Disney taking on Skylanders with Disney Infinity - Report
House of Mouse's "Toy Box" gets new name; Disney fansite suggests it will allow gamers to "beam" characters and worlds to game through physical tokens.
Disney's game division is hurting right now, but that could change if the company's next ambitious project proves successful. A new report suggests Disney is aiming to go head-to-head with Activision's Skylanders series with its new "Disney Infinity" game.
The project was first revealed in a New York Times article as "Toy Box." Disney fansite Stitch Kingdom posted a detailed entry on the game today, though it appears the story has been removed, as its URL now forwards to the site's homepage.
Videogamer got its eyes on the story before it was pulled, and reports that Disney Infinity will boast similar functionality to Skylanders. It will allow users to "beam" Disney characters and worlds to the game through physical "game tokens," the site says.
The report goes on to say that the game will utilize a "Disney Infinity reader" to achieve this. The technology is described as a "flat device upon which the game tokens are physically placed, connected to the device via USB or infrared in the case of the 3DS." In Activision's Skylanders games, this device is a "Portal of Power."
A Starter Pack for Disney Infinity will reportedly include three character tokens pulled from the company's movies. These include Sulley (Monsters Inc.), Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean), and Mr. Incredible (The Incredibles). Additional character tokens will be available after launch.
Disney Infinity is reportedly in development for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Wii, and 3DS.
Disney Interactive has distanced itself from console gaming in favor of the social place recently. Since 2010, the company canceled its Pirates of the Caribbean RPG, and closed Propaganda Games and Black Rock Studios. During that time, the company acquired social game maker Playdom for $563 million.
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