Tuesday, January 15, 2013

To Infinity (and beyond?)

Check out this story on Yahoo news about a new gaming platform called "Infinity" that Disney is about to launch - sometime in June to coincide with Monsters U. 
"Infinity" will blend real-life toy figures depicting various Disney personalities with a sprawling virtual world where those same characters can do stuff like race cars, play games and construct buildings together, as well as go on adventures in their own realms.
"We wanted to make it so that we could have lots of characters from lots of stories we create at Pixar and Disney come together in one place," Disney-Pixar animation chief John Lasseter said at the Tuesday unveiling of "Infinity" at Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre.
The new game system will run on devices such as Xbox 360 and Wii, and even on pads and phones.  The story notes that the characters in the game are not the actual characters, but rather the toy figures brought to life. The game can be compared to Skylanders, but with enhanced options.
The game is essentially divided into two modes: "play sets," featuring structured adventures where gamers can collect vehicles, scenery, gadgets and more; and the "toy box," an unstructured open world where users' imaginations can run wild, much like the games "Minecraft" and "LittleBigPlanet." Both modes allow for gamers to play cooperatively or online together.

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