Disney Infinity Releases Timetable for Shutdown

According to an email sent to all Toy Box builders today, Disney Infinity’s servers will be shutdown on March 3, 2017.

Since announcing the discontinuation of production on Disney Infinity, the team has been exploring timelines for the closure of the game’s online versions and community features. The goal has been to offer extended access to these services, while also providing clear communication about what players can expect. It’s important to note that:

  • The console versions of Disney Infinity will continue to operate as usual with full access to figures and play sets only with the exception of community content features and online multiplayer
  • Until September 30, 2016, Community Content will still be available and players will be able to upload and download any of their favorite Toy Box creations

The email outlines the plans for the three different iterations of Disney Infinity across all platforms, including when certain online functionality will cease for each.

Here’s a full rundown of what’s happening with Disney Infinity, straight from Disney Interactive, over the next eight months.

July 29, 2016

  • No in-game purchases can be made within the PC, Steam version of Disney Infinity 2.0, iOS, Google Android, Amazon Android and Apple TV versions of the game as this feature has now been removed
  • You can continue to make in-game purchases within the Steam version of Disney Infinity 3.0.

Sept. 30, 2016

  • You will no longer be able to log in to play the PC, iOS, Google Android and Amazon Android versions of Disney Infinity, these will no longer be available on the respective app stores
  • The Steam versions of Disney Infinity 2.0 & 3.0 will remain operational with the exception of all online services and community features as these will be discontinued
  • Apple TV versions of Disney Infinity will be removed from the AppStore
  • The Disney Infinity Community team will no longer be reviewing or approving any new Toy Boxes that are submitted to Disney for all console, mobile and PC versions of the game. However if you are playing on any console, Apple TV or Windows 8/10 versions of the game, you can continue to download your favorite Toy Boxes from the Community Content section until March 3, 2017

Jan. 3, 2017

  • No in-game purchases can be made within the Windows 8/10 versions of the game as this feature will be removed

March 3, 2017

  • Apple TV and Windows 8/10 versions will no longer be available, supported or playable
  • All Disney Infinity online services and community features for all versions will be discontinued

More details on the closure of Disney Infinity’s online services is available at the company’s support website.

 

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Disney Interactive Discontinues Disney Infinity

Disney Interactive has just announced that it’s pulling the plug on the Infinity line and is exiting the self-publishing console games business altogether. Doing so has resulted in a $147 million charge in the Walt Disney Company’s Q2 2016 earnings. Back in March, Disney signaled it would slow development of the “toys-to-life” game which first launched in 2013, but gave no indication it planned to walk away from the series entirely.

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Senior VP John Blackburn stated on Disney Interactive’s website:

“Our goal for Disney Infinity was to bring the best of Disney storytelling to life in homes around the world, and with your support we accomplished that. We hope you had as much fun playing the game as we had making it.

So what’s next for Disney Infinity? We have two final retail releases coming, including three new characters from Alice Through the Looking Glass later this month, and the Finding Dory Play Set launching in June.

And as we turn to the next chapter in our story, I want to thank everyone who helped bring Disney Infinity to life, particularly Disney’s Glendale-based production and publishing teams, our external development partners, and of course the incredible Avalanche team for their tireless dedication to this project.

But most of all, I want to again thank you for making Disney Infinity a part of your lives—and for adding to the Disney legacy by being a part of this community.”

Disney Infinity has seen major new releases each year, introducing popular characters from Disney / Pixar films, the Marvel universe, and most recently integrating Star Wars characters in Disney Infinity 3.0. Only a month ago, Disney had pledged to make the3.0 title its “biggest game ever” through upcoming downloadable content — a way to make up for the lack of a completely new version 4.0. Well, it seems that’s no longer the plan.

Disney Infinity Comes To Apple TV Along With A “Stars Wars” Themed Play Set

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The Apple TV is getting a notable new game today. This morning, Disney announced the launch of its highly anticipated Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition for Apple TV. This “toys-to-life” gaming platform from Disney allows players to use real-world interactive figures to activate original storylines in virtual worlds. This latest edition follows other popular launches like the Marvel Super Heroes release last year and the August release of 3.0 itself.

As an Apple TV starter pack, the new set includes a SteelSeries Nimbus Wireless Controller and a black Bluetooth Disney Infinity Base, as well as the “Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic” Play Set piece, with Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano figures.

For those who purchased earlier Disney Infinity editions, the company notes that all the figures and Power Discs from the 1.0 and 2.0 releases will be fully compatible with the new Apple TV version of the game.

In addition, thanks to the Apple TV’s support for third-party controllers, the Nimbus Wireless Controller has been configured to work with the new streaming media player hardware, while still allowing users to play the game as intended, the company says.

According to Sean Patton, Senior Producer for Disney Infinity mobile, the company took care to make sure its controller works well with the Apple TV hardware. “One of the cool things about it is that, like our reader, it’s bluetooth. And the performance on that is really good – it’s very responsive,” he says.

Also of note, the readers for the gaming consoles are wired, which makes them hard to pull out and put away – that’s not great for children, either. The Bluetooth pad is a big improvement, and one that’s available on Apple TV first.

Alongside the launch of the box set itself, players will be able to download the Disney Infinity 3.0 app from the App Store, which allows them to experience the Battle of Yavin from “Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope.” This allows those who are curious about the Disney Infinity universe to play a version of the game without having to invest in the physical hardware, but could help to convert them to that larger platform in the future.

While Disney doesn’t talk about the number of gamers on Disney Infinity’s platform, Patton could point to the sizable amount of content those gamers have created.

“We have hundreds of thousands of levels that have been created [by players] across all three versions of the game,” he says, adding that the range of Infinity titles can span demographic groups, too. In other words, it’s not just for kids. In part, this is thanks to the mainstream appeal of Disney-owned franchises like Marvel and Star Wars.

With Apple TV, Disney Infinity Can Reach A Broader Demographic 

Prior to today, Disney Infinity was available on gaming platforms like Sony’s Playstation 3 and 4, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and Nintendo Wii U. It also recently became available on digital platforms, like iOS and Android, as well as on PC and Steam – moves that represent Disney’s interest in making this gaming universe something that appeals to a wider range of gamers.

Related to this, for many new Apple TV owners, the Apple TV App Store will introduce them to big-screened gaming for the first time.

“Apple TV represents an incredible opportunity for us to bring Disney Infinity to a new audience of players who may not have a game console in their household,” said John Blackburn, SVP and GM, Disney Infinity.

Disney Infinity 3.0 on Apple TV could also help boost Disney Interactive’s revenue, which has been in decline. At the close of Q4, Interactive revenues decreased by $15 million to $347 million, while operating income increased $13 million to $31 million. But the latter was due to higher Disney Infinity sales, thanks to the release of Infinity 3.0 on August 30, the company said. And with a new Star Wars-branded set coming out on Apple TV, the potential for another sales boost is there again.

This first Apple TV release, then, is only the start. Patton says the company is already planning more Disney Infinity experiences for the Apple TV App Store, including the release of a “Force Awakens” set in December, and “Marvel Battlegrounds,” which will work with all platforms, including Apple TV.

The new starter pack will be sold for $99 at U.S. Apple Stores nationwide, including retail locations and online, beginning today. It will later become more broadly distributed.

Originally Published on TechCrunch

Disney Infinity 3.0 Release Date Announced

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Disney Interactive on Wednesday announced the release date for its upcoming toys-to-life game Disney Infinity 3.0, the latest installment in the popular franchise. The game, which includes Star Wars characters in its Starter Pack, will debut in North America on August 30 for consoles, PC, and mobile.

The new Starter Pack, which will sell for $65, comes with the Star Wars Twlight of the Republic Play Set, the Disney Infinity 3.0 Base, Ahsoka Tano and Anakin Skywalker figures, and a code that unlocks even more content for PC and mobile.

All previously released Disney Infinity figures for past games are compatible with Disney Infinity 3.0 and the new Toy Box.

The following play sets and more, with descriptions courtesy of Disney, will also be available at launch:

  • Star Wars Twilight of the Republic Play Set (Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano figures included) for players who choose to digitally download the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition software; additional standalone figures (Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi) and Power Disc Pack
  • Star Wars Rebels figures (Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger, Sabine Wren, and Zeb Orrelios)
  • Star Wars Saga Starter Pack
  • Disney Pixar’s Inside Out Play Set (Joy and Anger figures included) and additional standalone figures (Sadness, Disgust, and Fear)
  • Disney figures (Mickey, Minnie, Mulan, Olaf, Sam Flynn, and Quorra)
  • Tomorrowland Power Disc Pack

In addition, Disney said even more play sets and figures will be made available in the fall.

Disney has also announced that everyone who preorders Disney Infinity 3.0 at retail will receive an early copy of Toy Box Takeover, an expansion to the Toy Box mode, for free. This multiplayer mode lets players combine the game’s various characters, including those from Star Wars, Marvel, Disney, and Pixar.

What’s more, Disney announced that another Toy Box expansion game, Toy Box Speedway, will launch this fall. This is a kart-racing game that players can unlock inside of Disney Infinity 3.0.

Disney Infinity 3.0 and its new Base are required to play the expansion games.

Toy Box Takeover and Toy Box Speedway will also be sold separately for $20 each this fall. For a closer look at Disney Infinity 3.0, check out some images in the gallery below.

Disney Infinity Community Builds Disneyland Toy Box in Honor of Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

Want to explore the Disneyland Resort in a whole new way? Leap into the world of Disney Infinity and play with the new Disneyland Toy Box! Just launched along with the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the Disneyland Toy Box was created by the Disney Infinity community. Players have been designing attractions for the game over the past few months, and many even teamed up to create the best attractions possible. Now the winning designs are available to download!

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The complete Disneyland Toy Box includes:

  • Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Fantasyland: Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Peter Pan’s Flight, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, “it’s a small world,” Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Adventureland: Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain,Jungle Cruise, Indiana Jones Adventure
  • Tomorrowland: Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Star Tours, Space Mountain, Autopia, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage

The Disneyland Toy Box has given fans a chance to show their love for the Disneyland Resort across the globe, and it gives you a chance to extend your Disneyland experience into your home. You can download the complete toy box here.

Star Wars Is Coming to Disney Infinity

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Toy-game wonks, listen up: Disney’s Infinity video game series will, as rumored, mark its third outing by packing Luke, Han, Leia, Darth Vader and many more into all new Star Wars-themed play sets when version 3.0 arrives for all the current and last-gen consoles, PC and mobile (iOS, Android) platforms this fall. With Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuting this December, I’m sure you’re totally surprised!

Disney, which harbors some of the world’s most iconic entertainment franchises (Star Wars, The Muppets, Marvel, and of course all the core Disney IP), announced Tuesday that Disney Infinity 3.0 will hit this fall. The Star Wars: The Clone Wars-focused starter pack, which includes a “Twilight of the Republic” play set, Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano, will set you back $64.99. That’s a little lower than its typical asking price, says Disney, and all of the 1.0 and 2.0 figures and power discs will be compatible with 3.0.

Disney says it plans to release three Star Wars play sets, the first (above) set during Episodes I-III, the second during the original trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) and the third, available a bit later this winter, based on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In addition to those, expect new 3.0 play sets that tie into Infinity‘s previous Pixar- and Marvel-angled installments, a few tweaks to Toy Box mode (new gameplay types, including racing, platforming and farming) and new characters, including Ultron (The Avengers: Age of Ultron), Sam Flynn and Quorra (Tron: Legacy), Mulan (Mulan) and Olaf (Frozen).

Back to Star Wars, because that’s why you’re here, Disney says that in addition to the Clone Wars-themed “Twilight of the Republic” play set, another dubbed “Rise of the Empire” will check various original trilogy boxes, letting you play as Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and Vader, pilot X-Wings or the Millennium Falcon in space battles, or poke around planets like Tatooine, Hoth and–wait, sorry, not a planet–Endor.

And that’s just for starters. Disney says to expect more figure and play set announcements in the lead up to the game’s release.

MagicBands Bring More Pixie Dust to Disney Infinity

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Disney Interactive’s gaming platform Disney Infinity joined with Disney Parks to offer Walt Disney World Resort guests with a MagicBand a special surprise. In the recently released edition of the game, Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition), only guests with a MagicBand can unlock the enchanting charm of the “it’s a small world” attraction into their very own Toy Box creation.

Guests unlock the download of “it’s a small world” for their Toy Box by placing a MagicBand over the Disney Infinity Base. The Base will detect the presence of a MagicBand, and then will instantly unlock the “it’s a small world” download with no online connectivity required. Additionally, you’ll be able to enchant other players with the iconic music from the “it’s a small world” attraction in the background. Once you’ve created a saved game, you will always have access to the new content.

Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Gets Release Date

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Disney Interactive has announced a retail release date for the upcoming Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, which will launch in North America on September 23.

Pre-orders kick off today, and players who pre-order the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack from selected retailers will also receive a Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel figure. All characters and power discs from 2013’s Disney Infinity will be compatible with the game.

Fans who own the original Disney Infinity game are also able to purchase Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes digitally. Yesterday, Disney Interactive confirmed a Guardians of the Galaxy playset for Marvel Super Heroes. The characters will be playable in the game’s Toy Box 2.0 mode.

Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) Preview at San Diego Comic-Con

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D23 Members are invited to join Disney Interactive for an exclusive Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) preview event at San Diego Comic-Con! From 2–4 p.m. on July 26, D23 Members are taking over and getting exclusive time to preview this hotly anticipated game.

Swing by the Disney Infinity pop-up shop for a special hands-on experience with Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) including the Marvel Super Heroes Play Sets and the enhanced Toy Box that includes all-new Disney characters. Plus, there are plenty of special surprises and giveaways in store for D23 Members and their guests!

Disney Infinity is an interactive gaming platform where players have unprecedented freedom and endless opportunity to create stories and play experiences starring beloved characters from across the worlds of Disney. Building on the success of last year’s initial launch, Disney Interactive announced that Disney Infinity’s next chapter, Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, will hit stores this fall. In the all-new game, players use real-world interactive figures to activate original storylines (Play Sets) in the virtual game worlds of popular Marvel franchises and create new adventures with other Disney Infinity characters in the Toy Box mode. For more information, visit Disney.com/Infinity.

Overview

Be among the first to experience the Marvel Super Heroes Play Sets, plus special surprises and giveaways!

Tickets

No tickets or reservations required, please present your D23 Membership Card for entry.

Details

D23 Member event is 2–4 p.m. One (1) guest allowed per D23 Member.

NOTE: Available only to D23 Gold and Silver Members in good standing. Each D23 Member may bring up to one (1) guest. Space is limited. This event is not at the San Diego Convention Center, and Comic-Con admission is not required. D23 Members must bring their D23 Membership Card and a valid photo ID. D23 Members who do not bring their membership card will not be admitted to the event. All D23 Special Events are subject to change without notice.

 

D23 to Hold Maleficent/Disney Infinity Event in San Francisco

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Disney Interactive is bringing the evil to the next chapter of Disney Infinity. The night begins with a special presentation from the Disney Infinity team before guests are treated to a sneak peek screening of the Walt Disney Studios upcoming film, Maleficent.

Maleficent, the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic Sleeping Beauty, reveals the events that hardened Maleficent’s heart and drove her to curse the baby Aurora, only to later realize that the child may hold the key to peace in the land.

Disney Infinity is an interactive gaming platform where players have unprecedented freedom and endless opportunity to create stories and play experiences starring the beloved characters from across the worlds of Disney. Building on the success of last year’s initial launch, Disney Interactive announced that Disney Infinity’s next chapter, Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, will hit stores this fall. In the all-new game, players use real-world interactive figures to activate original storylines (Play Sets) in the virtual game worlds of popular Marvel franchises and create new adventures with other Disney Infinity characters in the Toy Box mode. For more information, visit Disney.com/Infinity.

All guests will also receive a limited edition Disney Infinity gift.

Available Exclusively to Gold and Silver Members

You will be required to show your D23 membership card.

Event Date: Wednesday, May 28

Location: AMC Metreon 16, 135 Fourth St., Suite 3000, San Francisco, CA 94103

Overview

Bring on the evil with a first look at what’s coming next toDisney Infinity and an early screening of Maleficent!

Tickets

Free (There will be a $5 ticket processing fee). Tickets available May 16 at 10 a.m. PT. Please check here for ticketing link.

Details

Event begins at 7 p.m.; Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m.