Well, Disney Infinity fans, it’s happening. Marvel is coming to our universe! During a special webcast announcement, Disney Interactive President Jimmy Pitaro and Marvel Chief Creative Officer were joined by Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Clark Gregg to introduce Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, the first chapter of Disney Infinity 2.0. The project, which involves a completely new starter pack, character figures, and Power Discs, will bring new depth to the game. Here is what has been confirmed along with my reaction to the news.
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes centers around, well, just that: the daring fellows who come to the rescue of those in need and defeat villainous foes along the way. Since Disney acquired the rights to Marvel back in 2009, fans around the world have speculated as to where and when we’d see the likes of Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, The Hulk, etc. in future franchises; Spider-Man will also make an appearance. For Disney Infinity fans, this has been on the minds of many since the first version was released this past summer. Although I expected to see Star Wars enter the game before Marvel characters, this move does make sense. Video games are filled with action, challenges, and adventures. While this could be accomplished in the world of George Lucas, I think Marvel better lends itself to a game like Disney Infinity.
During today’s announcement, Disney Interactive explained that Disney Infinity 2.0 would emerge as an entirely new game beginning with a starter pack that includes the game disc (the Avengers playset – which is said to be absolutely huge and four times bigger than The Incredibles set – think: Marvel Manhattan, three character figures (Thor, Iron Man, and Black Widow), and two Power Discs. Additional accessories would be available as done with the first version and those gamers have already acquired are completely forward compatible. This means that you can grab your Sorcerer Mickey or Jack Skellington figure from Disney Infinity 1.0 and bring it into the super hero world. Power Discs will also work with the new version of the game as well as players’ custom-made toy boxes.
Not surprisingly, Disney Infinity 2.0 will also be compatible with the most recent game systems that hit the market around the holidays. Both XBox One and PS4 will have their own games that are expected to be impressive due to console capabilities. Those hoping for a Wii or DS version will be disappointed though as they will not be produced and rightfully so after the atrocities that were released with 1.0; Infinity is truly half of the game on those consoles, but I digress.
Over 20 character figures are expected to be released for Disney Infinity 2.0. As mentioned earlier, Spider-Man was seen in a clip from today’s webcast which could be a very cool character to play with. Likewise, those from Guardians of the Galaxy were hinted at, but we won’t know the official list of characters until a later date. The official word is that some will be Disney characters, but I can’t see there being many in a set that is completely themed to Marvel super heroes. Only time will tell. In the interim, I did spot a few favorites during the webcast today. Can you spot three of them in the pictures below?
In addition to the new characters and playsets, Disney Infinity 2.0 will also rev up the Toy Box mode where players can design their own virtual worlds. New options like the Creator tool will make it easier to build them and automated townspeople characters will be available to help you build. You can simply drop a builder into the Toy Box, and they will do some of the dirty work for you. I think that is one of the cooler parts of this new version as it can be a bit daunting to build a large Toy Box. Hundreds of Marvel-themed unlockable props, items, locations, and characters will really bring it to a new level.
Despite all of the new features and accessories, I can’t help but feel a bit let down by today’s announcement. Yes, adding super heroes to the game has that level of “cool.” Who doesn’t like the idea of protecting the good and defeating evil? Plus, new Disney Infinity merchandise is always exciting. With that being said though, for someone like me, who has absolutely no interest in Marvel stories, what is there left? As it stands right now, not much. The fact that the game has been improved upon is pretty neat. I also appreciate the creators making longer playsets (apparently the first has up to six hours of game time!). However, I don’t connect with the characters, so I’m not sure if this is something I will be purchasing. If future announcements reveal that the Disney elements are more prominent, I might change my mind. Similarly, does 2.0 have something for the princess-lovers out there? those looking for more classic characters? those who rather stick with strictly Disney? I guess we will have to wait until the release this fall to see.
What do you think of today’s announcement? Does it have everything you were wishing for? Post your comments below, and let us know your thoughts!