Disney and Hipster Whale Team Up for Crossy-Over

Crossy Road, launched by Australian developer Hipster Whale in November of 2014, was a runaway hit, garnering 50 million downloads in its first 90 days. Now Disney is getting in on the Frogger-inspired action.

Disney Games announced the collaboration on social media, with a teaser video showing a voxelised Mickey Mouse trying to dodge traffic.

“Move over Chicken, there are new road crossers in town! From Hipster Whale and Disney comes Disney Crossy Road — an all-new take on the 8-bit endless adventure to cross the road without splatting,” the video description reads.

The collaboration seems a strange one for Disney conceptually, as the game is predicated on characters being smooshed by cars. It seems a natural one for Hipster Whale, who breathed fresh life into Namco’s Pac-Man with Pac-Man 256.

According to Matt Hall, the game has been in development for around a year. Considering that Crossy Road only took 12 weeks to develop, he said, it felt unusual, but he was confident that the time was well spent.

“We never expected Crossy Road to get as big as it did, so we had to sort of fix it as we went,” he said. “We used this as an opportunity to fix everything that was wrong with Crossy Road. It’s going to be a better game.”

Only Mickey is shown in the trailer, so we don’t know how far into the world of Disney the new game will delve (as far as Star Wars? Princesses? Duck Tales?). However, there will be at least 100 Disney and Pixar characters, and nine Disney- and Pixar-themed environments with their own soundtracks, in addition to the standard Crossy Road world. Hall also confirmed that each of these worlds will have its own rules, and not all of them will involve the game’s ubiquitous cars and logs.

A launch date has also not yet been given, with the trailer only mentioning that the game is coming “soon.” However, interested players can follow the game’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for updates. If you already have Crossy Road, you can also now download an update with a free Mickey Mouse outfit for the chicken, inspired, Hall said, by the Mickey Mouses hidden around Disneyland.

The game will be released on iOS, Android, Windows Phone and the Amazon Appstore.


Disney Teams Up With Amazon & Microsoft

Disney Movies Anywhere

Disney has teamed up with Amazon and Microsoft so fans can watch Disney films through their cloud-based digital movie service.

The deals expand the number of ways in which people can watch Disney films. The company already has agreements in place with Vudu, Google Play and iTunes.

The service includes more than 450 digital movies.

The Walt Disney Co. said that U.S. customers of Amazon Video and Microsoft Movies & TV will now be able to connect to Disney Movies Anywhere starting Tuesday. The service will let users access Disney, Pixar, Marvel and “Star Wars” movies in various ways, including through the Disney Movies Anywhere app for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and for Amazon Fire tablets, Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Customers can also access and watch movies through the Amazon Video app for televisions, connected devices and mobile devicesand through the Microsoft Movies and TV service on Windows and Microsoft Xbox devices, as well as online.

The app will be available on Roku and Android TV starting Sept. 15.