Earlier today, Disney Interactive announced a new online video series, Disney Infinity Next, which is designed to share upcoming plans for Disney Infinity, with some behind-the-scenes looks into as well.
Here is the first video released for Disney Infinity Next:
- In 2016, Disney Infinity is shifting its development strategy. Now that all of the company’s brands have been introduced to the platform, the 2016 focus is on adding more Play Sets and characters to the 3.0 Edition.
- The 2016 slate will include four new Play Sets, one from each of the four key brands: Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars. It will also include additional characters from the biggest events across the company, starting with the just-announced Baloo from “The Jungle Book.”
- The first 2016 Play Set to launch is Marvel Battlegrounds, and we announced new playable characters for the Play Set – Black Panther, Ant-Man and Vision, and also premiered a brand new gameplay trailer showcasing their moves and abilities, which can be viewed here:
For those of you who want to read the details in it’s entirety from the first video:
2015 – The Force Was Strong with Disney Infinity
Disney Infinity had an amazing 2015 thanks to our incredible fans old and new. The 3.0 Edition welcomed Star Wars™ to Disney Infinity and let us finish setting the stage for the platform. Since the franchise launched in 2013, we’ve always said Disney Infinity was a platform for all things Disney. The inclusion of Star Wars letsDisney Infinity feature stories and characters from the world’s biggest brands across The Walt Disney Company: Disney, Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars as it moves forward. We can’t wait to show you what’s coming.
We all pour our hearts and souls into Disney Infinity to make sure the game you play is the best it can be because our fans deserve nothing less. This year, we believe we raised the bar with the 3.0 version of our game, and we’re truly humbled to see that hard work and the support of our fans pay off as we hit another very important milestone for the franchise: Disney Infinity was, for the second year in a row, the No. 1 game in the toys-to-life category for 2015.
Continued support through 2016 – More of EVERYTHING!
We value our fans and your feedback, and we’ve heard your requests to extend the life of our Starter Packs loud and clear. You’ve asked for a wider variety of content, across a wide variety of brands with each Play Set, and that’s what we’re committed to delivering. So, in 2016, we are focusing our development efforts on adding more Play Sets and characters – based on the biggest events coming from Disney this year – to the 3.0 Edition. In other words, if it’s happening at The Walt Disney Company, it’s happening inside Disney Infinity.
Specifically, we plan to release four new Play Sets that are compatible with Disney Infinity 3.0 in 2016. While more details for each of those will be announced throughout the year – so you’ll want to keep an eye on future Disney Infinity Next webcasts – you can expect these to come from the four core brands at The Walt Disney Company: Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars. These new Play Sets will ensure that Disney Infinity 3.0 has the largest collection of content ever released inside a Disney video game.
These additions begin today as we welcome Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde from the world of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Zootopia. These new characters from the upcoming movie, plus four new Power Discs, are now available in stores worldwide. We spoke with the directors of the movie to share their vision behind bringing Judy and Nick as playable characters in Disney Infinity, which you can catch inside the clip.
Not long after Zootopia comes to theaters on March 4, Jon Favreau’s live-action remake of the classic Disney animated film, The Jungle Book will open. To mark the occasion, we wanted to go back into the Disney vaults and celebrate the animated classics that started it all by bringing Baloo, one of our favorite characters, into the game.
Baloo represents another instance where your feedback makes a difference. We’ve heard fans have been asking for more classic Disney animated characters, and it’s always on our minds as we move forward with Disney Infinity. The upcoming film was the perfect occasion to follow through on those requests and bring a beloved Disney character in Disney Infinity 3.0.
We also offered a deep look inside the development and gameplay of the upcoming Marvel Play Set, Marvel Battlegrounds. For this Play Set, we worked closely with the amazing team at Marvel to develop an original story, while partnering with our friends at United Front Games on the development. With this Play Set, we are introducing four-player local co-op gameplay to Disney Infinity, which we think is a perfect fit for the arcade, brawler gameplay featured in Marvel Battlegrounds.
Today we announced that three brand new iconic characters will be joining Captain America – The First Avenger, Hulkbuster and Ultron in the fray of Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains: Black Panther, Ant-Man and Vision – with more on the way. The new line-up of characters includes costumes inspired by the upcoming film “Captain America: Civil War,” releasing in theaters May 6, 2016.
We also want to point out that Black Suit Spider-Man will be released as an individual character. Originally only available with the PlayStation Vita® version of Disney Infinity 2.0, we heard your requests to have him released as a stand-alone figure, and we have done just that so fans will be able to use him on their favorite platform of choice.
Black Suit Spider-Man is just one of the 2.0 characters you’ll be able to use in Marvel Battlegrounds, which supports all of the Marvel characters previously introduced in Disney Infinity. This feature gives Marvel Battlegrounds the most playable characters than any previous Disney Infinity Play Set.
We hope that you enjoyed this first episode of Disney Infinity Next. The team is hard at work on the second episode of Disney Infinity Next, which will be released in the coming months when we’ll have more news to share from our friends at Pixar.
Until then follow our social feeds on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram and check out Toy Box TV on YouTube or the El Capitan in the Disney Infinity 3.0Toy Box Hub to keep up with Allison Petrek and John Vignocchi. And, of course, always let us know your thoughts and comments via social media using #DisneyInfinityNEXT.
If you can dream it, you can do it!
I myself am VERY much looking forward to Marvel Battlegrounds, which is coming up quite soon and REALLY looking forward to watching more of Disney Infinity Next. Very happy where they’ve stemmed off from the game and how well the community. It’s come a long way since Disney Infinity started in 2013 and there are no signs of it slowing down any time soon.