Last year, we had the chance to discuss Disney Infinity with Executive Producer, John Vignocchi, and last week, the opportunity presented itself once again. As you are already well aware, we are huge fans of Disney Infinity, and Mr. Vignocchi shares so much of our excitement and enthusiasm for the game.
The bulk of the conversation was centered on today’s (November 4, 2014) release of the “Disney Infinity 2.0 Toy Box Starter Pack”. We’ve been playing Disney Infinity 2.0 for a couple of months now, and flying around the environments with Marvel characters, has been so much fun. The new Disney Infinity release comes from the amazing world of Disney characters with a couple of characters everyone loves: Merida and Stitch.
“Disney Infinity 2.0 Toy Box Starter Pack” has two new toy box games included with the characters that are themed for Brave and Lilo and Stitch. For Stitch, there is “Stitch’s Tropical Rescue” which is a tower defense style of game. Any Disney character can play inside the game, and similarly to the Marvel Toy Box Games, once a level has been completed, you can access “Skirmish Mode” to bring the Marvel characters into the Lilo and Stich inspired world. For Merida, there is “Brave’s Forest Siege.” It has a dungeon crawler style of gameplay and includes an excellent story. If you’ve played some of the Marvel games in Disney Infinity 2.0, you already know how much fun some of those stories have been, and the Brave based story is similar in style and quality.
Besides the obvious fact that the new release has two great characters and a couple of new games included, one of things we really thought was great was the price point. At a suggested retail price of $59, it seems like a fantastic deal. You can grab a couple of characters, along with Disney Infinity 2.0 and the base all at the same time. If you already have Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes Toy Box Starter Pack, you are in luck as well. Both Merida and Stitch are individually available at $13.95. Likewise, if you decide to start your Disney Infinity journey with this new starter pack, you will have the ability to purchase the Avengers Play Set at a later date as well. They’ve got you covered regardless of which way you begin.
The new Disney Infinity 2.0 starter pack was not the only thing announced for release today. Disney Interactive also has released several additional Disney figures including Donald Duck, Tinker Bell, Maleficent (the contemporary version), Aladdin, along with a couple of new characters on the scene: Hiro and Baymax from the upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios film Big Hero 6 which hits theaters on Friday, November 7, 2014. The first wave of Disney themed Power Discs were also announced that will unlock a great deal of Disney related content.
We were able to get into a few things that were coming in the future for Disney Infinity 2.0. One of the interesting things we learned was that Disney Interactive has plans to support the Disney characters with custom created downloadable content via the Toy Box mentor team. As the Disney Infinity platform evolves, the Toy Box mentor team will create specific content for the characters inside the toy box mode that they can play. One example was an ode to the old Aladdin game that was on the Sega Genesis which Aladdin and Jasmine can play through. Sounds like they could have some really interesting things in the work and we’re certainly looking forward to seeing what they come up with for the Disney characters! In January, Disney Interactive is also planning to release Toy Box Game Disc Packs for those that don’t purchase both the Disney and Marvel starter packs. The games will be available in packs of 2 with one each for Marvel and Disney, and they are estimated to be available at $19.99. Mobile gamers are not left out of the equation with Disney Infinity 2.0. The iOS version will be coming in November, and will provide a number of exclusive digital characters. Likewise, a Playstation TV version will be coming soon.
Disney Interactive really seems to be concerned with giving all gamers access to the content they want, and we certainly appreciate their efforts in this area. They really love the Disney Infinity community. Every single time they get a character suggestion, feature, power disk, or idea, they discuss them with their team. They ran polls last year on social media, and some of the character decisions that are being made as the platform moves forward were actually taken from those results. They’ve even had conversations about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and other T.V. shows like Once Upon a Time. They are not suggesting they are currently working on any T.V. related content, but we really love that they take the time to discuss these suggestions. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Disney Infinity 2.0!