Finally, after 5 years we get to see one of the many benefits of when Disney decided to purchase Marvel. Starting this fall (assumed), Disney Infinity will receive a 2.0 version, which includes Disney-fied versions of Marvel’s beloved characters and we couldn’t be more ecstatic.
For anyone unfamiliar with the game, you place physical versions of your character (mini figurines) on a portal which is connected to your video game console. Within the game, you then take control of that specific character and can complete missions, play in the sandbox, or whatever features the game is offering. If you’re familiar with Activision’s Skylanders series, the game is nigh-identical. Now that Marvel will be stepping into the ring, I may give up my love and adoration for the Skylands and move into this market instead.
What seems to be the most intriguing aspect is how Disney has reenvisioned the Marvel heroes and brought them to life in the game. Black Widow seems like she was taken right out of The Incredibles, and Nick Fury may be Frozone from that film as well. The funniest character so far seems to be the villain MODOK, who’s head is way too large for his body. Either way, the transition from one form to the other is worth the payoff. Children and adults everywhere will definitely be into this series.
Another great feature, is the backwards compatibility. Characters from Disney Infinity 1.0 will work in game with the 2.0 version as well. I can’t wait for the day where Jack Skellington and Thor are destroying Frost Giants side by side on my TV. That will be the day, my friends. Even for the ladies, you could be Elsa from Frozen and (hopefully) Ms. Marvel racing on a track made in the sandbox. The possibilities are presumably endless.
Lastly, is the inclusion of power discs. They’re discs that are placed on the portal to give you extra features, abilities, or items in game. These include a Helicarrier Strike from Nick Fury, team-ups from The Winter Soldier, the Falcon’s wings to fly around, and ultimately Lola, Agent Coulson’s car from Agents of SHIELD. These little items will be the ones to make the game come to life and you’ll see me on Day 1 buying it up. Good bye real world, hello Infinity.
Check out the trailer and full gallery and let us know if you’ll be purchasing the game when it comes out!
Marvel & Disney’s Press Release
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes features more than 20 new interactive figures from across the Marvel universe, original storylines penned by award-wining Marvel comic writer Brian Michael Bendis, and an all-new Toy Box mode that makes it easier for players to create and share their one-of-a-kind levels and mini-games with family and friends. In addition, all characters and power discs from last year’s release of Disney Infinity will be compatible with the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Toy Box.
“Disney Infinity was, from the start, built to be an interactive experience where players could bring together their favorite Disney characters and stories to create new Disney memories. With the introduction of Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, we’re ushering in a new chapter of adventures, featuring a cast of the world’s most popular Super Heroes,” said Jimmy Pitaro, President of Disney Interactive. “Bringing popular and iconic Marvel characters to the Disney Infinity platform truly takes this game to the next level.”
“We’ve worked closely with the Disney Interactive team to deliver an incredible line-up of Marvel characters and great storytelling for the next chapter of Disney Infinity,” said Peter Phillips, EVP and General Manager, Interactive & Digital Distribution at Marvel Entertainment. “The 2.0 edition will allow Marvel fans around the world to interact with their favorite Marvel Super Heroes in entirely new ways, including compelling gameplay and a new line of collectible interactive figures.”
The Avengers’ Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, Captain America, Hulk and Hawkeye will debut when the game launches this fall, along with additional Play Sets and characters from other popular Marvel and Disney franchises, which will be announced in the coming months. Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes will be available for the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the WiiU™ system from Nintendo, PC and iOS tablets and smart phones.
“Marvel Super Heroes fit perfectly into Disney Infinity, and with them we are pushing the platform’s limits of creativity and imagination,” said John Blackburn, VP and General Manager of Avalanche Software. “We’ve enhanced and redesigned the gameplay to match the Marvel characters, while also making it easier than ever for players to express and share their own creativity.”