There’s currently a three-way race to become king of the toys-to-life gaming peripheral phenomenon popularized by Skylanders. Alongside Activision’s entry sits Nintendo’s Amiibo figurines and Disney Infinity, which brings characters from Disney and Disney-owned franchises into the gaming sphere. The Avalanche Software-developed series looked to be frontrunner, claiming to have beaten Skylanders in sales earlier this year – something that Activision denied.
However, now the race to come out on top seems all-the-more tight, particularly with the huge growth that Amiibo has seen. Nintendo’s figurine range sold an incredible 710,000 models over three weeks during 2014’s holiday period – and that’s only from Best Buy. Amiibo has been a tremendous success, and with Activision set to join Nintendo in a Skylanders-meets-Amiibo partnership, Disney may be worrying that its Infinity models could be left out in the cold.
The media giant does have a rather big trick up its sleeve, however, and one that is bound to drive sales this year. Disney revealed that Star Wars would be coming to Infinity in 2015, following on from the company’s buy-out of LucasFilm. Now, fans of the film franchise looking to get involved have a finite date to put in their calendars. Star Wars will join the Disney Infinity family from August 30 in North America, released as Disney Infinity 3.0.
The news follows on from a number of reveals surrounding Disney Infinity 3.0 – some intentional and some not. An unfortunate leak revealed the first round of Star Wars characters for the popular gaming peripheral range, including Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka from The Clone Wars. Disney has since confirmed that the pair will be included in the Disney Infinity 3.0 starter pack, which will retail for $65, and also comes with the Star Wars Twilight of the Republic play set and the Disney Infinity 3.0 Base.
Disney has also confirmed that characters from the popular Star Wars Rebels animated series will also be coming to Disney Infinity 3.0. The figures currently set for release are Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger, Sabine Wren, and Zeb Orrelios. Meanwhile, Infinity players will also be able to pick up a play set for Disney Pixar’s Inside Out, as well as a number of other figurines based on iconic Disney characters, including Mickey, Minnie, Olaf, Sam Flynn, Mulan, and Quorra.
All in all, Disney will no doubt be expecting the new Star Wars range to propel Disney Infinity to a whole new level of sales. The publisher is also set to release an exclusive play set for PlayStation consoles, whilst rumors suggest that Nintendo and Disney are working together on a toy and movie partnership that could see the toys-to-life brands intertwine. Let’s wait and see exactly how far Disney Infinity can go.
Disney Infinity 3.0 is set to release in North America on August 30 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC, Wii U, and mobile devices.