On the 10th of May Disney announced that it would be shutting down Avalanche SoftwareDisney ending Infinity video game line, their internal game studio, and bringing an end to the Infinity video game line. The news bring an unfortunate end to a promising video game line. The sad truth is that Disney lacked the expertise of their competitors in the current toys-to-life market and as a result it’s lights out for a studio of incredibly talented people that my thoughts go out to.
I have always loved everything Disney, ever since I was a little girl. It’s a love that like many I’ve just never grown out of, there’s magic in everything they do. In fact I love Disney so much that I have Ariel tattooed on my leg and an adaptation of Alice In Wonderland forms my half sleeve, so it’s a pretty deep permanent attachment. When Disney Infinity first hit the shelves in 2013 I was massively intrigued by the collectible figures but the game itself failed to draw me in. Convinced that it was aimed so solely at children that it wouldn’t hold my interest for long enough (anyone who personally knows me and knows how big a child I still am is reading this thinking ‘Is she kidding?’) I opted not to buy it and since I was still living at home and hadn’t yet fully embraced my love of collecting figures I didn’t buy those either.
Fast forward two years; it’s 2015, I’ve moved out and Disney Infinity 3.0 is released. It’s theme? Star Wars. Now I’m a pretty huge Star Wars nerd so my ears immediately prick up at the mention of anything to do with it and as soon as it was released there was a whole lot of mentioning going on, especially on Twitter. If I had to attribute my purchases and subsequent love of the series to anyone it would have to be Gail Simone.Gail Simone(@GailSimone) bio That woman put out so much love and posted so many photos of the 3.0 series that I caved and I bought it.
Quite frankly, it was a great gaming purchase so thank you Gail Simone! The game itself has so much variety. For anyone who doesn’t know much about it there are three generations; 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 funnily enough. Each generation has a main theme and then usually at least one off-theme playset as well as an abundance of extras and mini-games. If you haven’t played it and aren’t interested in doing so then you’ll just have to take my word for it when I say it’s super fun regardless of how old you are. The combat system was influenced by things like Kingdom Hearts and DMC so while it is still primarily a game targeted at children it’s become complex enough to keep adults entertained as well.
Clearly the other big draw of this game for me was the inclusion of the toys-to-life element. I defy anyone to tell me they’ve never secretly hoped that Toy Story was real and this is the closest I’m ever going to get. The best part of the toys-to-life element is the quality of the figures themselves. I know some people will look at these styles of game and genuinely wonder why anyone would part with £10+ each for an extra figure. In terms of some games I can totally understand that logic, the build quality of the product you get just simply isn’t worth the money. But in an age where everyone is parting with insane amounts of money for pieces of generic badly made vinyl figures *cough*FunkoPopVinyls*cough* the Infinity figures were a breath of fresh air. The quality and attention to detail on them make them more than worth the price. Especially when they’re compared to figures of similar price currently on the market for franchises such as Star Wars, Inside Out, Marvel etc. They don’t look like cheap hunks of plastic the sole purpose of which is to bring a character into your game, they’re worthy collectibles in their own right. Something which I have no doubt they’ve already become for many people, myself included.
I take my hat off to the people of Avalanche for putting a little more magic into the world. The attention to detail and ability to make you smile as you watch your favourite Disney characters come to life made Infinity not just a game but an experience every Disney fan will cherish.
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