Walt Disney has delayed the launch date of Disney Infinity, the company’s planned game and figurine set, similar to that of the successful Skylanders game.
The game was originally scheduled for a June release date, but has now been pushed back to August, in order to “capitalise on a more favourable retail season” and to “add more bells and whistles.”
The North American release date is 18 August, with no news on a specific EU release date.
Disney Infinity works by allowing gamers to transport characters into the game by using action figures. The figures are placed on a flat hexagonal board, which are then emulated into the game world.
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 such as “Minecraft” and “LittleBigPlanet.” Both modes allow for gamers to play cooperatively or online together.
A starter pack for “Infinity” will include the game, reader, play set piece and three figures: Sulley of “Monsters University,” Captain Jack Sparrow of “Pirates of the Caribbean” and Mr. Incredible of “The Incredibles.”
The starter pack will cost $74.99, the same price as the “Skylanders: Giants” starter pack released in 2012.
“Infinity” will initially launch with 17 figures ($12.99 a piece, or $29.99 for a three-pack) and 20 power discs ($4.99 a pack).