that allow us to then instantiate a download of that content," he said. "But given the current generation of consoles, the content needs to be on the disc. But in the future we'll be able to push all that digitally so we don't run into that problem."
Disney Infinity is currently in development at Avalanche Software (Toy Story 3, Cars 2). It is due for release this June for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Wii, Wii U, and 3DS. Similar to Activision's Skylanders series, Disney Infinity is a new "toys to life" game that uses physical toys to access digital content.
Activision is unfazed by Disney Infinity, saying it plans to remain the genre's market leader.