Part of the charm of games like Disney Infinity and Lego Dimensions is having a three-dimensional, collectible toy of your favorite character in addition to playing as them on-screen. As Disney Infinity has moved beyond classic Disney film titles, long-time fans of series like Star Wars and Marvel comics like Ant-Man have even gotten drawn in to the games.
Disney Infinity seems to be taking their fan’s interests to heart, in a sudden move by the company to poll their players. Fans of the series may be pleased to know that they’ll have some say in what character is added to the game next.
In an announcement on the official Disney blog, Disney announced that they would be opening a poll to the public to vote for their favorite character to appear in a future Disney Infinity game. While the Disney Infinity Player’s Pick poll is limited to a selection of characters pre-selected by Disney, there’s still a wide array to choose from, ranging from classic Disney animated films to modern Disney cartoons, Pixar titles, and a small selection of characters from live-action Disney films. At the time of this writing, Mabel of Gravity Falls is in the lead with 56% of the vote, followed by Darkwing Duck and Wall-E.
It makes a lot of sense for Disney to poll their audience to see which character should be next. Disney can use the poll as marketing research, and fans of the winning choice may be more inclined to buy the play sets. They may also hope to draw in more fans of Disney and Pixar who generally wouldn’t play a video game, but might if it features their favorite character. It’s possible that Disney may be taking a page from Nintendo’s book, as Nintendo previously polled their fans about which characters should be added to Super Smash Bros. Smash Bros. featured Nintendo’s first Amiibo play-to-life figures, which are a sizable competitor to the Disney Infinity series.
While only the winner is guaranteed to be featured in an upcoming Disney Infinity game, chances are Disney will take note of any other characters that rank well but don’t win. With any luck, fans will get a chance to see some of the runner-ups in games to come, too.