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Disney Interactive is looking to cash in on the kids who love the Skylanders approach to gaming: using real-life action figures to help fuel in-game progression. Bridging toys with gameplay, Disney Infinity enables consumers to buy figurines and figurine bases and when played in connection with the game, it unlocks new missions, playable characters and in-game content.
The announcement for Disney Infinity came via a massive press conference with tons of video footage and details released for the product. The game will initially cost $75 as an entry point and will sport the roll-out of Disney-related figures for just over $10 a pop. The base that you'll see in the video can also be exchanged for bigger and better figurine bases that offer special power-ups and abilities.
The game is set for release on June 18th for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Wii U and later for iOS.
There will be some measure of customization available including tossing buildings here and there and making some modifications to the townsfolk in each scenario.
It's a little like Lego Universe but it doesn't seem to be promoted as an MMO, despite the play-style, questing and theme-park setup seeming quite similar to that of an MMO. There is some light platforming, some melee combat and vertical scaling present just like Cryptic's Champions Online, which is what the gameplay seems to closest resemble.
Given Activision's $500 million success with Spyro's Skylanders, I don't doubt that Disney Infinity could find an audience. You can learn more by visiting the Official Website.