The whole toy/game hybrid concept must’ve gotten somebody in the industry a huge raise and a fancy corner office, and with a stable that includes some of the most beloved characters in the world, Disney’s entry in the toy-powered adventure game market – Infinity – is ready to wring every last dollar out of the wallets of parents everywhere. After previous installments introduced classic Disney characters and Marvel superheroes into the mix, Disney Infinity 3.0 will go bigger than ever by visiting the Star Wars universe.
With a new canon that consists of six movies and two animated series – not to mention books, comics, other games, and a crop of new upcoming live-action movies beginning with December’s The Force Awakens – just what corners of George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away will Infinity 3.0 visit? GamesBeat has some answers in the form of an early look at Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic, the first of three planned Star Wars “playsets” that will release as part of Infinity‘s third wave.
Set shortly after the events of Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Twilight of the Republic includes the characters Anakin Skywalker and his padawan Ahsoka Tano in its starter pack, and will send the pair on adventure to investigate a droid factory on Geonosis. A new trailer shows off nearly 10 minutes of gameplay from Twilight of the Republic, including combat, platforming, upgrades, and plenty of Force powers.
About halfway through, the video gets to Infinity’s central conceit: the ability to switch between characters using collectible figures. In this case, Anakin steps aside to make way for Master Yoda, and then for Ahsoka. Each character has his or her own play style and powers, although there will be some overlap (for example, in earlier Infinity sets, both Violet from The Incredibles and Randy from Monsters Inc. could turn invisible). The video also explains that all available characters will be usable in the Star Wars Infinity playsets, so players will be able to drop Han Solo into the Geonosis action, or young Anakin Skywalker into the second Star Wars pack, Rise Against the Empire, which is set during the original trilogy. And then there’s the third pack, which will be based on The Force Awakens, introducing a whole new generation of Star Wars characters.
Since Disney’s multi-billion-dollar purchase of Lucasfilm in 2012, Star Wars has grown bigger than ever, with the House of Mouse coordinating across multiple divisions to create a streamlined Star Wars universe with a more consistent canon. A big part of the franchise’s revitalization is a slate of new Star Wars films, and The Force Awakens should be a monster hit this holiday season. The Force Awakens will be followed by a”standalone” spinoff, Rogue One, in 2016. Needless to say, Star Wars games will continue to be an area of huge potential success in years to come – as will Infinity‘s “toys and videogames” hybrid model.
Ada Dunn, vice president of Lucasfilm digital business and franchise management at Disney, told GamesBeat:
It was very important to create an authentic and complete Star Wars experience. We know from research that video games are often the first way that kids experience Star Wars for the first time. We also know Star Wars is a multi-generational property. We often see parents introducing their children to Star Wars in multiple formats, beyond the films.
Dunn added that Infinity 3.0‘s Star Wars playsets will feature not just the lightsaber combat action on display in the video above, but also space combat and, from the looks of the screenshots, a bit of good old-fashioned podracing.
The Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic playset will come bundled as a part of the Disney Infinity 3.0 Starter Pack, which will retail for $65 when it releases later this fall. The Rise Against the Empire playset includes Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa toys. Other Star Wars figures coming as part of the Infinity 3.0 lineup include Darth Vader, Han Solo, and Chewbacca.
No doubt Infinity 3.0 will be one of the hotter items heading into the Christmas season, but Disney will have some competition: Warner Bros.’ Lego Dimensions will launch this September, incorporating characters from Back to the Future, Doctor Who, The Simpsons, DC Comics, and more. In addition to Star Wars, Infinity 3.0 will also introduce playsets from Avengers: Age of Ultron and the upcoming Pixar film Inside Out.
Disney’s Infinity 3.0 is set to launch sometime this fall.