GameStop: Disney Infinity "exceeding our expectations"

President Tony Bartel says Disney's just-released toys-to-life game "off to a very strong start."

Just-released toys-to-life game Disney Infinity has hit the ground running, according to major international retailer GameStop.

President Tony Bartel said today during an earnings call that Disney Infinity is "off to a very strong start, exceeding our expectations."

The success of Disney Infinity will have major implications for Disney Interactive's bottom line, Disney CEO Bob Iger said earlier this month.

"If Infinity does well, it bodes very well for the bottom line of this unit," Iger said in February. "If it doesn't do well, the opposite will be the case."

Disney Infinity reportedly cost $100 million to develop. An anonymous source told the Wall Street Journal last week that along with the budget comes an enormous pressure for the game to be a success.

"It's a Hail Mary with a tremendous amount of pressure to be a hit," the source said.

Though early checks may show Disney Infinity is off to a strong start, the game will need to continue to sell well to catch Activision's Skylanders series, which has minted over $1.5 billion in worldwide sales to date.

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KittenyBunny
KittenyBunny

Being as Disney alienated a huge portion of their paying subscribers, plus their families through the closure of Toon Town, Pixie Hollow and Pirates of the Caribbean Online, I'm not surprised the sales figures are so low.

Revl8n
Revl8n

Awesome game for kids. If you have kids and the Disney channel, there is no avoiding this purchase.

cgobeil
cgobeil

I absolutely love Disney Infinity on my Wii U!

grimwatch
grimwatch

The game and toys are selling well in the store where I work, (EB  in New Zealand), but the sheer momentum of Skylanders is still telling , with kids bypassing Infinity to look at the toys they've had their eyes on for months. That kind of juggernaught wont disappear overnight, although the fact that Swapforce will require an entirely new portal will probably have an impact. Personal opinion is that Infinity will 'win' this xmas, but it will be tight.

Also - "If Infinty does well, it bodes well for the bottom line of this unit - if it doesnt, then the opposite will be the case"... seriously? It takes a CEO to work that one out?

BlendThree
BlendThree

Not hating it as much as I expected to but it's still a far from perfect gaming experience IMO.. Lots of tedious tutorials, mini-games and collecting.  However, it's definitely more than just a Skylanders clone with Disney characters like I expected.

the13stuff
the13stuff

Fun game that I was pleasantly surprised by.

mario1028
mario1028

It's silly to note that it has to continue to sell well to catch Skylanders...how much of a head start has the latter had, exactly?

hystavito
hystavito

I was thinking about getting this for my sister's kids, but I'm worried about it being sort of incomplete unless you spend a lot of money to get all the extra characters and such.  Is the base game/kit good enough on it's own?

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

I got this game and it's not bad the pirates game play is good especially sailing the sea i'm on incredibles now and it's not bad either

Deftallica
Deftallica

This looks like a fun game and a neat concept, I just can't justify spending so much money on a single title.  The additional toys and such are currently priced a bit more than I'm willing to spend.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

I'm not surprised. They've essentially seen what works with Skylanders, and expanding upon it while adding the muscle of Disney. The character catalog alone could easily give Disney Infinity a leg up on Skylanders, since the vast majority of consumers are familiar with at least some of them.

We've all grown up with "the house that Mickey Mouse built", after all.

jpmorello2774
jpmorello2774

Just a heads up guys. Toys R Us has a buy 1 get 1 50% off deal. I bought 2 full games (one for my kids, other for my nephews) and a lot of play sets and companion packs. Only spent $210. I am only 4 figures short of the complete set. Haven't tried it out yet but will give one to my kids tonight.

Johnhostuk1
Johnhostuk1

They have my pre-order money, just cant wait for launch tomorrow in the UK

nurnberg
nurnberg

I am no analyst but I predict that similar "toy games" will become a big fad soon.

Coldpain
Coldpain

I love Disney Infinity. The Pirates of the Caribbean play set is AMAZING. They honestly could've made it its own standalone game.

At any rate it's definitely got me hyped for AC4: Black Flag.

ACMC85
ACMC85

It's $75 to start....well at least they are doing well.

notjustin
notjustin

and at 75 bucks they'll have made back there money in a mounth its sold out around here

notjustin
notjustin

they need to release princess for my girls scream for it.

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

My kids love the game, they are bored of skylanders

prime_l
prime_l

This article... Not really decent news... 20-odd comments so far.

Generic post about Xbox / PS trash talking, still not news... 1000+ comments. At least we know where the trolls are.


I really hope this idea doesn't take off. If they make a Marvel Comics game like this I'm screwed.. 

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

so what is it? you just make videos and pics with Disney characters or what? 

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

they are indeed surprised.....know they have to figure out what to do with the rest of the warehouses full of that junk. 

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

only digital is the future they said. no more game cases taking up space in you shelf they said. YEAH RIGHT!

caseysrodeo
caseysrodeo

There's no question it's going to do fantastic!

NightOfInsomnia
NightOfInsomnia

In other words, they're screwed if this doesn't do well.

caseysrodeo
caseysrodeo

Activision also spent an ungodly amount to develop and market skylanders. In my opinion thou after playing disney Infinity I wished I would have waited and saved my money. Disney Infinity rocks, not only does my 5 year old love the game, but as an adult at almost 50 I can't stop playing it. Another awesome thing about DI is u can preorder all the characters and playsets which helps save time and money. I dont have to drive all over to find the pieces to the game. Thank You Disney for making an amazing game. Besides my child an I can relate to the characters so much more than skylanders......

prime_l
prime_l

$1.5 billion? Those poor, poor parents...

Revl8n
Revl8n

It's better than anything Ballmer came up with.

BlendThree
BlendThree

@hystavito Yes the starter kit is all one would need for quite a while.  Possible even to never purchase anything else to stay entertained.  The game itself is quite massive.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

@nurnberg It's crazy, because the real money with these games are the figures themselves. It's essentially disc-locked content that goes for $10-$20 a pop.

Having experience with Skylanders, the toys remain difficult to find in stores (beyond the same handful).

cousinmerl
cousinmerl

@nurnberg its the excess of toys that will sell it.
I've seen kids at stores go mental after opening a moshi toy pack only to find a toy they already have.

I don't think crack has that bad withdrawal symptoms.

yep... I think this one will sell this christmas despite reviews.

KittenyBunny
KittenyBunny

@Coldpain  They had a standalone Pirate MMORPG, which they closed on September 19th, it had the potential to be far better than Infinity.

Zloth2
Zloth2

@notjustin But... but... I want my VINCENT robot from Black Hole!  Me first, me first!

caseysrodeo
caseysrodeo

The characters related to skylanders are amazing but, I must admit thou after about ten minutes of game play Im ready to move onto something else. Even with my 5 year old shes locked down and ready to play Disney Infinity......

mercifulACE82
mercifulACE82

@prime_l Well Disney owns marvel and talks are already in place for adding marvel locations and characters.....So you might want to lube up

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@prime_l Most gamers won't play this game since it's for kids.  Is this surprising or something?

caseysrodeo
caseysrodeo

Honeslty I believe the lack of comments are based upon the people that have children or the child inside of themselves that are sharing their comments or feelings about the game and the game play. There are other topics Im sure you can follow, call of duty, halo, etc,....this game is an interaction where adults and children can play together.

caseysrodeo
caseysrodeo

Check out youtube. There's lots of videos on the game itself.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@PETERAKO You're right, this is the best of both worlds - for the companies. Expensive starter kit, expensive add-ons, but without any bad PR, because the kids love the physical toys that are a part of the game. I'm not saying that kids are easily entertained, they can be awfully picky, but when you get their interest nothing can stop them (from getting their parents to buy it for them). Family friendly products is da sheet!

tjkraz
tjkraz

@caseysrodeo Ditto...I've spent more time than I should admit playing Disney Infinity both by myself and with my kids the last few days.  Retailer promos have certainly helped.  I got the half price playsets from Target, half price figure packs from Walmart, discounted Power Discs from TRU.  

Most of those add-ons are still boxed, waiting for a rainy day or Christmas.  For now, the base set plus a few extra figs and some Power Discs have provided hours of entertainment.  

caseysrodeo
caseysrodeo

You can preorder all the figures at gamestop, no extra driving around looking for pieces.....Exclusives speak for themselves. You can preorder those at any of the retailers..

Hurvl
Hurvl

@cousinmerl Reviews are NOTHING before the power of the Disney branded toys!!! For good or bad, the Call of Disney is too darn popular.

caseysrodeo
caseysrodeo

You know kids do grow up "physically" any way, Im almost 50 and Im still waiting to see what I want to be when I do grow up....lol.....while on the way I can play Disney infinity with my 5 year old....

prime_l
prime_l

@caseysrodeo You're probably right.


EDIT: With that said, I've just looked at the main page. Killer Inistinct, and articles about other games and news bits seem to only be getting 40 comments or so. Go to an Xbox or PS4 article however and its a blood bath.

caseysrodeo
caseysrodeo

No doubt, Im excited for the future of this game. It's interaction is amazing. Ive been playing with the pirates playset and the experience is breath taking. The characters talk and act like the characters from the movies,.......my heart skips a beat, there's no doubt Disney has really out done themselves this "time"......