Well, this was only a matter of time.
I’ve never played Disney Infinity but, damn, a whole lot of other (mostly young) people have. It’s a open-world video game filled with Disney characters. The twist is that you unlock each character by purchasing a real-world statue of that character at your local toy/game shop. So when you pick up the Woody figure at GameStop, you then can play as Woody in the game.
If you’re more interesting in playing as, say, Iron Man or Thor then I’ve got some good news for you.
As you know, Disney owns Marvel so it’s no surprise to hear that the Marvel heroes we know and love are making their way to Disney Infinity. The video below, which Disney debuted today, shows that all The Avengers will be playable in the new version of the game debuting this Fall.
This game is a no brainer for Disney and will be a huge, huge, huge moneymaker. This is the exact type of thing Disney was thinking of when it bought Marvel a few years ago. Yeah, they are making billions off the movies but it’s the merchandising that makes this pot so much sweeter.
Here’s Peter Phillips, EVP and General Manager, Interactive & Digital Distribution at Marvel Entertainment:
“The 2.0 edition will allow Marvel fans around the world to interact with their favorite Marvel Super Heroes in entirely new ways, including compelling gameplay and a new line of collectible interactive figures.”
If the idea alone didn’t sell you, here’s the video that made many a-mouths water:
I’ve also included the press release below in case you really, really, really need to be sold.
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes will crash into video game and toy stores this Fall. You better believe it’ll be one of the hottest gifts of the holiday season.
Today, Disney Interactive and Marvel Entertainment confirmed that the world’s most iconic Super Heroes are assembling for Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes – the 2.0 edition of the #1 best-selling new hybrid toy / video game of 2013, according to the NPD Group’s video games retail sales data.
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes features more than 20 new interactive figures from across the Marvel universe, original storylines penned by award-wining Marvel comic writer Brian Michael Bendis, and an all-new Toy Box mode that makes it easier for players to create and share their one-of-a-kind levels and mini-games with family and friends. In addition, all characters and power discs from last year’s release of Disney Infinity will be compatible with the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Toy Box.
“Disney Infinity was, from the start, built to be an interactive experience where players could bring together their favorite Disney characters and stories to create new Disney memories. With the introduction of Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, we’re ushering in a new chapter of adventures, featuring a cast of the world’s most popular Super Heroes,” said Jimmy Pitaro, President of Disney Interactive. “Bringing popular and iconic Marvel characters to the Disney Infinity platform truly takes this game to the next level.”
“We’ve worked closely with the Disney Interactive team to deliver an incredible line-up of Marvel characters and great storytelling for the next chapter of Disney Infinity,” said Peter Phillips, EVP and General Manager, Interactive & Digital Distribution at Marvel Entertainment. “The 2.0 edition will allow Marvel fans around the world to interact with their favorite Marvel Super Heroes in entirely new ways, including compelling gameplay and a new line of collectible interactive figures.”
The Avengers’ Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, Captain America, Hulk and Hawkeye will debut when the game launches this fall, along with additional Play Sets and characters from other popular Marvel and Disney franchises, which will be announced in the coming months. Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes will be available for the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Wii U™ system from Nintendo, PC and iOS tablets and smart phones.
“Marvel Super Heroes fit perfectly into Disney Infinity, and with them we are pushing the platform’s limits of creativity and imagination,” said John Blackburn, VP and General Manager of Avalanche Software. “We’ve enhanced and redesigned the gameplay to match the Marvel characters, while also making it easier than ever for players to express and share their own creativity.”