Here’s a question: What do Sully, Mr. Incredible, and Captain Jack Sparrow have in common?
Answer: Not a whole lot, but Disney intends to fix that.
Slated to launch in June 2013, Disney Infinity plans on taking the action figure experience to… well, to infinity and beyond, to use Buzz Lightyear’s tagline. The venture, scheduled to release on all major consoles, largely looks to be a Skylanders clone, with one key difference: Spyro doesn’t have the recognition (or the massive marketing dollar) of Disney.
The starter kit will include an Infinity base, three starter figures, a landmark piece, and a power coin. The character figures can open up their own game worlds, such as pulling pranks with Sully and Mike Wazowski in Monstropolis, or saving the world with The Incredibles in Metroville. While these single-world adventures will provide hours of entertainment, according to Disney material, it’s the “Toy Box Mode” that’s receiving the biggest push, which will allow players to combine characters and worlds that normally wouldn’t be seen together, such as Sally Carrera and Syndrome, or Jack Sparrow, Jack Skellington, and Jack-Jack.
“It’s really cool that Disney actually allowed us to combine all of these great properties and characters together in this unique way for the first time,” said Studio Vice President and General Manager of Avalanche Software John Blackburn in an interview with Disney Insider. “In this interactive world we call Toy Box, players can combine different characters with different powers in a way that’s really fun. You can have characters that come from different properties interacting in worlds that look like crazy mash-ups of things that you would never expect together.”
No retail prices have been set as of publishing. Though a full list of characters hasn’t been set, Disney has given a sneak peek into the world of Infinity via their Youtube page.