A new trailer for the upcoming Disney Infinity game has recently been posted to the Disney Infinity YouTube channel. The trailer highlights Disney Infinity’s “Toy Box” mode, which allows players to “build and customize their own unique virtual world using their favorite characters, vehicles, settings and accessories” and “to share these unique creations…with friends both online and off.”
The “Toy Box” is just one of the features of the upcoming Disney Infinity game, which is now scheduled to be released on August 18 on all major gaming platforms. The game also includes a “Play Set” mode where “players will solve challenging puzzles, battle enemies and explore iconic locations from famous Disney properties, while collecting unique characters, vehicles, and gadgets from each world” that can be saved to the player’s virtual Toy Box. The Play Sets available in the game are determined by the collectible interactive pieces which the player has. Using a similar approach to the popular Skylanders game series, Disney Infinity requires collectible character figures which are placed on a sensor base that will then open up new worlds of play in the game. Included in the Disney Infinity starter pack are three collectible character figures and, therefore, the three worlds where these characters reside: Sulley from Monsters, Inc. and the upcoming Monsters University, Mr. Incredible from The Incredibles and Captain Jack Sparrow from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean live-action film series.
What does any of this have to do with animation? Well, characters from films created by Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios and the worlds these animated characters reside in are a critical part of the game play and design. A unique design aesthetic for the game has been created that keeps the integrity of the characters and their worlds while making them instantly identifiable as part of the Disney Infinity game. And what about the supposed “no-no” of inappropriately merging characters and worlds from different Disney and Pixar films? John Lasseter, Chief Creative Office of both Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios was at Disney Infinity’s media launch in January and has publicly given the game his blessing. (It also sounds like the game designers have wisely consulted with him as they have been progressing with the game’s development.)
Check out this interesting interview John gave to GameTrailers.com at the January press event. The interview includes more screen shots of the Disney Infinity game as well as insights from John Lasseter about the game’s design (and make sure to check out his awesome Wreck-It Ralph shirt).