Let’s face it, Disney Interactive could have easily slapped a Marvel logo on Disney Infinity and solid several million copies. However, that wouldn’t have been very fulfilling for fans of the original game.
Thankfully, DI is not doing that for Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition), but rather the developer is revamping every facet of the game from top to bottom. Oh, and there adding a roster of Marvel comics icons for good measure.
One area of 2.0 Edition that hasn’t been getting much attention as of late — overshadowed by the introduction of the Guardians of the Galaxy — is the new and improved Toy Box mode. Disney Infinity‘s free form creation engine showed a lot of potential the first time around, but certainly left room for improvement. And improve Disney did, as evidenced in the trailer above.
For Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition), the developers have not completely redesigned the Toy Box mode, but have made each element smarter instead. Thanks to the builder and creator characters, Disney can take what is largely a daunting task and make it easy. Want to build a treehouse? Simply take a treehouse builder, put him/her in the Toy Box, and let them go to work.
The same is true of the Challenge Makers, which let players set rules and parameters for their Toy Box mini-games. No skill is needed, and the Toy Box will provide as much or as little guidance as players want.
Of course, those players who do want to dive deep into Toy Box have new features as well, like interiors, text bubbles, and easier management for saved Toy box creations. The end goal of Toy Box 2.0 is to have players creating their own Disney storylines complete with unique characters and backdrops, or in other words to turn every player into a developer. Disney Infinity 2.0 will even include a space where you can rate other player’s Toy Boxes, which should hopefully bring the cream to the top.
Although the Toy Box mode in the first Disney Infinity was a novel feature, it left a lot to be desired. For a game that is mostly focused on younger gamers and families, the idea of creating a completely new world was daunting to say the least.
However, with Toy Box 2.0, it appears Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes is making some smart changes and adding helpful new features to ensure the prospect of building something from nothing doesn’t seem as impossible. What we’ve seen of Toy Box 2.0 in hands-on sessions has been mighty impressive, and creating new worlds is easier than ever, to the point that uniting imagination with execution actually seems doable. More importantly, Disney Interactive is not letting Marvel‘s billion dollar appeal do all the work, but instead they are trying to take fan feedback and turn that into a better overall product.
What do you think of Disney Infinity‘s Toy Box 2.0 mode? What features would you like to see added to the mode?
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) releases September 23, 2014 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
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