Earlier this week, Disney officially announced their cross platform open world adventure game called ‘Disney Infinity’ that will feature worlds, items, and characters from some of the most beloved Disney films such as ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, ‘The Muppets’, ‘Toy Story’, ‘Aladdin’, ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’, and much more. In this game, every character from every movie in the Mouse’s extensive library could potentially interact and create a gaming experience unlike any before. Well, since Disney acquired two huge properties in Marvel and Lucasfilms recently, then wouldn’t it make sense to include their characters in the game as well?
According to Polygon, Avalanche Software CEO John Blackburn hopes that the heroes of the Marvel Universe and the inhabitants of George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away could make an appearance in ‘Disney Infinity’ one day. Since the game is meant to grow over time with new content, it would only make sense to add more characters as Disney acquires or creates them. When the possibility of The Avengers or Luke Skywalker joining the game came up, Blackburn said:
“As a developer, I so want that. When Disney bought Lucasfilms, I was like, ‘Holy crap! This is awesome!’ But at this point in time, there’s been some discussions about that, there’s just been no decisions made.”
He continued to say that when it comes to who or what should be added to the game, it all comes down to whom or what the people want that could enhance the gaming experience:
“The idea that we usually try to get to is ‘What do people love?’. What kind of properties are most game-able? If there’s a gameplay mechanic that adds significantly to that mash-up experience in the Toy Box, we love those properties, and will bring that into the game.”
As the CEO mentions in his quotes, the concept for ‘Disney Infinity’ calls for a mash-up of all things Disney, so all the properties that fall under that banner such as The Muppets, ‘Star Wars’, Marvel, and Pixar should be involved in one way or another. In the case for Marvel and Lucasfilms specifically, they could add to the collectability aspect that the developers are hoping to achieve with this game and the corresponding toys that come with it. Both fandoms are accustomed to collecting memorabilia and incentive covers and limited edition runs of some product, so from a business standpoint, sales could potentially increase greatly if those two properties were worked in somehow.
While the important people make the calls about what to and what not to include in the game, the first wave of ‘Disney Infinity’ is set to launch in June for Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, PC, PS3, and even mobile devices.
Would you like to see Captain America and Luke Skywalker fight alongside Captain Jack Sparrow, Buzz Lightyear, Wreck-It Ralph, and all the other characters in ‘Disney Infinity’? Share your thoughts in the comments below!