Want to find out about what Disney has in store for Disney Infinity in 2016?
Find it at Disney Infinity Next – a new online program that will give fans a look at the past, present and future of Disney Infinity, directed in part, by your feedback. It’s the first of several editions they intend to publish throughout the year, and in the first episode it covers some of Disney Infinity’s highlights from 2015, some early details on 2016 content plans and gives a sneak peek at some of the figures and Play Sets recently launched.
The first edition of Disney Infinity Next can be viewed in its entirety on their YouTube Channel, https://youtu.be/6p2cYYorv3o. Here’s a run-down of the news and details announced in the first episode.
• 2015 – The Force Was Strong with Disney Infinity
The 3.0 Edition welcomed Star Wars™ to Disney Infinity and finishes setting the stage for the platform. Since the franchise launched in 2013, Disney Infinity was a platform for all things Disney. The inclusion of Star Wars lets Disney 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.
This year, they raised the bar with the 3.0 version of the game. All the hard work and the support of the fans have helped Disney Infinity 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!
The value of their fans and the feedback received is important, and they’ve heard your requests to extend the life of 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 they are committed to delivering. So, in 2016, they are focusing development efforts on adding more Play Sets and characters – based on the biggest events coming from Disney this year – to the 3.0 Edition. If it’s happening at The Walt Disney Company, it’s happening inside Disney Infinity.
Four new Play Sets that are compatible with Disney Infinity 3.0 in 2016 will be released. 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.
Welcome Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde from the world of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Zootopia. These new characters from the hit Disney movie, plus four new Power Discs, are now available in stores worldwide. You can catch a clip inside the episode, in which the directors of the movie share their vision behind bringing Judy and Nick as playable characters in Disney Infinity.
• Welcome Baloo!
Jon Favreau’s live-action remake of the classic Disney animated film, The Jungle Book opened earlier this month. To mark the occasion, they opened the Disney vaults to celebrate the animated classics that started it all by bringing Baloo, one of their favorite characters, into the game.
Baloo represents another instance where the feedback of the fans makes a difference. They heard that fans have been asking for more classic Disney animated characters, and it’s always on their minds as they 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.
• Marvel Battlegrounds
Get a deep look inside the development and gameplay of the Marvel Play Set, Marvel Battlegrounds. For this Play Set, they worked closely with the amazing team at Marvel to develop an original story, while partnering with United Front Games on the development. With this Play Set, they are introducing four-player local co-op gameplay to Disney Infinity, which looks to be a perfect fit for the arcade, brawler gameplay featured in Marvel Battlegrounds.
Developed by United Front Games, in partnership with Avalanche Software, Marvel Battlegrounds is the first Play Set to introduce four-player arcade brawler gameplay to Disney Infinity. Players engage in the ultimate rumble as Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains struggle to gain control of Wakanda’s most valuable resource, Vibranium. The ever-growing clash creates factions as the war stretches to the cosmic battlegrounds of space. Players can choose from more than 25 Marvel characters found inside Disney Infinity, and battle through 12 levels across eight dynamic arenas.
The Marvel Battlegrounds Play Set comes bundles with the all new Captain America – The First Avenger figure. Joining the roster of Marvel characters, including Captain America – The First Avenger, the previously released 3.0 figures of Hulkbuster Iron Man and Ultron, and all of the characters from Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition): Marvel Super Heroes are three brand new iconic characters.
• Ant-Man, who shrinks to the size of an ant but increases his strength to pack a whopping punch
• Black Panther, the leader of Wakanda who defends his homeland with acrobatic skills and his legendary claws
• Vision, a brave and noble synthetic warrior who will fight to bring peace to the world
The new line-up of characters includes costumes inspired by the upcoming film “Captain America: Civil War,” releasing in theaters May 6, 2016, with more characters on the way.
Additionally, a new Marvel Battlegrounds-themed Power Disc Pack will be sold separately and contains:
• Cosmic Cube Blast – Unleash a powerful energy blast on nearby foes
• Darkhawk’s Blast – Blast obstacles with a powerful energy beam
• Nova Corps Strike – Call upon the Nova Corps to unleash a tactical strike from above
• Ghost Rider’s Motorcycle – Take a ride on the wild side with Ghost Rider’s flaming motorcycle
Black Suit Spider-Man has been released as an individual character. Originally only available with the PlayStation Vita ® version of Disney Infinity 2.0, fan requests to have him released as a stand-alone figure were heard, and they 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.
Below is the new Marvel Battlegrounds trailer. In case you missed it, watch the new Marvel characters in battle.
The second episode of Disney Infinity Next, which will be released in the coming months and should have more news to share from Pixar.
Here is some additional news for Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars:
• Boba Fett has been released as an individual character. Initially launched as a Sony exclusive, with the Disney Infinity 3.0 Sony Saga Bundle for Playstation 3 & 4, the stand-alone figure is now in stores.
• Kylo Ren Light FX figure has been released to stores. This figure is not exclusive to any specific store, unlike the other Light FX figures that have been released: Darth Vader (Toys R Us), Yoda (Target), Luke Skywalker (Walmart), Obi-Wan Kenobi (Gamestop), Kanan Jarrus (Amazon) and Anakin Skywalker (Best Buy).